This comes in the wake of a purported apology by UTM leader Saulos Chilima following the beating of journalist George Banda on 6th February 2019 at Comesa Hall in Blantyre by UTM security personnel in a mistaken identity act.
In a press statement signed by government Spokesperson who is also Minister of Information and Communications Technology Henry Mussa, government dismisses the apology and condemns the suggestion by Chilima that the violence against Mr. Banda is regrettable because he was not the target.
It says the suggestion is worrying because it means that in the view of the UTM leader, violence against all their targets is fine and acceptable. The statement therefore urges Chilima to mention the individual who was mistaken for Mr. Banda and provide the reasons why he or she deserved to be harmed.
Finally, the statement urges law enforcement agencies to ensure that all those that are being targeted by the UTM are protected and those that are plotting violence against them are investigated and brought to book.