Govt Reacts to Mkaka’s Reckless Remarks; ‘Mutharika Remains President of Malawi’

The Malawi Government has strongly condemned reckless remarks made by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Secretary General Eisenhower Mkaka who addressed Lazarus Chakwera and Monica Chakwera as the President and First lady of the Republic of Malawi.

The outspoken, Mkaka made the ‘unfortunate’ remarks on Saturday, 8th February, 2020 during what the MCP called a “Thank you rally” at Msundwe in Lilongwe.

In a statement Minister of Information who also doubles as government spokesperson, Mark Botomani reminded Mkaka and Chakwera that President Professor Peter Mutharika remains the president of Malawi.

Botomani added that any views and utterances contrary to the court’s ruling are a departure from the rule of law and recipe for violence.

 “Government would like to remind MCP that the Constitutional Court nullified the May 21, 2019 presidential election but upheld Professor Peter Mutharika as President of the Republic of Malawi until elections are held as ordered by the court.

By extension, the judgment means Professor Gertrude Mutharika remains the First Lady of the Republic of Malawi,” said Botomani

The Information Minister further said Mkaka’s remarks have the potential to incite violence and in the country.

“Malawians are aware that Msundwe, where Mkaka made the unfortunate remarks, has become a hotspot for violence.

As such, the remarks at Msundwe may have been strategically made with the aim of inciting more violence. Government condemns in strongest terms the spirit of violence perpetrated by the MCP, “said Botomani

Meanwhile, social and political commentators in the country have asked Mkaka to withdraw the statement.

 

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