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Martha Mituka to quit presidency

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Gospel singer Martha Mituka says she is living in danger after being threatened by some people that she would be dealt with and has since said she will quit as Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) Women’s Desk president.

A source close to the singer confirmed yesterday that the gospel singer is living in fear after being threatened over an issue which is about a fellow female artist (name withheld) who is said to be going out with another man’s husband.

“It’s a sensitive issue which has come up as Martha Mituka is being accused of spreading information that one of the female artists, who I cannot mention is going out with a certain man. So the man called threatening her that she will be dealt with and even killed, so she is living in fear,” said the source.

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When contacted to shed more light on the issue, Mituka, who is serving her second term in office as Women’s Desk chairperson, said she was still in shock after she received phone calls threatening her. “I can’t say much for now but it is true that I am living in fear, I have been receiving calls that I will be ‘killed.’

This has come about because as a Women’s Desk president I have been receiving several complaints which I cannot talk about in the press, so all this is coming in because I am the president and so I should not risk my life that is why I want to quit,” she said.

Mituka refused to go into the details of the issue surrounding the threats but she said she has reported the issue to the police. Mum President Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango said he had been told about the issue and added that it was sad that things were happening this way.

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“We have a discipline committee and if anyone is offended, he or she needs to bring the issues to us rather than threatening each other. It’s a nasty issue but as Mum we will look into that and dig deeper otherwise I have been told that Martha Mituka has been threatened,” said Mhango.

The issue according to one of the female gospel artists, who also did not want to be named said Mituka, has been targeted after it is alleged that she has been spreading information that one of the top female gospel artists is going out with one of the top gurus.

“This issue is all over, people are talking about it but then since Martha Mituka is the Women’s Desk president, she has received complaints on the issue and I am told that a wife to the top gurus once contacted Mituka complaining that this (top female gospel) artist is going out with her husband.

So Mituka is being threatened on the assumption that she is the one spreading the story,” said the gospel artist.

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