Malawi ruler sends food stuff to Zimbabwe

mugabe_birthday.jpgMalawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has sent a truck carrying food stuff to Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe bought through State House account.

The truck, a Volvo registration number BN 8100 left with State House driver, a Mr. Bandawe and police officer who accompanied is a Njolomole.

The food stuffs included among many others tinned beef, fish, drinks, flour, beans, fish and sugar.

Bandawe is making a second round trip to deliver foodstuff to Mugabe as the first one he was accompanied by a security person a Mr. Mpina which was led by State House Chief of Staff Dr Bruce Munthali.

Police and Malawi Revenue Authority officials confirmed to Nyasa Times clearing Volvo BN 8100 carrying food stuffs destined for Harare.

Malawi leader is a staunch supporter of the 84-year-old Zimbabwean dictator and has been providing supplies to his household and donated' 400 000 tonnes of maize to ZANU-PF to buy votes during the last year disputed general elections.

Mutharika involvement in the Zimbabwe crisis has become highly questionable, especially with Malawi clearing the Chinese arms cargo from Angola.

Malawi's suspicious dealings with Zimbabwe goes back to 2005, when there was an international outcry over claims that the country was flouting western sanctions in supplying the Zimbabwe police force with tear gas.

The tear gas was linked to the death of 11 people in a single incident in Zimbabwe.Recently, Mutharika blasted British High Commissioner to Malawi for what he claimed pressing him to speak out against his ally, Mugabe.

There are countries outside Africa that are saying, why is Malawi not saying something on Zimbabwe. Well, my stand has always been we are not uncivilized, we may be poor but we have brains, Mutharika is on record saying.

However, as more and more African governments continue to condemn Mugabe's bad leadership policies, Mugabe enjoys heroism and backing by Mutharika himself and not the people of Malawi.

President Mutharika renamed the Midima Road to Robert Mugabe Highway in May 2006 causing civil society unrest and public disgust.

ZANU(PF)  National Chairperson, John Nkomo in his address to the first ever DPP convention in Blantyre in January commended Mutharika for being firm for Zimbabwe at a time when the country has fallen out with so many leaders in Africa and beyond.

As all of you are quite aware, in Zimbabwe, we have gone through very bad experiences. We have been victimized in so many ways. While a larger part of the world has chosen to stay away from us, Your Excellency, President Mutharika has remained in solidarity with Comrade Robert Mugabe, said Mkomo.

As a demonstration of reciprocity, we would like to pledge our solidarity and support to you and your party, said Nkomo, without elaborating the support his party would provide.

It is further established that Zimbabwe's notorious CIO intelligence officials will be visiting Malawi later this month in order to assist DPP with tactics of intimidation, violence and ballot stuffing ahead of Malawi polls in May.

Nyasa Times

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