By Elizabeth Mandala
Blantyre, May 8, Mana: President Peter Mutharika has called on Malawians to vote for change by rejecting politicians who are destroying the country through violence.
President Mutharika made the statement during the submission of his nomination papers as candidate for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Thursday at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre.
“We have seen the worse nine months of violence in the country. People have lost their lives and property worth millions of Kwacha.
“It took us a lot to build this and it will take a lot to rebuild it, hence we need to refrain from such political leaders,” said Mutharika.
Apart of violence, the president cited killings of police officers, women and young children being abused and forced to follow and vote for parties they do not want.
Meanwhile, in relation to abusing children, DPP Director of Elections who is also Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Ben Phiri has refuted rumours that the party is encouraging underage children to register with National Registration Bureau for them to vote come July 2.
Phiri said engaging children in this act is the same as spoiling their future.
“Once these kids have been registered now, it definitely means they will have less number of years to work as they will retire before their actual retirement age,” he said.
He further urged parents to monitor their children and not allow them to go for any sort of registration if they are not yet 18 years of age.
President Mutharika was declared the winner by MEC in the nullified May 21 presidential election results.