President Peter Mutharika on Thursday took a swipe at the media and others who he deems as his critics and enemies, saying he is disgusted with their conduct of peddling what he described as distorted information about his leadership.
Mutharika addressed a political rally at Bua Primary School in the area of Sub-Traditional Authority (Sub T/A) Nyoka in Mchinji where he campaigned for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate, Stephano Kamwambi, ahead of the Tuesday by-elections.
The constituency fell vacant after the death of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member of Parliament (MP), Billy Kanjira Banda.
The President specifically mentioned The Daily Times which is published by The Times Group and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) in his rant that he is 100 percent fit, an apparent reaction to stories which quoted his own admission that he was still recuperating and that he would be fully fit in two weeks from last Friday.
“I know that tomorrow you will write that I [produced] outbursts. These are not outbursts but disgust. I’m disgusted by the behaviour of some media houses… that talk garbage and nonsense.
“I have received letters from all over the world on reports that I was sick. Let’s be human enough for once. I have said this so many times that we should love one another,” said an irate Mutharika.
He also once again boasted about his health that he has more lives than a cat which is said to have nine lives and went ahead to challenge MCP President Lazarus Chakwera that he should be prepared to meet him at the 2019 elections.
“They want to meet a weaker candidate at the 2019 elections. But I tell them that they will meet me and I will tear them apart,” Mutharika said.
He also attacked former president Joyce Banda whom he said had indicated that he was not a politician, “but she is living in hotels outside the country and is failing to come back home”.
In what could be seen as a rather surprising tone, Mutharika said he had forgiven all his critics and enemies and called for unity to prevail in politics.
DPP Director of Women who is also Minister of Civic Education and Community Development, Patricia Kaliati, and the party’s Secretary General, Ecklen Kudontoni, used their speech opportunities to attack Chakwera for apparently lacking attributes of running a country.
“He left the church and joined politics and wants to rule this country. He should forget about that because even God cannot allow such a person to become president.
“He is failing to organise things in his own party and he believes he can organise state affairs. That is not possible,” Kaliati said.
She further hit at those that are saying Mutharika was wrong to “brag” that he can seek medical attention in the United States of America (USA), claiming even Chakwera himself does not seek medical help at local hospitals.