'Plot' to overthrow Malawian president - reports

2016-02-08 14:29
Newly elected Malawian president Peter Mutharika signs the oath book after he was sworn in, at the High Court in Blantyre, Malawi. (Thoko Chikondi, AP)

Newly elected Malawian president Peter Mutharika signs the oath book after he was sworn in, at the High Court in Blantyre, Malawi. (Thoko Chikondi, AP)

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Lilongwe – A so-called "plot" to overthrow current Malawian President Peter Mutharika has been revealed amid high political tensions in the southern Africa country. 

According to Nyasa Times, Lazarus Chakwera, the leader of the opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP), has been having discussions with a group of people aimed at coming up with a plot to oust Mutharika.

The United States Ambassador to Malawi, Viginia Palmer, allegedly endorsed the discussions.

It is believed that those who are part of the "plot" have since been put under surveillance by the government after key documents were confiscated.

The government and the police have, however, refused to comment on the issue, the report said.

Mutharika and his government have in recent months been receiving criticism over the country's continued economic hardships. 

Many fear that if the "plot" succeeded, it would result in a civil war.

The country has not been plagued by war since it attained independence in 1964.


Read more on:    peter mutharika  |  malawi  |  southern africa

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