BLANTYRE (Malawi NewsNow) –Malawi President Peter Mutharika has challenged that his government will not be changed until 2019 when the country hold another elections and denied accusations he places close relatives and his tribesmen in senior government positions.
“My government is inclusive. I know there is someone running around the country collecting funds claiming my public appointments are for people from Thyolo. This government you will not be able to get rid of it until 2019,” said Mutharika at Nyambadwe Primary School Ground in Blantyre Malabada Constituency a day after celebrating his 75th birthday.
“My government is always appointing people on merit,” he added, saying: “Chief Justice and ACB director are from the North; Chief Secretary is from Zomba while others are from the Central Region.”
President Mutharika has long been accused of nepotism by opponents for placing his Lhomwe tribesmen in key positions.
But the Malawi leader said he was not amused with uncharitable and unwarranted accusations of nepotism, denigration of his personal integrity and the whipping up of divisive ethnic sentiments.
Mutharika argues that he knows fully well that he was elected President of all Malawians and has always shown by word and deed that he will always uphold the oath he swore on assumption of office to protect and promote the interests of all citizens with justice, equity and fairness to all as his guiding principles.
It was Mutharika’s second development rally after holding another one in Thyolo last Sunday.