Minister Botomani says demo organisers will pay for damages: ‘Govt will deal with them’

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.

Botoman: Government will deal with them
Immediate past vice president Saulos Chilima and his wife Mary joined the protests in Lilongwe
Demo ended in violence and looting

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.

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THE APOSTLE
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BOTOMAN …….VOETSEK WENA

TOSH
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bottoman mapwala ake

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

A Botomani uyu ndiye fodya ma CSO ndi amene amapereka chitetedzo? Aaaah! The whole Minister cant see its the Police that is failing l thought CSO ‘s notified the Police for security? Blame the Police coz they were running away from the protesters to their station to fire teargas.

#NotMyPresident
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#NotMyPresident

Tandifunsirani kwa a Botamani wo. Ife anthu aku Zomba ndife anzeru, Izi akuyankhula Botomani zokhutazi angokhala ngati si wa ku Zomba, wamwa mgolo wa kachasu wa ku Chisi ameneyu sali bwinobwino

Alex mgeni
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Alex mgeni

Muyambe kuvala condom kwa akazi Anu ndithu. Anzanu awononga.

Alex mgeni
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Alex mgeni

Ndinu a chitsiru a botomani……nchifukwa chake mkazi wanu malango anthu akumuchinda moyipa! Abwana ake amangokhalila kumunyenga even ku office ku capital Hill. Fufuzani….nzowona izi a botomani.

Joloza
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Kodi akulu mumagwa khunyu? Kusowa cholemba osangokhala chete bwanji?

Richard
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Richard

The minister is just exposing his ignorance.. Permision to conduct the Demos was granted by the responsible parties.. court, Etc.

The police failed to provide security and is responsible for the damage. Muli was compensated by the Governnent of similar case.

Kapena the high court is responsible for permitting demos in BT?

Nanga chikhala a atmy sanatgandize bwezi kuli bwanji?

#NotMyPresident
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#NotMyPresident

You do not need permission to demonstrate, pls understand that.

Guideon
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Guideon

I think Botoman is very stupid together with his President

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Kodi pitala anabwera kocaica sitikumudziwa. He has no mw history and nothing to talk about mw than repeating hearsays. Zomwe amauzidwa ndi dausi poppy dog Foolish idiot snorting old cow.

Mitengo
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Mitengo

In situations like this, people can take the law into their own hands to protect their businesses. I wouldn’t be surprised to see formations of vigilantes forging to shoot to kill on those thieves who dare touch their property.

THE APOSTLES
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GO KONKO…..DPP IS NOT BIGGER THAN MALAWIANS. MWADYA ZOCHULUKA KULEPHERA KUTAFUNATU

BP YAKWERA…MA PAIN KILLER SIZIKUTHEKA KUYESERA MA INJECTION ATAAAAAA

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