Observations by Cornelius Wa Mapira
President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika in his New Year’s message to Malawians branded the rights group Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) a political Organisation that “is slowly degenerating into a terrorist Organisation.”
“HRDC is by its actions is a political organization. HRDC is a political organization that is slowly degenerating into a terrorist organization because its leaders enjoy creating terror among the Malawians, “the |President said.
HRDC, chaired by militant leader Timothy Mtambo supported by opposition parties MCP and UTM, has spearheaded violent demos across major cities of the country demanding the resignation of MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah from the her seat, charging her for rigging the elections in favour of Mutharika who was declared the winner, beating his rivals MCP’s Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima of UTM by 159,000 votes.
Mutharika often reiterates he won the May 21 presidential election on a clean slate. The MCP and UTM have petitioned the constitutional court to nullify the results and the court is yet to make its ruling before February end.
INFLICTED PAINFUL SUFFERING IN MALAWIANS
“Unfortunately, very, unfortunately, some people decided to respond to their election defeat by inciting violence, spreading intimidation and victimizing innocent people,” the Malawi leader said, adding that: “In the name of expressing their rights, they have inflicted painful suffering in Malawians.”
He said in the name of democratic rights, these political leaders have frustrated businesses, damaged the image of their own country; burnt schools to disrupt learning of innocent students…broken and looted shops; burnt houses of DPP supporters; burnt houses of police officers and their families; torched police units to destroy our security and create lawlessness; beaten innocent people and killed innocent people.
IS THIS THE DEMOCRACY WE WANT?
“All this was done simply to create anarchy, frustrate the economy and create suffering in you Malawians. The whole political logic was to create misery and suffering in order to create anger and incite the people against Government This is being done in the name of democracy. But is this the democracy we want?
The First Citizen appeal to all political leaders to “desist from politics of violence because we gain nothing out of violence. We can do better. Violence victimizes innocent people and damages those causing it alike.”