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Peter Mutharika’s secret meet

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A secret meeting between President Peter Mutharika and some activists has split Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and now threatens their ability to end impunity and corruption in the current administration.

State House confirmed the meeting Friday when pressed, saying the CSOs asked to meet the President.

The President is said to have held a meeting on Wednesday with Fyson Chodzi, Maxwell Mkwezalamba, Charles Kajoloweka, and Bright Kampaundi, among others.

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“The President asked the activists to help him with the campaign for next year and they also tabled how to halt the Chilima progression,” a State House source said.

It is the alleged involvement of Kajoloweka that has irked many activists because he is considered as one of Mutharika’s vocal critic.

But Kajoloweka rubbished the reports saying it is the work of some propagandists within the Democratic Progressive Party.

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He, however, acknowledged being interrogated by fellow activists but said he dismissed the claims.

“What I know is that there was a WhatsApp message of that sort which was brought to the attention of the group and yes I rubbished it off. Procedurally some guys suggested a probe into the matter,” he said.

Kajoloweka accused the DPP of extending its infighting to other institutions with the aim of diverting Malawians’ attention from main issues that need government’s intervention.

“In fact the time they are saying I met APM I was in Mzuzu, I never traveled. I have no appetite whatsoever of meeting APM or any of his aides,” he said.

The activists that met Mutharika broke away from the mainstream and have since been backing Mutharika and his party lead by Fyson Chodzi.

Presidential Advisor on NGO’s Mabvuto Bamusi Friday declined to comment on the purported meeting and referred Malawi News to State House spokesperson Kalirani.

“I can confirm the meeting took place at Sanjika Palace on Wednesday but I cannot know what was the agenda”, Kalilani said.

Mkwezalamba Friday could not be reached when we tried to contact him. Chodzi could also not be reached on his phone.

Timothy Mtambo, who runs the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation, told Malawi News in an interview that what some of their members did was frustrating and they plan to institute an investigation especially with Kajoloweka.

“We are shocked with the revelations but we do not want to judge our comrade, Charles Kajoloweka, because in this country there is too much propaganda, as such we can only effectively comment and make conclusions after a thorough investigation,” Mtambo said.

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