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Demonstrations don’t elect presidents—Peter Mutharika

By Ezelina Kamaliza:

President Peter Mutharika has lashed out at organisers of the anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations and the opposition, saying they will not usurp power by organising demonstrations.

Mutharika made the remarks on Friday in Chiradzulu District where he held a rally after commissioning the Mulanje- Likhubula Blantyre Water Supply Project at Nguludi.

Mutharika said the demonstrations organisers can only push him to a certain extent, saying there will come a point when he will no longer tolerate it.

“Let me warn you, you don’t know who I am. Don’t cross the line, if you cross the line muzandidziwa (you will know me),” Mutharika said.

He added that he will not be removed from the presidency through the tension that is prevalent in the country and challenged those organising protests that it will not amount to anything.

Mutharika said he will continue conducting rallies across the country to advance the developmental agenda.

‘It’s not time for politics, it’s time for development koma chitukuko sichiyika munthu m’boma ndi anthu amene amayika munthu m’boma (it is not development that elects the president but the people)’, he said.

The $23.5 Million (approximately K17 billion) water project that Mutharika commissioned was financed by a line of credit from Exim Bank of India to supply water from Mulanje mountain to Blantyre to expand the water system in the district and its surrounding areas including Chiradzulu and Thyolo.

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