Malawi: Activist Says Mutharika Backtracks On Reduction of Presidential Powers

A rights activist Billy Mayaya has taken a swipe at President Peter Mutharika and his administration for backtracking on the reduction of presidential powers.

Mayaya’s comments come barely a week after Mutharika reiterated that he would veto any bill that seeks to reduce his presidential powers.

“This is a great concern to all of us. This is extremely strange that the reforms in the presidential powers are contained in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) manifesto,” said Mayaya.

He said it is extremely worrisome that nothing is changing at all in the country since the DPP was ushered back into power after toppling Joyce Banda and her People’s Party two year administration at the ballot box in 2014 general election.

“There are many things that are not going on well and are matters of concern to us all,” he said citing continued lack of maize and the administrations increasing intolerance as examples.

At a rally in Chikwawa last week Mutharika vowed to veto any laws seeking to trim his powers.