According to DDP, led by someProfessor Peter Mutharika, the DPP led government can do all the bad things in the book without any regard to the wellbeing of Malawians because Kamuzu was also doing the same things.To this effect, DPP has categorically put it on record that they do not carefakolo, even if Malawians can cry their lungs out,taking abloated 115 entourage to the UNGA because Kamuzu was also hiring planes and picking hangers on.
Without even bothering myself to debate on this issue, I can authoritativelychallenge DPP’s reasoning as pathetic at all angles. DPP’s argument is flawed and lacks any judgemental substanceand has all the flavour of arrogance and disregard to addressing the real issues.From day one, since assuming the position of president, Peter Mutharika has proved to be a very controversial figure, both in the action and reasoning faculties.
Everything associated with the surreptitious electing of Peter Mutharika as a presidentstinks to high heaven. Peter Mutharika’s many blunders in his leadership style continuously reminds me that this man is nothing but a putty in nefarious hands. On the other hand, if the man is notputty then he doesn’t have anything worthy to hold the highest office. Considering both his un-presidential rhetoric (the legendary fwe-fwe-fwe and n’gwe-n’gwe-n’gwe) and the social-economic ills Malawians are currently faced with, Peter Mutharika is not only unqualified but unsuitable for the position.
The news conference Peter Mutharika held on Wednesday, the 7th October on his United Nations trip just shows that the man, to put it mildly, is a GOOFY full time. The man we call “our president” can’t even grasp a simple logical thinking process.During the press conference, nothing of any presidential substance came out from this man’s mouth – it was all arrogance, anger and lies. Malawians are lamenting the lack of judgement in “their president”.
The issue is not Peter Mutharika flying all over the world with his tribesmen and cronies. Not at all. The issue at hand is his judgement as a leader. It was very stupid of him as a president and disregard to Malawians who have no medication, food, and any basic necessities for Peter Mutharika to spend millions and millions of tax payers’ money on a jolly ride to New York with a useless bloated entourage. Why can’t the man grasp this simple logic? Even if Peter Mutharika could not attend the UNGA, the world could not miss him. What value did he add? If you ask me, it a big fat ZERO.
It would probably have been easier for Malawians to stomach had Peter Mutharika been anautocrat who had taken power by force. It’s well documented that Peter Mutharika with his cohort, popularly known as the midnight sixwanted to do exactly that. We aretold that this Mafioso operative nearly pulled it through, if it wasn’t for some one good God-sent Henry Odillo. Odillo is now history, paying for doing the right thing. With that scenario, Malawians could have simply absolved themselves of any responsibility for his actions.
But to elect a leader to the highest office in the land – repository of Malawians’ long-held hopes and dreams – and then see him or his office, exploit and abuse this position for his own selfish ends, is too much to take. It defies not only the aspirations Malawians had, but the sacrificesmade by somany people, who are no longer with us today, to create a better Malawi for all.
The love of money, an ancient evangelist once proclaimed, is the root of all evil. One morning, barely two months after Peter Mutharika became president, Malawians woke up to some shocking news that the president had givenand approved an exorbitant salary increase for himself. Immediately, there was a country-wide outcry that the president couldn’t bear, and as a result “our clever president” rushed to “his own” media mouthpiece, the MBC, and told the nation that after a careful and deep retrospection he has decided to postpone his salary increase.
I should put it to the president, or rather school him, that the exorbitant increase and approval of his own salary was immoral. Furthermore, I also would like to remind the president that increasing a salary and postponing on receiving it, is total nonsense because that is an increase still. It is a demonstration of clear greed, arrogance and lack of leadership and love for the nation. If the truth be told, Peter Mutharika’s salary at the moment deserves an exorbitant decrease. In fact, he deserves no salary at all.
Mr Allan Ntata, former legal adviser to Bingu Mutharika, claims that Peter Mutharika is directly implicated in cash gate. This has prompted the president to sort a court injunction against Mr Allan Ntata, and Nyasa Times for publishing the article written by Mr Allan Ntata that implicated Peter Mutharika in the scandal. One wonders why the president has gone that far if he knows, deep down in his heart, that he is innocent on what is alleged against him. It even defies any logic that Peter Mutharika can think that Mr Allan Ntata implicated him on something so demeaning and humiliating when he, Mr Allan Ntata, does not have any evidence to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that Peter Mutharika was indeed involved in cash gate.
In fact, of late, it has been revealed that Peter Mutharika himself withdrew Mk5billion from RBM and has stanched the loot in some bank in Singapore. To date Peter Mutharika hasn’t refuted that allegation. What conclusions should the public draw from Peter Mutharika’s silence on the Mk5billion?
It is common knowledgethat Peter Mutharika lied about his net worth. Attempts have been made to justify his lie but unfortunately any excuse given to justify it does not hold any water. The 21st Century Chambers Dictionary, defines a lie as “to say things that are not true with the intention to deceiving”. In other words, to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive. The Christians’ holy book (the bible) condemns a lie in its entirety. Other religions’ holy books, for example the Quran (Islam), the Torah (Judaism) and the Vedas (Hinduism) alsocondemna lie in the strongest terms. Buddhism, a nontheistic religion, mostly consideredas a philosophy, also condemns a lie.
I am sure that even Satan, Lucifer the Devil (and some call him the Liar), condemns a lie as he would not entertain or even tolerate the idea ofbeing lied to byanyone else. Alie isperverse, pervasive and destructive and as such it is the worst immoral behaviour of the highest level in any society. Lying is more often than not used to manipulate the feelings, thoughts and actions of others in order to benefit the person doing the lying. We can then conclude without contradiction that Peter Mutharika’s lies are for nothing elsebut his personal benefitin one way or the other.
At the moment, the majority of Malawians are in dire straits because of the social economic ills Malawi is faced with and there is a country-wide outcry at the denouncing Peter Mutharika’s leadership.
Peter Mutharika’s presidency is – excuse my phrase – just a monkey. The organ grinder that sits proudly (without shame or remorse) atop the totem pole. And some ofhis blind supporters, mostly his tribesmen, have vowed to defend and keep him atop the totem pole, come 2019.
When Peter Mutharika was elected president, honestly without knowing the man, I looked at him as generously and as charitably as I could. I couldn’t see what attracted the 33% that voted for him. There was nothing there. The man, to me, looked nothing but an empty vessel.
His first speech as a president, which in my opinion was supposed to be a “punch” which would give Malawians some hope, was nothing but a political rhetoric full of bla bla bla blas.When I raised some of my concerns of the man to some of my friends in DPP, their counter argument was that Peter Mutharika isdown-to-earth, thinker, approachable, good listener, decisive and a no-nonsense.
All these adjectives applauded to him by his apologists was of course just a backhanded stab at Bingu Mutharika to make Peter Mutharika look like more of a better devil than his brother, who was arrogant, aloof, vindictive, tribalistic to the core and too controlling. Although not proficient in expressing himself, he is a very educated man and a team player who is able to marshal the troops, they said.
Since taking office,Peter Mutharika has set about refuting or trampling on the hopes of his apologists and those who voted for him. He seems bent on shaming them all, despite their best endeavours to defend him and his merry band of marauders. The man is ploughing on and adamantly vowing and challenging to stay put – no shame, no remorse, no scruples and no morals. In my opinion, he is the worst president, in all aspects, Malawi has ever had and a joke of the highest level.
Peter Mutharika’s overriding weakness – and he has many – seems to be his love or appetite for money and power; its voracious and all consuming. He is preparedto use what he has, his office, to get whatever he wants. That’s his business model.The man brags to Malawians that he was already a millionaire when he came to Malawi. If that is true, then Peter Mutharika should be some kind of millionaire because millionaires don’t lodge at their brother’s rented house in Area 15, don’t increase their salaries, don’t lie about their net wealth, don’t buy houses fraudulently, don’t steal Mk5billion from a poor country and cannot be implicated in any cash gate scandal. Where are the millions?
Section 86(2a) of our Constitution on the impeachment ofa serving president, says the following:“……indictment and conviction by impeachment shall be on the grounds of serious violation of the Constitution or serious breach of the written laws of the Republic that either occurred or came to light during the term of the office of the president……”Doesn’t Peter Mutharika’s implication in cash gate and the stealing of Mk5billion from the RBM and hiding it in some foreign bank in Singapore constitute a serious violation of the Constitution (as per his oath of office) and the laws of the Republic?Why can’t the opposition use the Constitution to impeach Peter Mutharika? What are they scared of?
I was in my home village a week ago and met an old couple who was sent home by a local clinic because there was no medication at the clinic. They wanted to know when Peter Mutharika would step down. In 2019 maybe, I said. They all sighed, clapped their hands and looked up to the heavens as if in a prayer. It was crystal clear to me that for this old couple Peter Mutharika should step down now. The majority of Malawians, like this old couple feel the same as they are treated like slaves by Peter Mutharika in their own country.
I wonder what we Malawians are waiting for to kick out this arrogant moron before he completely destroys the country. Countrymen, Malawi belongs to us all and it is all what we have got and we cannot afford just to stand by and watch one psychopathy destroying our country. Peter Mutharika does not own Malawi. We voted him as president, we can as well kick him out. Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and many other countries did. IT IS POSSIBLE!!!!!!
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