Who does President Mutharika trust now?

The October 17 by-election results have left President Peter Mutharika with more questions than answers.

President Peter Mutharika: Reality check

I think it really feels good for political leaders to be sweet-talked. No wonder, they are prone to deceit from opportunists with the dexterities to candy-coat their inebriating talks.

I do not want to insinuate that the learned professor of law has been intoxicated with lies by political conmen, the snakes he nurtures like pets.

The by-election results are not only embarrassing to APM and his party, but excruciating.

How can the ruling party, given all its resources and political edge, perform so miserably?

This calls for more soul-searching.

Certainly, APM was assured of good result.

Who does he trust now?

The people have spoken. This is not the voice of the few “elites” and “privileged” around APM.

It is the public expression of their attitude towards Mutharika and his administration.

The public voice is always louder and clearer. They neither whisper nor sugar-coat their feelings. Former President Joyce Banda had her share in 2014.

The by-election results reflect people’s truth.

The question is: Whose voice does APM now trust? The DPP cadres or the public?

What a reality check!

Given the abrasiveness and arrogance of our politicians, they will find a way to sugar-coat the poll defeat in APM’s presence.

It will be foolhardy for the President to entertain any lame excuses for these pitiable results.

He needs to listen to the people’s views for his DPP to compete favourably with the seemingly unstoppable MCP in 2019.

Arrogance in view of these results is a recipe for another failure.

If DPP cadres still dispute the unpopularity of the President and his party, sober mind will seek no more evidence than these results.

I feel for the President. I envision him couched at Sanjika Palace, waiting in hope for a landslide victory in last week’s by-elections only to be awakened by tremours of the hopeless defeat.

What a fall of the ‘mighty’ party! Certainly, in the run-up to the by-elections, party elites’ message to the President was: “Don’t worry, boss; we are doing everything on the ground”.

The results constitute a rude awakening for Mutharika and embarrassing to the party in power.

The President must walk out of the deceptive cave to face the harsh reality on the ground.

The greatest weakness for him is to make no effort to see things with a different lens.

He needs to take off the blue political lenses of DPP, which are coloured by opinionated view of the opportunists and bootlickers, and wear the lens of a national leader.

DPP’s performance in these by-elections cannot surprise any analytical mind.

The party has been losing its salt for years.

I hope Mutharika’s comprehension and reasoning is not impaired and choked by the voice of buccaneers around him.

Who does APM now trust given that almost all people around him seem to have personal interests? Certainly, he needs to attentively listen to all what his party leaders consider dissenting views and make sense out of it.

Unfortunately, politicians are prone to deceit and the President is no exception.

He may be fascinated by well-articulated lies and take them for truth although the whole truth is clear on the wall: people have lost confidence in DPP again.

If Mutharika does not listen to the voice of truth from the people and opt to be embellished with lies, he is digging a grave for his party. The question remains: Who should APM trust now?

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4 years ago

George Chaponda

nsanai kugwe
nsanai kugwe
4 years ago

atha awa .pakamwa ndi pa boma akulu ananena kale. taaonani pakamwa kuipa ngati mugabi.
hehedeeeee vilombo vaukila anuwake

Nikolaos Logophilius
Nikolaos Logophilius
4 years ago

You have opened a can of worms, but you will not get us to swallow it. As Minister for Excuses and Denials, I can assure you that what happened in these recent by-elections was in fact a brilliant exercise in strategic planning. As usual, we won all of the seats with huge majorities, but we ‘obliged’ the returning officers to announce opposition wins. We have thus lulled the opposition into a false sense of security. This will impact negatively on their preparations for the General Election. It will also enable us to flush out many of the political prostitutes, who,… Read more »

4 years ago

He believes in non other than George Thapatula Chaponda. Birds of same feathers flock together. Send a thief to catch a fellow thief.

4 years ago

History is littered with leaders who surrounded themselves with sycophants & advisors with their own agendas. Those leaders (Zambia’s KK among them) lose sight of reality, the plight of those people who put them in power, and that is their downfall. One of the problems is, however, that they often use foul means to stay in power: Malawi had the Young Pioneers and now it has the DPP cadets…and can we trust the MBC to speak the truth? I doubt it.

4 years ago

Well written and analysed. People surrounding the president are really telling him lies about the popularity of the DPP. But since that’s what most leaders want to hear, it’s in order. APM will be shocked big in 2019. In the North DPP is slowly but progressively losing ground while MCP is gaining ground.

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