Mutharika brands Chakwera 'king of thieves'

Malawi's former President Prof. Peter Mutharika has branded President Lazarus Chakwera as king of thieves following mismanagement of public funds the time he (Chakwera) has been in power.

Mutharika was speaking on Sunday at PAGE House in Mangochi during a press briefing.

The former president said the economy is fast collapsing and the cost of living is rising from the time Tonse Alliance administration was ushered into power.

"We are concerned that the economy is hurting Malawians and people are failing to afford basic living. Every Malawian can see that in one year the economy has drastically worsened with a critical shortage of forex, plummeting revenue, over-expenditure, excessive local borrowing and a falling Malawi Kwacha.

Mutharika: Economy is fast collapsing in the country

"As a result, prices are rising out of control and every Malawian is suffering more than ever. The DPP kept the Kwacha and prices of commodities stable for the six we were in government and we are wondering why the MCP Government is failing to do the same," said Mutharika.

The former president also said the current administration has stopped interventions meant to uplift the livelihoods of Malawians which DPP led government put in place.

"Just before we left office, the DPP Government left K6.2 billion disbursed from Reserve Bank for addressing various COVID-19 challenges, including paying Social Cash Transfer to empower vendors and urban small scale businesses who would be affected by the pandemic and its regulation. Instead, they are arresting and persecuting civil servants to divert attention from the real thieves and culprits who gave the instructions and shared the money.

"Further, the current Government disbursed K17 billion which has also been stolen by the same people who are refusing to tell Malawians where the K17 billion has gone. We have an existing Office of the Auditor General whose officers are being paid to do their job every month: what does Government mean when they say they have no money to audit the K17 billion?" questioned Mutharika.

Mutharika also branded president Chakwera as king of thieves following the plunder of Covid-19 funds amounting to K23 billion.

"The Tonse Government accused the DPP of theft. But up to this day, the Government cannot quote any amount of money which the DPP Government and its officials stole from Treasury. In less than one year however, everyone knows that Dr Lazarus Chakwera, the MCP and their Tonse Government have stolen K23 billion that was intended to save Malawian lives from the COVID-19 pandemic. This K23 billion does not include other corrupt transactions and systematic plunder outside the COVID funds. Malawians now know who the real thieves are in this country," said Mutharika.

Mutharika maintained that there was a conspiracy to remove him from power through what he called a judicial coup.

"We want to explain to our supporters and all Malawians who love this country that we have petitioned the Courts to nullify the 2020 Presidential Election because the Government itself has told us that the Malawi Electoral Commission was illegal at the time overseeing the Election and endorsing Dr Chakwera as a winner," said Mutharika.

Among top politiburo at the event include Charles Mchacha, Zeria Chakale, Chimwemwe Chipunga, Imran Shareef and George Chaponda.

This is the third time that Mutharika addressed the press since he was ousted from power through fresh presidential poll on June 23, 2020.