UTM rejects Mutharika’s ‘crazy allegations’ of Chilima funding persons with albinism

UTM Party spokesman Joseph Chidanti Malunga has described as “crazy allegations” by President Peter Mutharika that vice president Saulos Chilima funded people with albinism to hold demonstrations.

President Mutharika with retired Supreme Court judge Robert Chinangwa who is heading he commission which has been tasked to meets the April 30 deadline for report submission

Mutharika said on Monday in Lilongwe  when he swore in a commission of enquiry into attacks, abductions and killings of persons with albinism (PWAs).

The President who  accused the leadership of Association of People With Albinism in Malawi (Apam) and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) of using their members for personal gains, said  he had information that Chilima is funding Apam in order to engage in anti-government activities.

Said Mutharika: “Chilima’s wishful dream is to destabilize my government and hopes to come into  power through the back door by using people with albinism.”

But Malunga described Mutharika’s allegations as senseless and crazy.

“They have  run out of ideas. No one no longer takes the DPP serious these days. ThePpresident once said that he had credible evidence that the UTM president had brought in foreign experts to help rig the elections, up to now, we are yet to have the evidence,” said Malunga.

He said as a Malawian, Chilima, just like any other concerned person, interacts with people with albinism to hear their plight, saying this is not funding.

“Does it mean that anyone who meets the persons with albinism is funding them? This is crazy,” he said.

People with albinism on Saturday staged protests in Lilongwe against Mutharika’s decision to cancel a scheduled meeting last minute and police violently put down the demonstrations by assaulting Apam leaders and arresting some of them.

But Mutharika said Apam leadership turned down his invitation to a roundtable on three occasions to discuss solutions to end the atrocities against PWAs and instead chose to take to the streets.

On HRDC, Mutharika accused its national chairperson Timothy Mtambo of abandoning the PWAs after their abortive march and vigil at Kamuzu Palace last Wednesday.

He said: “Mtambo and [Charles] Kajoloweka abandoned people with albinism. They left them without food and water. People with albinism are human beings and they have to be treated as humans. They should not live with fear in their own country.”

On the commission of the enquiry, the President urged the members to be apolitical to avoid manipulating information to suit interest of politicians.

The swearing-in ceremony marks the beginning of investigations into root causes of killings and abductions of PWAs. The enquiry is also one of Apam’s demands.

The six commissioners sworn-in on Monday  are retired Supreme Court judge Robert Chinangwa who is the chairperson, Abgail Dzimadzi, Paramount Chief Kawinga, Rexa Chalera, Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen)executive director George Jobe and Brenda Vokhiwa-Kapenda as the secretary.

Mutharika appointed eight members to the enquiry on March 5 this year, but two others, the Reverend Timothy Nyasulu and Grace Massa, were not present. However, the President said they will be sworn-in at a later date.

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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

Kodi Chinangwa is very old and retired in his brain can he enquire anything? Woe to Malawi .

BigMan
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BigMan

The old boy has completely lost it, time to retire.

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Kkkkk mafilimutu kutha mazinga

Jenkha
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Jenkha

Arafat asakane nanga anamtuma Winiko ndani? This Arafat apart from being namasiketi he is evil.

ELIJAH VERSUS BAAL
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Anthu mukupha mma prison wa nanga aaa ?

MBWIYE
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MBWIYE

What the president has said is not true

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

APM claims he has evidence. Let him bring it forward. he is crazy indded

Chimulilenji 2
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Mahara ya marana

wakikiki
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wakikiki

that is why he is appointing his fellow old people to bring him down so easily

Kapado Chimuthawirenji
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Mr. President when people begin using adjectives such as senseless, crazy and others it is a clear sign that you have lost their trust and respect.

Afinye
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Afinye

Mr Maliseche is blaming everybody for his own failures, all he is doing now is Trumpisim…….. diverting negative attention…….., he is totally clueless!