Mutharika is reported to be in a coma

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika is in a coma at Kamuzu central hospital and about 15 soldiers have been deployed at the resident of Malawi’s vice president Joyce Banda in what many believe is in readiness to any possible take over the President’s health deteriorates following a cardiac arrest he suffered in early Thursday.

“More Soldiers have been deployed at the Vice President’s residence as a matter of procedure in such situations,” said a senior army officer.

Reports say that the President will be airlifted to South Africa in the evening and is expected to arrive at Lanserie airport in Johannesburg at 10 pm. He will then be taken to Milpark hospital,” said a senior minister

Vice President Joyce Banda walks to Maula Prison to see Atupele accompanied by her sister.

Malawi’s United Democratic Front (UDF), the former ruling party that sponsored the candidature of current President Bingu wa Mutharika, has threatened massive protests if Atupele Muluzi is not released today.

Police arrested Atupele, a presidential aspirant and son to former president Bakili Muluzi on Tuesday,  on charges that he went ahead to hold a rally after city fathers had refused him authority.

This is the second high-profile arrest of a critic of Mutharika in less than a week.

Atupele’s rally was later stopped by armed police and angry supporters set fire to a police station, a police car and a police officer’s house, raising tension in the African country, which was rocked last July by the police killing of 20 people during nationwide demonstrations against government policies and suspected corruption.

 

Baum: Its very difficult for us

Malawi should forget about getting balance of payment support from its key donors any time soon in the absence of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, Alexander Baum, the EU envoy to Malawi, has said.

Malawi has been hit by an aid freeze since last year when it’s key donors withheld budget support aid and the IMF suspended the Extended Credit Facility programme due to concerns over Mutharika’s creeping autocracy, which has resulted in economic mismanagement.

Atupele Muluzi greets leader of opposition JZU in parliament

Malawi’s leader of opposition John  Tembo on Monday poked fun at President Mutharika for asking the IMF to give him three more years before devaluing the kwacha against the dollar.

The Fund wants Malawi to devalue the kwacha to K250 against the dollar to help stem a flourishing black market and bring back the suspended extended credit facility programme – crucial to unlocking budget support which is being withheld by western donors.

Mutharika is angry with donors

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika took on the country’s donors withholding millions in budget support, civil society organisations (CSOs), opposition and religious leaders accusing them of working to topple his rule.

The southern African nation’s key donors are in agreement with religious leaders, activists and opposition parties that Mutharika’s bad economic policies have left the country teetering on the brink of collapse.

“I want to bring to the attention of the House and the nation to that some external forces are encouraging our detractors to bring about chaos, lawlessness, disobedience so as to foster regime change in our country.

Mutharika has already refused one IMF demand

The UK and the USA took to task Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika blaming him for the current political and economic problems  the southern African nation is facing.

Malawi lost an IMF programme last year, and its key donors have been withholding balance of payment support since January last year.

Mutharika, said on arrival from Addis Ababa, that  he met UK’s Secretary for State for International Development Andrew Mitchell and USA Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson who told him that he was the problem.

“I told them I am not the problem, I am the solution. It is sad how Malawians have turned from being honest people. They even lied how I voted at the African Union for the Chairmanship,” said Mutharika.