Malawi 7/11 protesters killed were not looters as Bingu claimed -Mutharika

President Peter Mutharika has said protestors who were killed when they demonstrated against fuel shortages, inflation and unemployment targeting his elder brother late president Bingu wa Mutharika on July 20, 2011 were not thieves and looters as Bingu and some Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials claimed.

July 20 martyers

July 20 martyers

Shot dead by police. Victim of anti-DPP government protests on July 20, 2011

Shot dead by police. Victim of anti-DPP government protests on July 20, 2011

About 20 people were shot dead by police and several others injured in the nationwide demonstration against the DPP administration led by Bingu wa Mutharika for “autocratic kleptocracy”.

President Mutharika has contradicted his deceased brother who branded the victims as thieves, saying they were in fact respected citizens of the country and deserved respect all the time.

“If it was possible to scrap off July 20 from the calendar, the President would have been the first person to do that. It is a bad day to the country,” said presidential adviser on non-governmental organisations Mavuto Bamusi in a statement on behalf of Mutharika during a memorial service at Zolozolo cemetery in Mzuzu on the anniversary of 7/11.

During Monday’s memorial at Zolozolo cemetery where eight of the 20 killed were buried, Bamusi said the President is totally against labelling the people killed in the protests as thieves.

Mercy Mbezuma Mfune, spokesperson for the bereaved families, asked government to come to their rescue by constructing tombstones and supporting them as most of those killed were their families’ breadwinners.

Analysts say 7/11 incident baptised Malawians “and every time they see something bad, they will always go into the streets”.

Late Mutharika regime was intolerant of dissenting voices and some observers say it is also mirroring in the current DPP led administration which has almost the same machinery of Bingu.

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Akulundi Mdambo
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Thats the presidents reasoning whether you like it or not, but to me I strongly support Bingu; In Zingwangwa the whole building that housed Chipiku was smashed, burnt and all its stocks from the shelves and the warehouse were looted. On that day many innocent people lost their millions of properties to the so called peaceful demonstrators. Its not known whether thugs found those demos as a loop hole to terorrise their fellow Malawians who were also affected by the fuel shortage that was created by the same CSOs as a bully means to punish us for massively voting for… Read more »
Mathanyula Peter
Guest

Too late to be forgiven i assume.

Overton Nyirenda
Guest

Mr. President, do you think we are stupid? Do you think you can corrupt our minds? We definetely know that you following your late brother’s footsteps. If you think that we can believe you for not accepting your late brother’s comments on why people took to the streets on July 7, 2011, you are lying to yourself. You, your brother and perhaps who will succeed, will always be the same.

apundi
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NDIYE DPP INAWINA BWANJI NDI ZINTHU NGATI IZI. IFE SITINAIVOTERE AYIII. NDIYE MUKUDZIWA ALOWA YONGOMAPHANO ONE BY ONE, UKANGOTSUTSA KUPHA BASI.

First offender
Guest

Some of the people who stay indoors are still alive , the organisers themself they stay away because they knew that death was coming only to use the poor masses for their personal gain. That is Why The People Of Malawi Learnt A Lesson From The outcome of 20 July today these ass-kissers when they say let us go for demo , they are only 7 of them. Shame

Zanga Phe Basi
Guest

Next we expect to kno who killed robert chasowa n who were behind cashgate!

Police were ordered to use live bullets by high authority & in turn they were paid handsomely (80 pin each). Ask the police what happened to the confiscated goods that they got from the so called looters; anakabwenza kwa owners? No they used and r some r still being used by the same police. Police were n are also looters.

inyankuleke
Guest

The late bingu wamtalika shld go to hell. the lives of innocent pple got lost. i remember in one of hs speeches said tht those protestors died invane…. wth tht God killed hm wth cardiac arrest. LESSON LEARNT…… Respect the 1s who voted 4u. God protect his pple.

Decent Citizen
Guest

Why are you not shooting cashgaters who have brought Malawi to its knees?Even Bingu himself was a looter.How did he amass 61 billion kwacha within 8 yrs in a poor country like Malawi when he only had a single minibus driving to Chigwiri and lodging at some other people’s house in area 15?He is burning in hell today.He never even slept a wink in his Casablanca manor built from looted money.Bingu should rot in hell.

half trillion
Guest

7/11 nde kuti chani. amayika mwezi ndi tsiku osati mwezi ndi chaka a mbuzi inu (9/11, 7/7) can’t you even try a little to edit these articles please?

the little Guru
Guest
we can say they were thieves but remember a criminal is a criminal after the court judgement. had any court declared them criminals? even if we say they were criminals who has the right to kill criminals. there are official thieves who are stilling government money, tax payed money and still respected and living. do you want to tell me that the billions of money they are stilling is little than what these so called “criminals” were stilling?! but why did they had to die! the president can reverse the statements, but as a citizen of Malawi i want to… Read more »
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