Parliament and State House say President Peter Mutharika is set to open parliament at 10am this morning and make the state of the nation address despite violent protests on Thursday which led to the damage of some parts of the National Assembly.
National Assembly spokesperson Leonard Mengezi said the destruction of the gate into the entrance of the parliament building as well as the damage to the glass on the door leading to the chamber will not deter Mutharika from opening parliament.
State House spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani said it was a constitutional duty for the president to open parliament and make the state of the national address.
“It is the constitutional right for people to protest but they should not riot, they should not loot. If they have rioted and looted, the police will handle this,” said KaliLani.
Police are expected to effect arrests today over the damage of parliament building.