Chilima condemns riots, shops looting

UTM Party president Saulos Chilima has condemned in strongest terms the riots and looting of shops that accompanied the peaceful protests on Thursday aimed at forcing the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah and the whole commission to resign.

Chilima: Peoples protests should be peaceful

Some protesters in Blantyre tore down and burned billboards showing President Peter Mutharika, who narrowly won a second term. While in Mzuzu they looted shops and in Lilongwe damaged some property including at Parliament and seriously injured two police officers.

“I want to emphasize that violence has never not shall it ever resolve matters of national concern.

“ UTM as an entity believes in peace; we shall therefore continue to advocate for peaceful demonstrations because to us, coming out to go on the streets alone, speaks louder,” says Chilima.

Chilima, immediate past vice-president,  therefore urged law enforcers to do their job in preventing this from happening again.

The UTM leader  and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera participated in the demonstrations in Lilongwe as well as former First Gentleman Richard Banda.

Chilima described those involved in the riots and looting as unruly citizens who wanted to cash in on the demonstrations and vandalized both private and public property.

He then called on UTM members, other political party supporters and all well-wishers and people of goodwill to observe peace during such demonstrations and refrain from taking advantage of the same to engage in criminal activities.

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Mwananyanian
Mwananyanian
2 years ago

Chilima showing, once again, his naivete bordering on stupidity, if he and his boss oChakwera could not have anticipated these offshoots of their poorly thought out demos. Chilima’s criticism of his followers is meaningless.
Both Chilima and oChakwera should put their feet in the shoes of the victims whose property was vandalized and stolen! How would these two feel if they were actually the victims?
So far, Malawi Police have been tolerant; perhaps too tolerant. And they must be commended to the hilt.

Chris vanshcal
Chris vanshcal
2 years ago

Chakwela, chilima all stupid fools, what did they expect? Since when did mcp ever do anything peaceful? Blood shading is all they ever know

mtete
mtete
2 years ago

I am sure those causing mayhem were DPP pants, Mchacha hoodlums

Nsikidzi
Nsikidzi
2 years ago

Don’t sweat a thing my man SKC. There is always collateral damage. I know kuti bwana mwakomentela swag. You did’t have to.

tman
2 years ago

was he not aware of the consequencies,what about the intention of choosing 20th June,when the date 20th was linked with violence before.Mr VP, Opuma,reason maturely

Sign post
2 years ago

Indeed one cannot dispute the fact that Chilima and Chakwrera are becoming warlords. Eventually the two of you will loose value in the society and come 2024 you will as well definately fail.If people are looting shops, banks among others which means they will loose jobs because they will close their businesses in the process.Is this ending poverty you were preaching a couple of months ago? Shameless leaders mind what you preach.Acceptance is the first step of overcoming any sort of consenquences of misfortune.Why can you not accept that you lost and move forward.

Gumbi
Gumbi
2 years ago

Typical of Northerners no wonder uou have nothing to contribute and you cant even give us a proper presidential candidates.Mbuli za anthu .No nkhalo demo means to protest osati kuba.Mxii

Gogosheni
Gogosheni
2 years ago

What did you expect Saulosi?That is demo for you in Mw

Dr SKC
Dr SKC
2 years ago

Anthu a ku Mzuzu ndinu zitsieubkwambiri mukutiongera mbiri ife a UTM .We agreed kuti the March shud be peaceful inu mukukaphwanya ma sitolo pali nzeru pamenepa.Atumbuka simuzatheka ndinu anthu ozikonda kwambiri

Sauli
2 years ago

We tild you vipani va mwazi. If the court calls a rerun of polls,believe you me,these thugs will loose heavely. Mfiti va nyau ivi

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