Following endless violent protests as opposition parties challenge the May 21 presidential elections, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the ruling party has warned Malawians that they will not allow lawlessness in the country.
In a press statement released and signed by Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology, Mark Botomani said the country’s president deserves respect from his people.
“We have seen property being damaged and people being attacked. All this is happening when electoral disputes are in court,” said Botomani.
“As government, we find the perpetration of the violence undemocratic and unpatriotic. We urge those behind the violence to stop immediately because the violence has far reaching consequences on the socioeconomic development.”
He also warned that the government was going to use the Electronic Transactions and Cyber Security Law to discipline those who were abusing social media.
The governing DPP also held a press briefing assuring development partners that they would contain the situation and ensure that peace remains in Malawi.
“We are aware that Malawians went in the streets and protests we are not against that but we recommend since they are just exercising their democratic rights but we don’t have to take the law in our hands,” said Nicholas Dausi, spokesperson of the DPP.
Minister Botomani emphasised that people who were involved in protests, looting shops and damaging property had to stop as it was affecting the country’s development and many innocent people’s lives were also put at risk.