International community condemns political violence in Malawi

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—With only two months remaining before the country goes to fresh presidential election, international development partners to Malawi have expressed worry over cases of political violence.

They have since called upon all political actors to unite and exercise restraint.

In a joint statement by the UK, the European Union, Norway and the United States of America, the development partners say they are shocked by the recent acts of violence apparently fueled by political motives, and are deeply saddened by the injury entailed.

“It is especially important at this time that all political actors should stand united in the defence of human rights and Rule of Law, and against any acts of violence, incitement of violence or hate speech.

“We support those calling for restraint and hope all cases of violence are investigated comprehensively and transparently in line with the laws of Malawi, so that those responsible can be brought to justice,” reads the statement.

The stand by the international community comes just few days after UTM monitors were severely beaten by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth wing, popularly known as cadets.

On Monday, UTM office was also set ablaze by suspected DPP thugs resulting in the death of two people: mother and son.

Malawians will go to polls on July 2, following a Constitutional Court ruling of February 3 which nullified the 2019 presidential poll.

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