University of Malawi (Unima) students have demanded President Bingu wa Mutharika to step down for mishandling of state affairs and his unpopular recklessness in deporting Britain’s top diplomat has caused controversy.

Spokesman for the UNIMA students union, Harrison Chamasowa, made it clear that the students are demanding Mutharika to leave the office because he has lost the mandate to government in a democracy.

Mutharika: Total failure to govern the country

“We are demanding President Mutharika to go,” said Chamasowa on behalf of the students.

“It is the time for him to step down.”

The students urge Malawians to step up and join “the growing chorus of voices calling for an end to Mutharika’s tyranny.”

British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrane-Dyet was told to leave Malawi after he was quoted in a leaked cable as saying the President Mutharika was autocratic. The United Kingdom (UK) reciprocated by expelling Malawi envoy in London, Flossie Gomile-Chidyaonga.

Presidential spokesman Hetherwick Ntaba and government spokesman Symon Vuwa Kaunda refused to comment on demands that Mutharika should step down.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Etta Banda, was also coy on the escalation of diplomatic row with Britain following Mutharika’s recklessness.

“I am not able to comment,” said Banda.

Malawi opposition leaders have also threatened that they will take to the streets to protests against Mutharika’s dictatorship. Nyasa Times

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