The Malawi leader, did not also have kind words for Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera for promoting such attacks, reminding the former Malawi Assemblies of God president that as a trained pastor he should be in a better position to understand that “every life is precious”.
Recently, Chakwera called for citizen arrests of people going around the community demanding national identity cards in exchange for loans.
He said people should not wait for the police or government to defend the people’s birthright because none of them has done anything to stop the criminals.
“So from now on, everywhere these criminals arrive to offer us money in exchange for national IDs, we must send them a clear message that our citizenship is not for sale,” Chakwera was quoted as saying.
But in his special address to the nation on Tuesday, Mutharika said MCP leader is encouraging acts of violence against members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the Central Region.
“The aim of this campaign of violence is to intimidate DPP members from organizing their people to register for the election.
“Sadly, my heart is broken to note that Dr. Reverend Lazarus Chakwera is encouraging these acts of violence.
“As a supposed man of God himself, I want to appeal to Reverend Chakwera’s conscious that we are dealing with God’s people. These people are already distressed with coronavirus.
“We are also dealing with people who have suffered in the violence and destruction of the past few months. Let us love Malawians. Every life is precious,” said President Mutharika.
President Mutharika said government will not allow mob justice, politics of violence and lawlessness to be the way of doing politics in the country.
He commended the Malawi Police Service for fighting the crimes of mob justice and political violence, saying so far 158 suspected criminals have been arrested.