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Mutharika: Demonstrations have created conditions of lawlessness, anarchy

Written by  MBC Online

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Friday bashed organizers of violent demonstrations, saying they have created conditions of lawlessness, anarchy and mob justice.

Planting the future: President Mutharika plants a tree in Chiradzulu on Friday. Pix by Abel Ikiloni, Mana. Planting the future: President Mutharika plants a tree in Chiradzulu on Friday. Pix by Abel Ikiloni, Mana.
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He told a mammoth crowd in Chiradzulu on Friday after opening a K17b water project that an “evil spirit” had engulfed the once peace-loving nation, citing a litany of burning of public and private property, killing of people and torching of houses via mob justice in Nkhata Bay and Mangochi, and students burning of their own secondary school in Thyolo.


“This should stop. This is all because of demonstrations which have created conditions of lawlessness and anarchy.”


Mutharika warned organizers of the demos—Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), who are backed by the opposition MCP and UTM- that he would not allow anybody to continue to cause anarchy and lawlessness.


“There is a limit. You will know who I am. Basopo! Don’t cross the line,” Mutharika, known for his patience, said.


He said it was nonsensical for anybody to burn his own school. “Is that sensible?” he asked, adding that an “evil spirit” had hit Malawi.

 

'I WON THE ELECTIONS'

 

Mutharika reiterated his stand that he won the May 21 presidential poll and “it was time for development and not politics.”


He said the opposition will not go into Government because of demonstrations. “Demonstrations can’t bring development. You become President if you are elected by people,” he said.


The President said it was "time to fulfill our development agenda."


He hit at the opposition, saying they were destroying what his government was building. “Can they go into government this way? You can’t allow them to run this country.”
The President said Malawians should love their country because “there is no any other country we have.”

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