A non-government organization, BwaloLikule Network has taken it upon itself to civil educate people on the need for clean, issue based campaign ahead of the 2019 polls, saying hate speeches breed political violence.
Trustee of the network Andrew Kaponya said the NGO is very concerned with the increasing hate speeches, insults and political castigations by politicians during rallies.
“The political atmosphere is highly charged, we want our politicians to adopt the issue based politics and campaign not the hurling of insults at each other as is the case now,” said Kaponya.
He said issue based campaign helps people to make right choices of their leaders during the election whilst the hate speech campaign just breeds violence.
“We have engaged politicians to tell them to stop the name calling politics because it does not help people, castigation of each other has nothing to do with development matters. We want our politicians to articulate development issues, we want them to tell Malawians what they will do for the people once they are voted into power,” he said.
Kaponya also said they have gone flat out to tell people how to differentiate between substance campaign and senseless name calling campaign.
“We want them to know if the politicians’ messages are making sense or not. This will make them form an informed mind during the election,” he said.
Recently, there has been a rise in political violence allegedly perpetrated by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which led to the burning of a United Transformation Movement (UTM) vehicle and also that of one of its member MP Agnes Nyalonje in Mangochi just a day before the movement’s political rally in the district.
Just a week ago, suspected DPP cadets also petrol bombed the offices of vocal civil rights activist Timothy Mtambo in Lilongwe.
Kaponya said hate speeches leads to a political hostile environment and may lead to deaths especially after elections, saying this is why the network is pursuing mindset change programs.
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