Malawians reacted angrily on Capital FM radio Newtalk programme on Monday on possibilities of having President Bingu wa Mutharika being succeeded by his kid brother, Peter, in 2014.
The closely-held broadcaster hosted the programme for people to air their views on Peter Mutharika who publicly told a rally in Mzuzu that he is interested to contest for the presidency in 2014 after DPP endorsed him as their presidential candidate.
Newstalk host Brian Banda was at times forced to censor some callers who wanted to speak unpalatable words on air against Mutharika’s candidature.
“We cannot have another Mutharika for president. We are tired of these people,” said one caller.
Another contributor criticised the president’s brother, who is currently minister of foreign affairs, for using a chopper in his Mzuzu campaign trip.
Mutharika reportedly arrived in Mzuzu on a presidential helicopter and touched down at Mzuzu airport where he proceeded to symbolically switch on street lights in a K110 million projects aimed to rehabilitate the lights in the city – a role which should have been done by Local Government Minister.
Most of the callers said Malawians were not happy with the leadership of incumbent Mutharika and would not want a hereditary of presidency.
“Malawi is not a monarchy to have power switch from brother to brother, father to son and mother to sister,” said one.
But Mutharika, speaking in Mzuzu challenged that those who want the presidency must be ready to face him under the banner of DPP, insisting “no one will defeat DPP IN 2014.”
But Mutharika insists: “I haven’t declared my campaign as people suggest.”
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