In The Guardian on Wednesday, Bingu Mutharika responds to claims he is becoming autocratic:
“What they are trying to do is to draw a parallel between the leadership of Zimbabwe and Malawi. There is no basis for that. That is totally unfair and uncalled for. I have been very democratic.
“From 2004 until now, there is no single political prisoner in a Malawian jail. Is that consistent with the restriction of democracy in this country? We have been very democratic, we have been very patient. I have asked the opposition to come and see me but they refuse.
“It is simply not true. Because if it were true, all these people would have been rounded up. None of them have. They are free now. If indeed Malawi was starting to be a police state, would they still be walking free? That’s the question.”
In the Guardian today:
A prominent critic ofÂ Malawi’s president has been jailed in what activists say is the latest sign that the country isÂ turning into a police state.
Ralph Kasambara, aÂ human rightsÂ lawyer and former attorney general, has spent three nights behind bars after a fracas at his law practice in Blantyre.