Former Vice President Khumbo Hastings Kachali has said President Peter Mutharika has failed to bring evidence on claims he made that some politicians had enlisted services of Al-Shabaab, saying this was a lie and outright propaganda.

In his State-of-the-Nation (SONA) address on Friday, President Mutharika said he was aware that two political leaders had explored the possibility of blowing up the Kamuzu Stadium on the day of his swearing-in.

“I know two political leaders who discussed the possibility of exploding Kamuzu Stadium on the day of my swearing in. They must know that I know. These two political leaders have tried to recruit mercenary militias from Al-Shabaab and the Congo war zone to come and create anarchy in this country. Is this the leadership we want?” he said.

The statement did not please Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera who gave Mutharika 24 hours ultimatum to provide evidence on the matter.

Following the expiry of the ultimatum, MCP through its Secretary General in collaboration with Freedom Party (FP) held a media briefing in the capital Lilongwe where highlighted a number of issues.

The media briefing was chaired by FP President Khumbo Hastings Kachali who asked development partners to intervene and request more information from President Peter Mutharika regarding allegations he made in parliament on Friday.

Kachali said that the Al-Shabaab allegation was a ploy to divide Malawians especially the Muslim Community.

Effort to talk to Minister of Information and Communications Technology on the matter proved futile.

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