Minister of Information Nicholas Dausi has apologised to the media fraternity after Democratic Progressive Party cadets assaulted Douglas Banda, a Times Television Cameraman .
Dausi said what was supposed to be a great day, someone somewhere at parliament decided to dent that celebration.
“On behalf of the government of Malawi and on my own behalf, sincere apologies. We cannot switch back and go the era of anarchism. Violence has never solved a problem,” he said.
Dausi then pledged to support and protect press freedom which he said is part of the constitution the government is entrusted to protect.
Banda was assaulted by Democratic Progressive cadets in full view of the police when he was filming them being ejected from the House after the Speaker instructed security to remove them from the public gallery.
Media Institute for Southern Africa Chairperson Theresa Ndanga asked the government to apologise to the media fraternity for the assault which she said was unacceptable in this democratic Malawi.
“Those assailants should have been arrested not only because of the heinous act but also that they disrespected the President and put him in place of shame,” she said.
Ndangha said the DPP leadership including the President should know that the people who misbehave in the presence of the President are not his supporters.
“These are a group of mercenaries who want to expose the President’s weaknesses in public so that if he fails to rebuke them at the time that an incident occurs, the public should judge him harshly,” he said.
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