REPUBLIC OF MALAWI
23rd January 2019
HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT PROF. ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA CONDEMNS VIOLENCE
His Excellency the President, Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika has noted with great concern various acts of violence perpetrated with the probable intention of stirring disorder in the country as we approach the May General Elections. The President will not tolerate any violence, whether political or purely criminal in its motive.
What is even more worrying is the fact that some of such violence has been targeted at women.
President Mutharika abhors lawlessness. The President, as a HE-for-She Champion, will not tolerate any acts deliberately calculated at humiliating women on the political space and creating politics of anarchy.
Additionally, the President also reiterates his condemnation of continued violence against people with albinism. The President urges all Malawians to value life for everybody and that we must always treat others as we would wish them to treat us. The President therefore directs all security forces to protect people with albinism.
President Mutharika values peace, love and unity among all Malawians and will ensure that these values are well safeguarded.
The President therefore reiterates his New Year day call to all citizens to reject savage politics of insults, attacks and hatred. Instead, Malawians should continue to promote and defend belligerently issue-based and nation-building politics.
Differences in political opinion are the hallmark of our democracy. It is therefore the duty of all Malawians to refuse to be used in any acts that undermine the good image of our country with its sound record of democratic governance.
Whereas some violence is purely criminal in motive and some is political, the President urges Malawians to join hands in the fight against violence and desist from politicising every violence that occurs in our society. The President also calls upon human rights lobby groups to stand above partisan politics and protect all women regardless of which party they belong to.
Malawi is bigger than any individual or political party. As a matter of national interest therefore, the President wants to see any individual or institution attempting to drag this country to anarchy arrested or brought to justice.
President Mutharika directs the Malawi Police Service to act decisively, within the dictates of the law, on any rogue elements that are promoting or perpetrating violence.
President Mutharika also appeals to all political leaders in Malawi to be responsible, refrain from using inflammatory language and demonstrate sound leadership by disciplining their followers who perpetrate violence on political opponents.
Likewise, President Mutharika urges faith leaders who are the custodians of morality to take up their responsibility of sensitizing our society because violence is primarily a moral problem first and foremost even before it becomes a political problem.
Finally, President Mutharika assures all Malawians that he will deploy any means necessary to ensure that Malawi remains a peaceful country before and after the elections.
PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SECRETARY & SPOKESPERSON