Opposition, HRDC react to Mutharika ’s olive branch offer:  MCP says ‘no peace without justice’

President Peter Mutharika’s fresh calls for peace talks and  reconciliation with opposition political parties, civil society organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders has drawn mixed reactions as  parties have stood their ground saying, there cannot be peace without  electoral justice.

Mkaka: No peace without justice

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka said the opposition cannot enter into peace talks with President Mutharika before the verdict of the Constitutional Court ruling on the landmark presidential election petition case.

“Mutharika should just wait for the outcome of the court verdict. How can there be peace without justice?” said Mkaka.

His views have been shared by the UTM Party spokesperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga.

Mutharika called for a political war ceasefire, saying the political standoff is scaring away potential foreign investors.

Mutharika said this on Friday in Lilongwe on departure for the United Kingdom where he will attend the Africa-UK investment summit.

“Foreign investors are reluctant to come to Malawi because of what is happening [political instability that has followed the May 21 presidential elections results dispute],” said Mutharika.

He then extended his olive branch to the opposition political parties and the human rights activists, inviting them for peace talks to end the current political deadlock over the highly disputed elections which has put Malawi virtually in lock down.

“I call upon the opposition and the human rights activists to stop the protests. The point has been made, we have heard you. Now come, let us talk,” said Mutharika.

He said both the opposition and the human rights activists should now turn to the agenda of building Malawi.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Timothy Mtambo accused Mutharika of empty political rhetoric.

He said Mutharika has on several occasions pretended that he wants peace but behind the curtains he eats his own words.

“He has called us a terrorist group. A person who wants peace cannot say that,” said Mtambo.

However,  Lilongwe-based political scientist Godfrey Pumbwa said Mutharika’s offer would help to cool down the current political temperature.

HRDC has been organising nationwide demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign for allegedly mismanaging the May 2019 Tripartite Elections.

They are also organising protests to force the  arrest police officers implicated in the Msundwe rapes and the Anti-Corruption Bureau to name those involved in the attempt to bribe the Constitutional Court judges in the election case.

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tung'ande
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tung'ande

If MCP has a bad name it is because of Nkaka and his rotten mouth. This man is very stupid, angry and short tempered and these will be the Ben Phiris of MCP regime who will destroy Chakwera with their bad and stinking mouths

Nzika
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Nzika

Joloza, zifwamba ndi zimene zimakaponya ma petrol bomb usiku!

Tuvitwana
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Tuvitwana

WAR AGAINST WHO? WHO WILL BE FIGHTING WHO?
NKHONDO SIKHSLAKO! WHOEVER STARTS THE WAR, NUNDWE WITH HIS BOYS WILL CRUSH HIM KKKKKKK

Zadapo
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Zadapo

Only a foolish man has interest to discuss any issues with a thief of repute that has stolen from him!

cooking oil.
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cooking oil.

Diso loyendera solar energy nde ndilimenero…mwaliona lamavitamin onse,kakudako kakuchita kusambira

Central
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Central

APM alibe mtendere!! A court analeka kumva za nkhani ya chisankho pa 6 December 2019! Ndiye akumati akaonkhetsa masiku akumapeza kuti kuchokela pa 7 December 2019 kufika pa 31 December 2019 = 25 days! Kenako kuchokela pa January 1 kufika pa January 20 = 20 days! Then when he adds he is getting this: 25 + 20 = 45 days and chiphuphu chimene chimapita ku ma judge chakanidwanso!! Amangwetu munthuyu muzimuyandikilatu uyuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

Joloza
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HRDC NDI gulu la uchifwamba kumene. Zofwamba zimakambirana NDI munthu?

chigezero pure
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chigezero pure

“Mutharika’s offer will help to cool down the current political temperature” My foot! Uyu ndiye pumbwa weniweni!

Ngumayo
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Ngumayo

Kkkkkk

Forgive them
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Forgive them

Kwathu timati bilimankhwe,
( Nanzikambe)
Munthu wantundu wanji oti lero akamba izi nawa zina,nde timve ziti?ndipo munthu ofuna mtendere sayankhula pa gulu,akuluwa akufuna public sympathy,komwe kumapezeka Mtambo,Chakwera ndi Chilima akudziwako,akhoza kutumiza nthumwi mwachinsisi kukakamba nawo ife kudzangomva zothaitha,osati ulendo uliwonse pa podium kupempha zokambirana pakangotha 2 weeks kuyamba kuwanyozanso,nkona anthuwa akukukanani,mundikhulupilira,
akamachoka kumeneko umva anyapapi,alubw ulemu.

Umphawi suonankhope
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Umphawi suonankhope

kufuna zokambirana popeza akupita ku mangalande cholinga azungu asakamufunse za momwe zinthu zilili kumudzi. anzake adziti iyeyu akufuna mtentere ovuta ndi a opposition and csos. remember when he wascoming from russia, he started preaching peace after putin advised him to talk to the opposition. APM, you must know that there is no europian solution for African problems. kodi mtenderewo azikuonerani ndi azungu kuti malawi needs peace, inu bwana simukudziwa kuti the country needs peace, my foot!!!!

Wilson Nkwanda
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Wilson Nkwanda

The State President wants talks with people he branded “terrorist organization” (CSOs)? Anzanu kuwatukwana pagulu la anthu, iwow kuchita manyazi, then tell then bwerani tikambirane?

Mandado@147
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Fresh talks now cause you going to the UK KKK after branding them terrorist on New Years and before! Dpp does get tired with kid games huh! Well not these Malawians of this generation I see change coming to Malawi 2020-2024 is that generation x mentality!