Opposition leader asks Malawi President to ‘gracefully’ leave office or be booted out

Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera has raised political tensions dramatically after calling for President Peter Mutharika leave office “gracefully” in the interest of the country or be removed by Malawians.

Chakwera: Mutharika should  mark my words, his  time of abusing Malawians is over

Chakwera, the president of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), chose his moment after a Cabinet reshuffle to raise the stakes in his confrontation with the government with calls for Mutharika to resign before the next presidential poll, due May 21 2019.

He said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times that he has regularly addressed Malawians on the problems of the Mutharika administration for over four years, hoping that in doing so, the State President would heed counsel and, in the final analysis, use his office for sound servant leadership rather than abuse of power.

“But looking at Mutharika’s new Cabinet, it is clear not only that Mutharika is no longer listening to good and free counsel, but also that he has no single regard for Malawians, much less the willingness to listen to their plight and undo their perils,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera said the reorganised is a “shameful disgrace” and an unprecedented insult to all Malawians.

He described the President’s Cabinet as “divisive” and nepotistic.

He said: “You have now made it clear by the lopsided regional distribution of cabinet seats that you are a tribal President, not a national one.

“Besides, you clearly have no interest in appointing people on merit, leaving our nation groping in the darkness of mediocrity. “

He continued: “So, for the sake of all the tribes and regions of Malawi, I say shame on you.”

The MCP president also pointed out that the Cabinet has reduced women representation in the 20-member team from four to three, saying that is being “oppressive to our women of honour.”

Chakwera said the President has done that despite the fact that he is supposed to be a “HeforShe Champion” and a Law Professor who knows that the country’s laws require at least 40 percent of female representation in decision making.

“You are now thus a professor of law-breaking,” said Chakwera in his scathing statement.

The leader of apposition also faulted Mutharika for appointing overzealous ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor for the South, Charles Mchacha, who has been infamous for slut-shaming women that have dissenting views with the DPP.

“You have even appointed to your cabinet someone who just recently publicly called Malawian women who support other parties by derogatory terms, as if to reward him for degrading our women of honour.

So for the sake of every Malawian woman and girl child, I say shame on you!”

Chakwera asked Mutharika to mark his words: “Your time of abusing Malawians is over.”

He asked Mutharika: “Now, you can either leave office gracefully and voluntarily or be removed by the Malawians who will boot you out of office for insulting them yet again with this cabinet.

“Either way, Mr President, you better put your house in order now, because your time is up!”

Speaking on Times Radio, MCP spokesman Reverend Maurice Munthali confirmed the statement was authentic coming from Chakwera and also maintained the tone, saying “it’s a shame.”

Minister of Information Henry Mussa said he will react to the statement after reading it.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From the World

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Lone Wolf
Guest

How many times has chakwera asked the president to step down for the past 12 months. In much as we know that the president has failed us in some areas, he has also done some thing in others. Chakwera too cannot helps us no wonder a good number of his followers are now UTM because alibe mfundo. Just look at the issues he is calling the president to resign of. Petty issues not worthy a president to resign. Should a whole president resign because there are no women in cabinet? This man is just power hungry, why continuing calling for… Read more »

Vison
Guest
Vison

But did you read your trash before you posted ?. are you sure Munthalika is doing any good to Malawians apart from his own tribe , Lohmwe tribe?. Munthalika is a failed president Malawi has never and will never have in future. take it or leave it.

Bodza la N'nanu
Guest
Bodza la N'nanu

Chakwera, you have been saying this from day one and APM is still there as a thorny president. Just work hard campaigning so you dethrone him in May 2019.

Hatton
Guest
Hatton

Mr Leader of opposition you have yet again displayed your devilish hunger for power. Prove to Malawians that your MCP NEC has the 40% women representation. Your NEC has more Lilongwe representation than any other district. If that is not nepotistic tell Malawians what it is. You insulted Malawian women of honour by appointing women in your NEC as mere NEC members thereby denying them decision making opportunity. You are up in arms against honourable member for Dedza East and also Kabwira by your mechanisation to rig primary elections in their constituencies as you did with Njobvuyalema. If what you… Read more »

Mwananyanian
Guest
Mwananyanian

oChakwera’s accusatory statements are simply out of order, personally disrespectful of the President and unbecoming of a leader of the opposition in Parliament. If all oChakwera can do is pull the tribal card, he’s failing. Malawians are interested in policies that make their lives better; and so far MCP has failed to advance significant plausible ideas. MCP is now panicking, since Chilima appears to slice off a section of MCPers in the next elections. This degree of negativity won’t help MCP, even a bit. There is no tribal favoritism what so ever in the new cabinet. As for regionalism, every… Read more »

Kanyimbi
Guest
Kanyimbi

Opposition Leader you’ve a legal instrument that u can use in November Parliament by woeing all upright members to boot out as u said our lost but found President.

ndele
Guest
ndele

kkkkkk wina akuva mpwelelele. abusa a mcaca ali kuti apempherere plesdent. wapombonezeka.
l
acewa amati wazhweta mutu bwana nkulu boma.
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk alamu mwakalamba

Guantanamo
Guest
Guantanamo

DPP your time is over . You have indeed taken people for granted.

mediaz
Guest
mediaz

Gustave and msowoya were power hungry leaders they removed themselves.Mufune musafune Chakwera akuwina 2019 muzakhumudwa,,,

Chiswa B
Guest
Chiswa B

chakwera MIA MSOWOYO

Thama
Guest
Thama

So does Chakwera have Speaker Msowoya and Gustav Kaliwo. How hypocritical of Chakwera.

More From Nyasatimes