LILONGWE (Tamanda Mwale, Malawi NewNow) –Chewa chiefs have revealed that government had given them cash to go on national broadcaster mbc and attack leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera for calling on President Peter Mutharika as a failed leader.
Led by Paramount Chief Lundu at the press briefing at Bridge View Hotel in Lilongwe, which was attended by 13 traditional authorities (T/As), the chiefs distanced themselves from statements Chakwera made on December 8, to the effect that Mutharika should resign because he has failed to govern the country.
In his address to the nation, Chakwera said the President is living in a fantasy in what he described as a ‘Mutharika Republic’, whose capital is the State House, where he is enjoying himself while Malawians are enduring a great deal of suffering under his administration.
On MBC the Chewa chiefs said whatever Chakwera said does not have their blessings and is baseless claiming that “after all, chiefs belong and serve the government of the day”.
But the chiefs revealed that they had been bought by the government machinery, saying they were given cash to attack Chakwera.
“We are being given monet to attack the leader of opposition, Government tells us what to say on MBC. Poverty can lead us to talk what we don’t believe in,” said one of the chiefs who opted not to be revealed.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka has said Chakwera spoke for Malawians, who are suffering, and are the best judges of Mutharika’s achievements.
In response to Chakwera’s statement, government came out with guns blazing accusing him of provoking and insulting the President.
Since government issued the statement, several interest groups, including church leaders have paraded themselves on public media castigating Chakwera.