Mutharika’s statement falls short

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President Peter Mutharika’s statement condemning acts of violence released yesterday has failed to address what the public expected of it.

Civil Society Organisations and members of the public have been accusing Mutharika of tolerating the violence, being perpetrated by people believed to be supporters of his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

But through a statement released yesterday and signed by Presidential Press Secretary M’geme Kalirani falls short of condemning violence perpetrated by the alleged DPP cadets and only generalises the political attacks.

The Presidential statement stresses that acts of violence particularly targeted towards women are not acceptable as the country draws closer to the May 21 polls, urging all political party leaders to discipline their followers.

The police have also come under criticism for what people have called a lack of discernible action.

The police however indicated on MBC that they have made arrests of some suspected perpetrators of the violence, like those who beat up and stripped a woman belonging to the UTM party in Mangochi.

 

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