Speaking in Lilongwe at Nthuthama State Lodge during a commemoration of Democratic Progressive Party’s Liberation Celebration on the day on which he and other DPP leaders were arrested, Mutharika said he will not allow any kind of abuse of power against people in the country.
“I will not allow any abuses of power that will make people suffer in this country,” said Mutharika.
The President then asked the Judiciary and Malawi Police Service to continue working professionally to serve innocent people in the country.
Mutharika said, “The Judiciary did not see any reason for our arrest and any case to answer before the courts and the police worked professionally because anything bad could have happened to all of us who were arrested that time.”
He also said their survival was also contributed by youth cadets and other loyal party members who were always by their side during court hearings despite the tortures.
He then said for the months he has been in power his government has worked hard and the country was on the road to recovery adding that import cover is now at about five months and they have managed to control fuel prices by almost 20 per cent despite crude oil price hike on international market.
Mutharika also responded to other media reports which said that his government was mixing party and government activities saying that the policy has not changed and government and party activities are still done separately.
Speaking on behalf of people who were arrested together with the President, Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa said the pain and suffering the president went through was preparing him to lead the country.
“I ask you people in this country not to forget God when discharging your duties because by His grace and honour we were saved and now we are leading the nation,” explained Nankhumwa.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary General, Eckleni Kudomtoni said party members should remain loyal and united and avoid gossip and pulling each other down.
He also said despite the zero deficit budget, DPP government has managed to open Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), launched Malata and Cement Subsidy programmes and controlled expenditures by reducing presidential foreign trips.
During the function, President Mutharika, and all the members who were arrested together with him; Goodall Gondwe, Kondwani Nankhumwa, Vuwa Kaunda, Hennry Mussa, Patricia Kaliati and Jean Kalilani received medals of honour.
Ben Phiri, Chimwemwe Chipungu, Rajab Malimba, Noel Masangwi and Leston Mulli also received medals as some of the people who were tortured and arrested. Dedicated men and women of the party also got their medals.
President Mutharika and other cabinet ministers were arrested by People’s Party (PP) government two years ago on various charges which were discontinued by the courts.