By McMillan Chasunda
Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika yesterday September 26, 2014 summoned Ben Phiri, his special assistant, Hon. Patricia kaliati, Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Peter Mukhitho, Chief of Staff, Calister Mutharika, National Coordinator of Safe Motherhood to his Presidential Suit at Waldorf Astoria New York Hotel where he dressed them down and expressed his disappointment after the backlash from fellow head of states following a no show up of his wife, First lady Getrude Maseko Mutharika at the first lady’s events held on Wednesday in New York at the sidelines of the UN general assembly
Madam Getrude Mutharika decided to chicken out of the event upon learning that the former Malawi President Dr. Joyce Banda will be one of the guest speakers at the event with advice from President Muharika and the four trusted aides.
Reliable sources have confided with Banthu Times that the four people summoned were central in advising President Mutharika not to allow the first lady to attend the meeting as that will be giving platform for recognition to former president whom Mutharika considers to be his enemy number one.
Mutharika did not realize the backlash that would be created from this decision and has since regretted having listened to the four and stop his wife from the meeting. Mutharika has received strong condemnation from fellow African heads of states about his move which has been described as divisive and sending wrong message to the rest of world when he was preaching for peace and unity of purpose in his address to the UN Assembly
“Many presidents called Mutharika including Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta who categorically told our president that he was wrong. He was advised that had he send his wife, he would have been seen to be a forgiving president and wanting to move forward.” Said the source
Mutharika has regretted the decision of the first lady not to attend the meeting and vetted his anger on the afore mentioned people who were in the fore front advising him not to allow the first lady. The Four are the people who are part of the inner circle of Mutharika and are the ones creating a rift between the president and former President
“These four have natural hate for Dr. Joyce Banda and they are against any recognition of the former president. They feel bitter when international community continue to recognised Banda as an important global leader and icon for women empowerment.” Said the source
In a related event, Mutharika also dressed down Gender Minister Kaliati for shaming him with the press conference she held criticizing former President Dr. Joyce Banda of attending functions at the UN Assembly when many former presidents of various countries are also doing the same
The continue hate of Dr. Joyce Banda by Peter Mutharika and his administration is costing the government a lot as the international community continue to hold in high esteem the former president. This comes on the background that by and by, the international community has started to understand that Dr. Joyce Banda was the victim of Cashgate when the current leaders were busy trying to paint her as the mastermind