Bingu Talks Peace
President Bingu wa Mutharika has extended an olive branch to Civil Society Organizations, appealing to them to replace confrontation with negotiation.
President Mutharika, speaking when he opened the Bangula/Nsanje road which has since been named Khuluvi Highway, said the CSOs should stop attacking and criticizing him but instead find ways to develop the country.
“I appeal to you Civil Society Organizations that we should make peace for the sake of national development. The same applies to you opposition parties if you have issues or advice let us sit down and talk peace,” said President Mutharika.
But with events of the past two weeks it is yet to be seen if the appeal will make any impact as the CSOs have already dumped the UN brokered peace talks with government.
The organizations pulled out from the talks in protest against the detention without trial of prominent lawyer Ralph Kasambara.
Head of the CSOs to the negotiation table, Mr. Voice Mhone voiced concern that government was not walking the talk on the discussions.
“Some of the issues that we resolve at the negotiation table it seems that the government side is also negotiating with someone to have the issues implemented when our agreement was that whatever we endorse in the negotiation room should be implemented forthwith, “said Mhone.
The talks, which remain suspended following the walking out of the CSOs, are expected to end on March 28 but as of now not even half of the 20 issues have been implemented.
Talking about the Khuluvi Highway, the President said the road will help boost travel in the lower shire district.
He boasted that his government is development conscious than any other party in Malawi.
“Sooner we will be opening the Karonga/Chitipa Road. I am constructing a stadium in Blantyre; we will also renovate Mzuzu Stadium. Science University in Nsanje will also be opened sooner. If opposition parties have any plans to develop this country tell them to stand up and show you,” said Mutharika.
He challenged that he knows what he is doing and that he should left alone to govern the country without interference from the opposition and NGOs.
Speaking earlier, Transport Minister Sidik Mia spitted fire, attacking opposition parties while declaring that the entire lower shire region will vote for DPP in 2014 with Professor Peter Mutharika as presidential candidate. - Zodiak Online
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