Some human rights activists have blamed government for dramatising the events surrounding President Peter Mutharika’s whereabouts and homecoming which they say led to heightened gossip.
The President arrived yesterday afternoon through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe after exactly one month in United States of America (USA).
However, human rights activists, speaking in an interview after Mutharika’s arrival, blamed relevant government organs for worsening the situation about the whereabouts of the President.
Their assertion follows the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) assertive reaction to Mutharika’s arrival.
DPP followers marched along the main street of Blantyre City against individuals who have been spreading rumours that Mutharika was ill while the MPS mobilised its officers from nearly all the districts in Central Region to “welcome” the President.
“It’s very unfortunate that government has dramatised the whole issue due to lack of decisiveness. No-one seemed to know what was happening or who was in control,” said Robert Mkwezalamba, chairperson of Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC).
He said the right institutions to be more open on the issue were government organs such as the Ministry of Information, Office of the President and Cabinet or the Office of the Vice Presidency, but they failed and messed up everything.
“But because they messed up things, the party had to come in which should have never been the case,” he said.
Mkwezalamba added: “I would have loved if things were shaken-up, some people need to be fired because they don’t know why they were appointed.”
Executive director for Youth and Society (YAS) Charles Kajoloweka said it was not uncommon that the whole issue had been reduced to “political drama.”
“The government has utterly failed to account for the President’s disappearance after UNGA [United Nations General Assembly] and is responsible for this unusual chaos,” he said, adding “in summary, the 2016 UNGA has come out to be the worst Presidential scandal.” n