By Wanga Gwede, Nyasa Times
Acting national coordinator FOR Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), a forum for different human rights organisations in the country, Reverend MacDonald Sembereka has hit back at remarks by First Lady Callista Mutharika attacking civil society groups behind the July 20 anti-government demonstrations.
“If they [NGOs] want to beg for money, they should beg for schools, hospitals and ARVs [antiretroviral drugs] and not to encourage homosexuality. Ngati mukumapempha ndalama zoti Tiwonge ndi mnzake akwatirane mukagwere uko![If you go to beg for money for Tiwonge (Chimbalanga) and his friend (Steve Monjeza) to marry, then you must go to hell],” said the First Lady as quoted by the press.
She was speaking in Mzimba on Tuesday when she officially opened a K50 million (about $330 000) Matuli Health Centre that will serve 10 000 people in the area.
But Sembereka posting on his Facebook page on Wednesday blasted Mrs Mutharika.
“Does Callista really want to insult the integrity of all Malawians with her statement,” wrote Sembereka.
He added: “Who the hell does she think she is? Can we stop this rubbish for once please?”
Sembereka who was spokesman of the nationwide demonstrations asked for solutions to problems civil society presented to the President in their July 20 petition.
Mrs Mutharika wondered that forex is a problem, saying: “If forex is a problem, how come people still go outside the country to buy goods?”