Leader of a political movement – Citizens for Transformation (CFT) – Timothy Pagonachi Simbega Mtambo has reaffirmed his support for President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera effectively trashing social media reports that he lost trust in the President and Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) social media activist disguising himself as Leah Mbughi recently wrote on his Facebook page that Mtambo regrets supporting Chakwera and his party.
Mbughi also reported that the former Minister of National Unity had committed suicide over a cabinet reshuffle that saw President Chakwera leaving him out.
But in an interview on Tuesday, Mtambo reaffirmed his commitment to working with the President and the Tonse Alliance government to ensure it delivers on its promises.
“I remain a strong supporter of President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and his government. So, I urge all Malawians to regard anything contrary to this as misinformation and fake news,” he said.
On Monday evening, CFT National Publicity Secretary Chimwemwe Maunde released a statement in which she deplored misinformation, ‘heavy emptiness and cheap propaganda’ being circulated by DPP media team on Mtambo.
Maunde said they had learnt with ‘with deepest shock and shallowest surprise of the continued attacks of discredit on any function the CFT Commander-in-Chief, Timothy Pagonachi Simbega Mtambo attends, with the latest standing the Saturday April 8, 2023 Mr. and Ms. Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) at Bunda Campus’.
She said they were surprised that despite preaching the message of unity for purpose and call to Malawians to support the incumbent government, Mbughi and his fellow DPP media activists spread fake news about the event.
“Mtambo preached message of unity, modern politics and need for creativity, innovation and technology to counterattack the unemployment monster. He described the youth as anchors of the future not destroyers of today. The CFT wish to be clear that a week ago the very same unpatriotic Malawians spread a fake news that the CFT leader had committed suicide over a cabinet reshuffle depression. One of such cowards and childish Malawians masquerades as Leah Mbughi on Facebook,” reads the statement in part.
Maunde observed that Mbughi is a continuous attacker of the CFT leader Mtambo, fearing some uncivilised politicians are abusing Leah Mbughi to advance their political interests.
“He is one of many ill-nurtured Malawians. You are too small that we should be wasting our energy on you, up next we are to bring to public your smartphone bundle buyers and inhumane political masters. This infiltrates indecency in the political arena and milk the thin democracy of Malawi. This tendency is democratically lethal not only for one political party but the nation as a whole. Feeding the public with wrong political facts is a grave offence and a serious crime. We therefore plead with the public to refrain from such ill developments. The youth deserve to be engaged beyond material and serious ideologies to solve the challenges rocking Malawi including high unemployment levels. As a nation we need to involve youth in policy implementations not intimidating other political leaders.”
“CFT regrets that directionless politicians are still abusing the nation’s greatest assert, the youth. The CFT leadership has all names of well-established and respected politicians behind these young, energetic and pathetic social media hooligans. The CFT firmly extends that as a People Power Movement will not bow down to any political childishness and cowardice of highest level but continue denunciation of politics of division on the journey for the achievement of a better living space,” says Maunde in the statement.
She challenges that destroying others does not yield greatness; hence, destroying the future of Malawi with a disastrous tool of misinformation is a primitive and retarding political strategy.
“The CFT further communicates shortly will publish these behind-the-scene politicians. Our stern warning is that, if this rhythm of discrediting important functions and connecting apolitical avenues to political streets, the CFT will step a legal action ahead. Enough is enough,” warned Maunde.