Mutharika’s resignation call backed in phone-in

Malawi’s privately owned Capital Radio’s Newstalk phone-in programme on Monday asked people to air their views on the resolution of Public Affairs Committee (PAC) asking president Bingu wa Mutharika to resign with candidly telling the President to “pack-up and hit the road.”

Out of the people who contributed, up to 113 people called on Mutharika to resign peacefully within the prescribed days than be removed violently.

About 20 said they did not agree with the demand, saying the President need to hold on until he finishes his term in two-year time. There were three who were neutral.

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Some contributing through text messages sent scatching comments which were censored by host Brian Banda.

Held in the commercial capital, Blantyre, under the theme: “Time to Reclaim Destiny: Seeking Redress to Economic and Political Challenges in Malawi” the PAC conference was organised to discuss the economic and political challenges currently the nation.

The meeting which was attended by civil rights groups, political parties and academics ended with a communiqué which pointed out the country’s economic and political situation in Malawi had reached crisis point to the point that the electorate had lost confidence in the president and his government.

“We call on the President to call for a national referendum to seek a fresh mandate from the people of Malawi as we believe the sustained trust given to him by the people of Malawi has been eroded,” read the PAC communiqué, adding: “We call for the resignation of the President in the event that these demands are not complied with.”

Mutharika continue to face several attacks from Malawians commenting on Nyasa Times online and also social media.

Several people have taken it on Twitter and Facebook asking Mutharika to stand down.

However, the radio phone-in became a litmus test Mutharika’s appeal to hold on to power, as several callers strongly criticised his performance and abilities.

The PAC communiqué further called upon Malawians “to resort to lawful means of civil disobedience if the demands continue to be ignored”.

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