News that the Deputy Minister of Health Enock Kaphale, was stoned in Rumphi is very disturbing. For whatever reason, Kaphale doesn’t deserve that treatment.

During the bye elections in Karonga, we witnessed ugly brutal attacks between Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM supporters.

Timothy Mtambo faced police on demos

Some months ago, the social media was awash with an avalanche of threats between Msundwe thugs and Mangochi boys.

Why has the young generation turned into violent acts all of a sudden?

The once peaceful Malawians were taught brutality and violence during the 2019 Timothy Mtambo’s demonstrations.

Violence is now becoming an acceptable panacea to all political and social quandaries rocking Malawi.

During the 2019-2020 regime change demonstrations, many Malawians were implicitly taught how to take law in their hands.

Shops were looted, innocent women raped, lives lost, roads blocked, police stations looted and burnt down, vehicles smashed and burnt, and even housed were torched down. Many people lost their merchandise and money.

Much as conducting demonstrations is a constitutional right, violent demos are not.

Paradoxically, the mastermind of such violent demos is now appeased to head the Ministry of Unity.

Are we more united now under the tutelage of Timothy Mtambo as the Minister of Unity?

Why do we now have rampant incidences of brutality, violence and lawlessness?

My first impression for introducing the Ministry of Unity was to promote peace, tolerance, rule of law and reconciliation.

Two years down the line, what has the Ministry of Unity done to promote such values so far? Otherwise, effects of 2019 demonstrations will continue to socially, sociologically and psychologically haunt us.

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