Embassies in Malawi condemn violence over presidential election results

Six foreign diplomats in Malawi on Friday condemned a spate of violent protests that have rocked the country since presidential elections in May, in an unprecedented diplomatic reaction to the crisis.

US ambassador Scott among the signatories
Some of the Diplomats who have condemned a spate of violent protests

The diplomats of Britain, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway and the United States issued a joint statement on Friday condemning “any form of violence”.

Thousands of people across Malawi have repeatedly taken to the streets to contest the re-election of President Peter Mutharika, who only narrowly secured a second five-year term.

Many of the protests have erupted into violent clashes with police and government supporters, which culminated in the deadly stoning of a policeman by an angry mob near the capital Lilongwe this week.

Two other people are believed to have died as a result of the unrest.

The ambassadors called on the government to investigate “all criminal acts” and “allegations of misconduct by security forces”.

“This (the violence) has resulted in loss of life, damage to property and businesses, and disruption to the lives of many Malawians,” said the statement.

“It is especially important for all sides to refrain from violence or the incitement to violence.”

The protesters want the head of Malawi’s electoral commission, Jane Ansah,  to step down over the vote-counting process, which the opposition say was marred by irregularities.

The constitutional court is considering a demand by the opposition to annul the results, and the ambassadors urged “all parties… to respect the outcome”.

Forty people have been arrested so far in relation to the demonstrations.

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Tizanka

Nsundwe Special Forces (NSF)

Concerned citizen
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I would not be surprised if some of them were complicit in our political instability.

Ota benga
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Ota benga

Malawi ambassador to Britain doesn’t talk about brexit, can the British ambassador shut up please. We don’t need your sympathy for we know you are the ones funding useless ngo. I wish all ngos were like world vision these mtambo ngos are mercenaries

Achiswe'.'
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What a stupid and ignorant comment…

Noxy
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The problem is opposition not accepting results of the election despite having no evidence of rigging.Miseche ndi umbuli wa mmene chisankho chinayendela ndi umene ukuwononga Malawi.

mpilu
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mpilu

EU,SADC to b blamed as well. or anangoti ataona nyasi za usavage zimacitika zija ,tippex anangozilavula kununkhiza kuti ilakwa ,game ikula anagoti bullshit musovenge.
imagine hongkong protests, ma diplomats analankhulako? eetu kuno ndi kuthengere kumene ma citizens amaonetsexwa kuti ndiosaenera kudziwa za malamulo than peter with his clonies basi

Gertrude Chirambo Councillor
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Gertrude Chirambo Councillor

Bravo international community for this intervention.

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Jane Ansah is still put

Ashamed Cadet
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Ashamed Cadet

You donors must also take the blame other than just sounding alarm bells! Where were you when UNDP was messing up the elections through the provision of fake auditors and cover ups? You are the ones propping up the deadwood of APM at the expense of Malawi as a country. Now you have the duty of asking him to face reality and step down because the majority of Malawians do not want him otherwise this will be unstoppable revolution! Donors why do side with corruption in Malawi? The whole Government of APM is corrupt and you still feast on the… Read more »

Freedom Fighter
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Freedom Fighter

Absolutely bang on

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

100% correct and agreed in totality.

Mtundu
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Mtundu

100% wrong and disagree in totality. Bring evidence to court not hear-says.