BLANTYRE, August 2, 2015: President Professor Peter Mutharika described the Zambia’s agricultural fair as a successful event Malawians could learn a lot from.
Mutharika said this on Sunday at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe upon his arrival from Zambia where he went on Friday.
He said apart from attending the agricultural fair in Zambia, he held talks with President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, and former President Kenneth Kaunda.
“There is a lot that Malawi can learn from the fair, for example, there is a pavilion to do with value addition which is a good innovation,” said Mutharika.
He added: “I also laid wreaths on the past Presidents of Zambia and I visited the home of former President Kenneth Kaunda whom I knew for the past 51 years and we discussed a number of issues.”
The Agricultural fair, held under the theme ‘Innovation beyond Jubilee’, opened on Sunday and will run for five days.
The pavilions on display cover agriculture, science, and construction among others.
Malawi also has her pavilion at the fair although it was mounted late, according to President Mutharika.
Mutharika is concluding an eventful week which saw him sue critic Z. Allan Ntata and the Nyasatimes. His personal press secretary Gerald Viola has been caught in controversy of power abuse after authoring a letter that asks government departments and agencies to advertise on Galaxy FM Radio which belongs to the late President Bing WA Mutharika, the brother to the current Malawi head of state Peter Mutharika.
Last Week also saw Vice President Saulos Chilima create un-necessary controversy by trying to speak in parables and leaving his remarks open to interpretation from both supporters and foes.
What is clear is that the President unlike many before him faces a very active Social Society and enlightened Millennials familiar with modern digital communication tools available and are taking every advantage to question every move he makes.
Many social commentators have observed that the President should not have taken the bait from Allan Ntata. However we at The Maravi Post while we also agreed the President should not have sued Nyasatimes and our friend Z. Allan Ntata, we commended him for using an open forum to rebut his critics as opposed to what has been done in the past by other Presidents who muzzled reporters by jailing them.
At the same time we see his methods as chilling to Free Media. The President has deep pockets and can afford to hire lawyers to defend him in court. Private Citizens and small media houses cannot afford to fight the President in court.