UN flags Malawi over political  tension, fears will spiral out of control

United Nations has raised a red flag over Malawi, saying there is a serious risk the political situation will spiral out of control.

Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN human rights office

Spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Rupert Colville says in press briefing note on Malawi there was an urgent need for the government and other stakeholders engage in dialogue to deal with the post-election violence.

“We urge the government and other relevant actors to urgently engage in a genuine and meaningful dialogue to address the political, social and economic grievances of the population and reduce tension,” says Colville.

The UN Human Rights body has also faulted the Malawi security agencies for the excessive use of force against lawful protesters which led to the killing of one demonstrator.

“We remind the Malawian authorities that the use of force during demonstrations should only be applied in exceptional circumstances in accordance with applicable international human rights norms and standards, including the principles of legality, necessity and proportionality,” says the statement in part.

The statement says in the case of violent demonstrations, law enforcement officers may use firearms only when less dangerous means are not practicable and only to the minimum extent necessary.

“In any event, intentional lethal force with firearms by law enforcement officials is prohibited, except as a last resort to protect against an imminent threat of death or serious injury,” says the statement.

The UN Human Rights says all allegations of misconduct by security forces, including those resulting in death or injury, should be investigated in a prompt, thorough and impartial manner.

There was no immediate response from the government or the security forces in Malawi.

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Nabanda
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Thank you so much UN for speaking out, though the one leading this nation is dumb, he can’t listen to any advice because he is an illegitimate leader and very desperate for that matter

Heimdall Berserkrsson
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Heimdall Berserkrsson

We must be very careful. There are some similarities between our current situation and the situation in Rwanda before the genocide.

The Patriot
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The Patriot

Fools will take this warning superficially and ignore it. Amangwetu this country has reached the stage where real leaders shoukd stand up and be counted! Tisafike pokhapana ma kosi ndiye muzidzati lets talk peace!

pitala
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pitala

Uku ndiye kuyankhula koma siuyu mdala mfolena sizikumuyenda kukhapana lilipo mbuyache😉😉😅😡

Ota benga
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Ota benga

Our ambassador to the UN doesn’t comment on anything not even a speech, can’t the UN represent do likewise and shut the hell up!

Tizanka
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Tizanka

Nsundwe Special Forces

Ashamed Cadet
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Ashamed Cadet

Which UN is this? The same one that used UNDP to mess up the elections in Malawi by providing fake auditors?

UNDP took part in the rigging of elections for APM and this is obvious! When the part UNDP was discovered UN has been trying to cover it up!! SHAME……

Your plea UN should go to your imposter of a president called APM!! You have created the mess and now you clean it up!!

Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche
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Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche

Iwe Rupert, the demonstrator you are referring to provoked the soldiers by stoning and injuring them. I see nothing wrong with how they were treated. Does the UN also find the mercenary Timothy Mtambo? Please stop displaying this bias and hypocrisy.

Ntambo: Ndilibe nanu mawu
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This is an unbalanced statement. It falls short of condemning the groups that have organized violent and armed demonstrations. The carry stones, hammers, crowbars and tires to break, vandalize, loot and burn. They disrupt life and traverse on the rights of those that don’t like the demos. They harass road users and extricate money from them. None of this lawful. So Mr Rupert Collville, blame all this on the mercenary Timothy Ntumbo and his paymasters Arafat and Fake Accent the failed Ex-reverend.

Kaka
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Kaka

YOU AND UN NDINU AMODZI. U KEPT QUITE WHEM THE STUPID WHITES KILLED GADAFI. AND YOU AND UN ARE .. .. WHEN OUR TROOPS ARE KILLED IM DRC BY THE WHITES SPONSORED FIGHTERS IN DRC.AMD YOU ARE HAPPY FOR THIS. GOD FORGIVE YOU

pitala
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pitala

Kkkkkkk zilipo

Kaka
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Kaka

YOU ARE MORE THAN AN IDIOT YOURSELF.