Malawi has never experienced this level of hostilities

Recently, President Peter Mutharika was interviewed on Al Jazeera television by James Bays. The interview covered various issues, including his winning the May 21 2019 elections and his leadership.

Demonstrations deliberately misunderstood

When asked about the ongoing demonstrations after the election which people claim to have been fraudulent, the President said it was the opposition parties, especially Malawi Congress Part (MCP) and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) who are leading the nationwide demonstrations.

He further said that it is unfortunate that the demonstrations are destroying the economy of the country. On this, one can argue that the economy of the country is already destroyed by corruption which his government has no clue on how it can be stopped. Furthermore, it is due to the mismanagement by his government. About the demonstrations, he casually stated that they must be stopped. This is easier said than done.

Meanwhile, the main demonstrations organised by HRDC zero in on Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson and other commissioners to resign after the widely believed fraudulent elections.

Malawian voters are bitter about their stolen votes. Before the President says the demonstrations must stop, he must understand and accept the genesis of the demonstrations. It is undeniable that due to the suffering Malawians have gone through, during the first-term of Mutharika’s rule, it was/is right and proper that people had to look for a change in leadership and government. It was believed that the majority of voters voted for an opposition leader.

Naturally, most Malawians were shocked and in total disbelief that Mutharika had won a second-term.  The shock comes about when people think that they are back to joblessness, nepotism, corruption, bribery and direct stealing of taxpayers’ money.

In short, the economy will continue dwindling as long as converting taxpayers’ money into personal fortunes by powers that be will still be the order of the day. This is painful as people face a hopeless future.  All this had triggered anger which has led to the demonstrations. In the same vein, there are all manner of demonstrations in schools, colleges and other institutions.

Meanwhile, the President and his government must not take demonstrations as business as usual.  People are dying and valuable property is being lost. The country is literally on fire as everything is falling apart.

The government should not just waste time apportioning blame on opposition parties and HRDC on demonstrations, instead of finding solutions.  In fact, blaming the two groups makes no sense. Any sensible person should know that the bitterness that most Malawians have is enough for anyone to demonstrate, even without HRDC. In fact, the President should be aware that not all voters belong to a political party.  But they want change in leadership. In this case they do not wait for directive from anyone to demonstrate. Their suffering is enough catalyst for holding demonstrations.

It is unfortunate that demos have caused deaths and injury in certain situations. Probably things might have not reached this level if the President and his government had been listening to people’s concerns.  In this case then even the police would have toned down in the use of teargas and live bullets.  Instead, they should have been perfecting on professional crowd control.

Honestly speaking, since its attaining independence Malawi has never experienced this level of hostilities.  Malawi is no longer as peaceful and one can only say never again should Malawians go through such governance.  It is this level of poor governance which is to blame for demonstrations.

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Joloza
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Long Live Peter Mutharika. May God almighty satisfy you with long life, sound health, peace of mind and security. May God set a table before you in the presence of your enemies. May you arise above adversity. May God give you more and more of wisdom in Jesus name.

DPP mbavaa associated
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DPP mbavaa associated

Iwe joloza u too are also full of shit like your thug dpp mbava no1. How can you praise such a thief.

Beula woman
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Beula woman

Inu mwakula, tamangokandani mawukawo. There is nothing you are writing here. This is a kind of work befitting a primary school leaver. But I am not suprized it is coming from Godwin Mkamangas girlfriend… A house full of morons

braveheart
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Sold out writer kagwere uko!.Most Malawians were shocked.Who and who? In 1999 MCP said it’s vote was stolen by UDF. In 2004 MCP said it’s vote was stolen by UDF. In 2009 MCP said it’s vote was stolen by DPP. In 2014 MCP and PP said their vote was stolen by DPP. In 2019 MCP/PP say their vote was stolen by DPP.. can u see that? By this patern has MCP/PP ever accepted election defeat?Has UDF ever said it’s vote was stolen?UDF is only democratic proffessional party that can/has accepted defeat. Now MCP/PP has resorted to violence. How did they… Read more »

namatetule
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MTUMBIUKA UYU!

Mwenecho
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Mwenecho

Amalawi aseguka kumaso tsopano atopa ndi ulamuliro wa anthu akuba.

Wesley Chiwangah
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Wesley Chiwangah

Zoonadi

Shamwa
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Shamwa

The opposition is to blame 62%opposing but not United
United only in demos and looting
Go back to the drawing board for 2024
Change through war is disastrous for malawi

Concerned citizen
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Analyse HRDC, every day they are brining a new issue. Are they the only people living in Malawi? When a traffic police officer stops them it is an issue for which their followers have problems with.

Come on, by now as a nation it should be clear that HRDC is a plan, purely put to bring total confusion and disorder to our society.

Very confused and misguided individuals.

George
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George

Ignorance at its best

little jojo
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little jojo

‘Malawians are bitter about their stolen votes’ True, True, Chilima stole Chakwera’s votes, and Chakwera stole Chilima’s votes. ‘ It was believed that the majority voted for an opposition leader’ True again, 62%, only tha this was split between two proud opposition leaders who could not unite giving APM 38% to win with in this crazy set up of ‘first past the post’. Most Malawians were shocked when APM was declared winner’, not true, it was only those who were blind not to see that a divided opposition was doomed to fail. It was only a united Chilima and Chakwera… Read more »

Nyondo
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Inu mumaona ngat a malawi azakhala ogona pakana nthawi zonse

Tizanka
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Tizanka

There are people who are looting, who are killing and who are demonstrating. It is folly to blame someone else who was elected. Emily your hate for APM is not good for your heart, it’s gonna be five long years for you

George
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George

What is cearly wrong is what has changed when Malawi has nver experienced this before. So what has changed the wrong and must go

Okatraz
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Okatraz

uku ndikulira kwa a namalira who thought it would be easy to topple this government. wait 2024 muzavotere yemwe mukumufuna koma pano munaluza basi, dont paint this government as not listening government, mumafuna pitala achose jane ansah is it mob justice? wait for courts dude

Chimzy
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Chimzy

APM will be the president of this country five more years, chakwera, chilima , mtambo, sembeleka , trapence amaona ngati kulanda komanso kuwina boma mkophweka kkkkkk agwa nayo APM pachiongolero