Minister of Foreign Affairs and also ruling DPP Presidential candidate in the 2014 general polls Professor Peter Mutharika has asked people in Mzuzu and the northern region in general for forgiveness on government’s ‘sins’ against the region.
Mutharika had no other better place to make a plea for “forgive us our trespasses” than the prayer house.
Sounding remorseful and emphatic, Mutharika told people (many of them his security detail) at St Andrews CCAP Church in Mzuzu on Sunday that “to err is human.”
The DPP presidential candidate pointed out that the country cannot develop in the absence of unity.
He then donated MK320,000 of which he personally contributed MK100,000 to the church.
Peter Mutharika is the first minister in the DPP led government, who has formally apologised, for what happened in the region and Mzuzu in particular.
His brother Bingu wa Mutharika has many times derided people of the region at one time he accused university lecturers of conniving in helping students from the north to pass exams.
President Mutharika also angered further people from the north when he said the region’s contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was not even 20 percent.
But his recent careless utterance was when he branded those killed during the July 20 anti government demonstration as “thieves and looters”.