“In the past few days, we have seen what we the democratic progressive people of Malawi reject. We have seen shocking terror, violence and political intimidation,” Mutharika said in his key note speech at his official inauguration at the Kamuzu Stadium.
He thanked all members of the Democratic Progressive Party for “responding with extreme restraint when we are provoked and attacked."
“We have chosen not to revenge because we know violence for violence will only destroy this country. An eye for an eye will only make the world blind,” he said.
Mutharika said he knew how painful it felt to remain calm while hate and violence attacked DPP followers.
“But I also know how proud it feels to withstand temptations of evil and stand up to your principles. I know how good it feels to be victorious in the end."
He said as a party, they chose to be democratic and progressive because “we believe in democratic values and taking Malawi from poverty to prosperity. As we say in our local language – nkhondo simanga mudzi. We cannot build this country with violence and bloodshed.”
Love, peace, unity
The President, who has started his last and second term as Head of State, said: “It is because we are democratic and progressive that I have always urged all Malawians to wish one another love, peace and unity. We all want to live in peace, love and unity."
“We should never, never wish another human hate and violence because we were created to love others as we love ourselves.
"We have chosen not to revenge because we know violence for violence will only destroy this country. An eye for an eye will only make the world blind.
"I know how painful it feels to remain calm while hate and violence attack you. I know how painful it feels to remain calm and watch while others call you names.
"But I also know how proud it feels to withstand temptations of evil and stand up to your principles. I know how good it feels to be victorious in the end.
Mutharika gave a litany of terror acts as follows:
Pilirani Mzunga, an innocent woman of Machinjiri being beaten to silence simply because she is a member of the Democratic Progressive Party.
We have known of women being beaten, stripped naked and paraded to walk naked for their liberty of conscience. But this time, no gender activist, no human rights defender, no one speaks for their dignity and suffering because they are members of the DPP.
We have seen Hellen Buluma, a Parliament aspirant beaten to faint and left for dead just because she spoke justice in the presence of evil. And yet, the so-called human rights defenders remained silent, simply because she is a member of the DPP.
We have seen a former Cabinet Minister, Nicholas Dausi beaten in public just because he stepped out to speak truth against lies. No human rights defender spoke, because he is DPP.
Cars of innocent travelers have been burnt. Houses burnt. People chased from their own homes. And there are many innocent Malawians beaten, brutalized and victimized for their political beliefs. That is not the Malawi we want.
Fight hate with love
Mutharika said: “To those who brutalize and victimize innocent Malawians, we say: we will fight your hate with love. We will fight your lawlessness with the Law.
“Those waging political terror upon the people fight the people. They fight the laws of this country will be applied. And the Law will fight for the people because we are a country governed by laws.”
He added: “When you call for violence, brutalization and victimization of innocent citizens, we will call for love, peace and unity, because that is the Malawi we want.”