Malawi government spokesperson Mark Botomani has expressed shock and dismay over the way how protestors have handled current demonstrations where people have damaged property and looted shops, saying organisers of the ongoing demonstrations will pay for the damages.
Speaking to a news conference in Lilongwe at Parliament Building on Thursday, Botomani who is Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communication Technology said government has learnt with shock reports of torching down of government offices in the Northern region of Mzuzu and Karonga.
He said the incident is happening while the human rights activists behind the protests promised that the demonstrations would be peaceful.
Botomani warned people who are destabilising peace, saying government will deal with them.
“Government would like to warn those who hide behind opposition parties and civil society organisations and are busy coming up with strategies to disturb peace.
“We have witnessed demonstrations that were characterised by looting, vandalism and assault,” said Botomani.
He continued: “These barbaric acts are counterproductive and, as government, we would like to assure Malawians that all those who were involved in those barbaric acts will be brought to book,” he said.
The minister said what the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) is doing is nothing but barbaric.
To all peace loving Malawians, let us continue nurturing that peace. Let us love one another. Let us love our country. Let us help our President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika in developing this country.”
But organisers of demonstrations have since distanced themselves from looting of torching down of properties.
Botomani reminded Malawians that on July 6, 2019 the country commemorates 55th Independence under the theme “Celebrating our freedom with peace, unity and love.”
He said “This year’s theme is very befitting as you may recall that two weeks ago, the Global Peace Index ranked Malawi third most peaceful country in Africa. Malawians have always been known for peace, love and unity and that is why Malawi is also known as the Home Heart of Africa.”
Botomani said any sort of violence should not be entertained; hence, those causing it need to pay.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :