Malawi govt to employ more waiters for President Mutharika

2016-07-01 13:08
Peter Mutharika. (File: AP)

Peter Mutharika. (File: AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lilongwe - Malawi's finance minister, Goodall Gondwe, has confirmed plans by government to employ more waiters to tend to the needs of President Peter Mutharika, Nyasa Times reports.

Despite a restriction limiting the employment of people in government, Gondwe said that the newly-appointed waiters were set to serve guests during presidential functions.

While refusing to reveal how many waiters were to be appointed to work at Mutharika's official residence, Gondwe claimed that vacancies had become available due to staff allegedly leaving their posts.

The freeze on government employment had done little to limit Mutharika's extravagant taste, however, with Government having employed over 20 aides in recent times to assist with activities related to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The development came hot on the heels of harsh criticism leveled against the southern African leader in recent times, due to utterances related to the millions of starving citizens in need of assistance in Malawi.

President Mutharika recently told hungry Malawians to eat mice and grasshoppers in a bid to curb the scourge of hunger that had hit the nation.

Hi remarks caused an immediate backlash, with some Malawians claiming that Mutharika was being offensive to some religious groups who did not eat mice.

The country's communication minister Patricia Kaliati, however, hit back at critics, claiming that Mutharika's remarks were "just a joke" and that criticism following his utterances could only be described as "thoughtless".

"The president has a right to joke when he is interacting with his people. He does not have to fear to explore his sense of humour simply because fault-finders lie in wait to denounce anything that he says," Kaliati was quoted as saying.

Read more on:    peter mutharika  |  malawi  |  southern africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.