Kaliati, Callista: Under Fire
The Muslim Supreme Council and two Non Governmental Organisations, National Elections Systems Trust (NEST) and Centre for Women in Conflict and Development, have expressed disappointment at the way the country’s First Lady Getrude Mutharika was negatively portrayed as last week’s United Transformation Movement’s political rally
The rally was held at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre.
The two bodies held separate news conferences in Blantyre where they reprimanded Callista Mutharika and Patricia Kaliati.
Both women are members of vice president Saulos Chilima’s United Transformation Movement.
The two and Chilima and others are disgruntled members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party who are now fighting to take over power from President Peter Mutharika.
At a press conference held at Misesa in Limbe on Saturday, August 4, NEST and Centre for Women in Conflict and Development attacked Callista and Kaliati for describing the First Lady as “uneducated and not fit to be the first lady of this country.”
The two women made remarks during the July 29 UTMrally at Njamba Freedom Park.
“We National Elections Systems Trust, in conjunction with Centre for Women in Conflict and Development, would like to share our disappointment of hate speeches targeting the First Lady of the Republic Madam Getrude Mutharika,” NEST’s Executive Director Unandi Banda told reporters.
His counterpart at CWCD Carol Mvula supported him.
“For those who might have have missed it, the former First Lady Callista Mutharika castigated Her Excellency Getrude Mutharika during their political rally at Njamba in Blantyre. As a former first lady she was supposed to be the last to be embraced with hate speeches.
“It should be made clear here that Madam Getrude Mutharika is not a politician and does not have any political platform and thus, she should not be subjected to such ridicule.”
The two NGOs said the First Lady is apolitical.
“As you are aware, the country’s First Lady Getrude Hendrina Mutharika, launched Beatify Malawi Trust (BEAM) on 13 September 2014 and since then she has been busy championing the organisation to fullfill its objectives.
“Madam Mutharika has also been busy with campaign of a Global Poverty Project, an arm of the World Bank to increase global and political voices to achieve commitment and action to end poverty at least by 2030.
“Of late, we have seen her doing an addition job of preserving the girl child through the launch of ‘My clean School my Pride’ campaign, an initiative that aims at promoting good sanitation practices and create environmental conscious minds among school going children in the country especially for the girl child.
“Malawi, being the party to The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), an advisory declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, we should be geared to protect individual freedoms.”
On her part, Mvalo called on fellow women to desist from defaming other women to avoid being seen as couriers of pull her down syndrome.
And at another press conference on Saturday in Blantyre, the Muslim Council leaders also took a swipe at Kaliati and Callista for poking their big noses into First Lady’s secondary school education.
Kaliati, Callista: Under Fire