Thou shall not ‘insult’ Mutharika –DPP

By Wanga Gwede, Nyasa Times

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has appealed to Malawians to desist from hurling insults on President Bingu wa Mutharika through social networking sites like Facebook and other media outlets.

The call was made by DPP secretary general Wakuda Kamanga and campaign director Dr Ken Zikhale N’goma when they addressed a news conference in Lilongwe.

Kamanga and Zikhale appealed to Malawians to give the President due respect than showering him insults through Facebook, tweets or comments posted on Nyasa Times online publication and other media outlets.

“Citizens should refrain from insulting the high office of the President of Malawi,” appealed Kamanga.

Zikhale: Respect President Mutharika

“World over people respect their heads of state. Let us also aim for good things,” he added.

Kamanga said Malawians should desist from posting comments of disparagement against President Mutharika on popular social media, Facebook or Twitter.

He also appealed to journalists not to give inflammatory reporting in the traditional media.

“Let us see the world class responsible reporting that we have seen before,” he said with emphasis.

He said Malawians should not on look at the shortfalls of government but also reflect on the positives.

“We can reflect on infrastucre development, debt cancellation, increased food security, acknowledge the progress we have all witness under the wise and dynamic leadership of His Excellency Professor Bingu wa Mutharika,” said Kamanga.

“Let not shoot ourselves in the foot in our passion for Malawi. Let us fight issues not each other,” he added.

Zikhale said also appealed to journalists to “censor your reporting materials.”

Mutharika is under fire over chronic fuel and foreign exchange shortages and is also accused of infringing democratic freedoms in the impoverished southern African country.

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