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Peter Mutharika condemns attacks

By Peter Kanjere:

President Peter Mutharika has finally released a statement condemning escalating cases of violence targeting opposition political party followers.

State House released the statement Wednesday, following mounting calls from human rights activists and politicians, calling for Mutharika to condemn attacks which suspected Democratic Progressive Party Cadets are perpetrating.

“The President will not tolerate any violence, whether political or purely criminal in its motive. What is even more worrying is the fact that some of such violence has been targeted at women.

“President Mutharika abhors lawlessness. The President, as a HE-for- She Champion, will not tolerate any acts deliberately calculated at humiliating women on the political space and creating politics of anarchy,” the statement reads in part.

Since last week, the suspected cadets have assaulted Malawi Congress Party supporter Edward Govati in Blantyre and two UTM followers in Mangochi District.

However, Mutharika fell short of directly condemning his party youths, who are believed to be behind the attacks.

Mutharika has directed security forces to protect people with albinism, who are also being attacked.

He also urged human rights activists to desist from using inflammatory language.

“The President also calls upon human rights lobby groups to stand above partisan politics and protect all women regardless of which party they belong to.

“Malawi is bigger than any individual or political party. As a matter of national interest therefore, the President wants to see any individual or institution attempting to drag this country to anarchy arrested or brought to justice,” the statement reads.

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