President Peter Mutharika has reiterated the need for Malawi to remain peaceful and create conducive environment for foreign investors to invest in the country.
The President made the call Friday in Sochi, Russia during a press briefing at the end of the Russia-Africa Summit which he attended.
Malawi has been characterised by violent protests since May 21 Tripartite Elections which some opposition political parties say was not credible arguing it was marred by irregularities.
Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party leaders Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima are in court to dispute the Presidential poll which Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declared Mutharika as winner.
Since the results were announced, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has been organising what it calls peaceful demonstrations to force MEC chairperson Justice Dr Jane Ansah SC and commissioners to resign for alleged mismanagement of the polls.
Ansah has refused to resign saying she would wait for the outcome of the court proceedings.
Ironically, the demonstrations are characterised by violence, burning and looting of both public and private property to the surprise of the world at large which has regarded Malawi as one of the most peaceful countries.
The President and his government have been asking the demonstrators to stop the protests and wait for the outcome of the court proceedings.
“I have been emphasising that people would come to invest in Malawi when there is peace. About seven or eight heads of state approached me informally to ask me what is wrong with Malawi now.
“I told them there is nothing wrong with Malawi but there is something wrong with some people in Malawi. People were surprised to see Malawi destroying its own infrastructure,” Mutharika said.
“We are talking about trying to get a licence to invest in infrastructure but they see on BBC [British Broadcasting Corporation] Malawians destroying government infrastructure. It’s a puzzle beyond comprehension for most sane people,” he added.
However, the President said he assured his African colleagues that government was managing the situation.
“We are taking care of the situation in Malawi; we are hopeful that it will soon come to normal and we will continue with developing the country,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :