MDF DEMAND BINGU TO RESIGN WITHIN 91 DAYS

Delegates at MDF meeting in
Manchester

The UK based Malawi Diaspora
Forum (MDF) has called on
Bingu wa Mutharika to
‘gracefully’ resign as President
of Malawi within 91 days
after the July 20 mass demonstrations or face force
removal.

Meeting in Manchester on
Saturday, the Diaspora
Malawians said they “note
with horror the appalling
difficulties” people of Malawi
are incessantly facing due to deteriorating socio-political and economic situation
aggravated by Mutharika’s
arrogance and high-
handedness.

The grouping announced that
they stand in solidarity with
all Malawians back home set
to part in the mass protects
against what they called
“Mutharika`s failed regime.”

The Forum which had earlier
lobbied the British
government at its inception a
month ago to impose targeted
sanctions on Mutharika and his
government other than wholesomely on poor
Malawians welcomed the
news that the British have
harmonised their plea.

In his opening remarks
journalist Thom Chiumia said,
“That Mutharika must go now
is no longer a dismissible
opposition slogan but a
strategic necessity to save the country from regressing,
hence the need for regime
change. Enough is enough.

“We have had enough – no
fuel, no forex, tribalism, no
academic freedom, human
rights violations and
manipulation of our
constitution, all these are a hallmark of a failed state. I’m ready to go to Malawi and
sacrifice my life for change,”
added Chiumia.

Decrying the death of
democracy and economic
woes in Malawi political
activist Edgar Chibaka said the
MDF will not tire but play a
pivotal role until Mutharika goes.

“Regaining our hard fought
democracy and reunifying
Malawians is a top priority
and we are advocating regime
change. All we want is to
remove Mutharika, so that Malawians can put into office
an able and dynamic leader to
rule the country.

“His continued stay in office is
becoming an excessive burden
to the welfare of the state
and fatal danger to the public
interest of Malawians at home
and in Diaspora with each day that goes by him in office
leaving Malawi’s survival in
dire straits and at great risk.”

Moderating the conference,
writer Peter Makossah
questioned Mutharika’
foresight and leadership
qualities in not listening or
taking criticism citing the way he handled the issue that led to the expulsion of British
diplomat, Fergus Cochrane-
Dyet.

“Mutharika went public and
lied to Malawians blatantly
that Malawi is still in good
books with its major bilateral
donor, Britain yet things were
still unsolved. Is that not a very bad quality of a leader? Malawi needs a leader who
can put his interests aside and
put Malawians ahead,” said
Makossah “Where does Mutharika pluck
his courage and power from
to think he owns Malawi? If
he is an authentic leader with
his people’s welfare at heart
why refuse to apologise to the British government and
other development partners
for his uncalled for actions
knowing that the world is
now a global village and that
every county needs another.”

Political activist Ben Chiza
Mkandawire said teething
hurdles that currently face
Malawi due to ‘politics of
patronage’ will go on to hurt
future generations saying it is fitting for Malawians to stop the rot now.

“Mutharika has publicly
demonstrated leadership
incapacity by acknowledging
that Malawians have lost faith
in him.

(Bwanji
mutondikayika?) If a leader becomes suspicious of his own
authority over the people he
or she confirm is not fit to
lead anymore. Mutharika
must wilfully resign within 91
days after the July 20 protests.

“Where would his arrogance
lead us to? No where! If the
shoe doesn’t fit do we cut the
size of the feet or we change a
pair of shoes? Now is the time
for Malawi to do away with intolerant leadership before
the blisters goes severe,” he
said.

Deborah Phiri lamented that
the Malawi situation seriously
need a quick fix saying things
have gone out hand and that
people are living in fear a sure
sign that democracy which Malawians fought for is
quickly going down the drain.

George Mlanga said Malawi is
at the crossroads needing
Malawians to swiftly act
before continuing on a wrong
path. He said: “We cannot hold any
longer for change to come.
Without Malawians acting
change will not come. We
must be the change ourselves.
Malawians whether in Malawi or outside have the ultimate
power to change things.
Malawi is for us all and we
cannot stand by and watch
our democracy being raped
and abused by selfish leaders.”

People’s Transformation Party
(Petra) chairperson of the UK
wing, Prisca Juma-Phiri urged
all Malawians both at home
and abroad to be bold in
fighting Mutharika’s leadership until he goes.

“Our warmth as people must
not be taken for stupidity. We
are warm hearted but not
cowards and when we want
to act we act. In 1992 we
fought Kamuzu and removed him from office. What is
happening now calls for
another fight. We must
therefore stand together and
take Mutharika out so we can
have our country back on its tracks. We want a leader who
is going to unite us not divide
us by tribal sectors,” said Juma
Phiri.

Manchester based DJ Begani
said Malawians in Diaspora
must help their country men
and women to steer change
because “We are all affected
by Mutharika’s poor and arrogant leadership.”

Fides Jim Kachale said: “We
must remove Mutharika not
only for our own sake but for
our children and the
generations to come.”

Questioned Kachale: “If Bingu
is allowed to continue at the
pace he is going, what kind of
a country will Malawi be will
in future? Pastor Patrick Mtimbusya
urged Malawians not to fear
because the war against
Mutharika will be fought by
God. Said the man of God: “I urge
all Malawians to fight for
change in their country
without fear because the Lord
is on their side. Our God will
never allow us to perish under one man’s stupidity and
foolishness.”

Meanwhile , the MDF representative will be holding meeting with leadership of British
government on July 26 on
Malawi situation.— @Nyasa Times
by Loti Banda

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Comments

  • eric  On 04/09/2011 at 08:05

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