According to a statement signed by Presidential Press Secretary and Spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani, the President condemns the incidents as they go against the spirit of democracy in Malawi.
“As one of Malawians who took part in the drafting of the Constitution which guarantees democratic rights of Malawians today, President Mutharika believes in and advocates for tolerance among Malawians of different political divides,” reads the statement in part.
The statement further states that, President Mutharika therefore condemns any acts that infringes on people's democratic rights and narrow the space for democratic growth in Malawi.
“Professor Mutharika is urging all Malawians to demonstrate that democracy is maturing in Malawi by ensuring peaceful co-existence as the nation heads to the polls,” adds the statement.
The President also urges political parties to restrain their followers from inciting and perpetrating violence.
President Mutharika is asking all politicians to take the lead in creating a peaceful environment by ensuring they run issue-based political meetings as this is critical for the building of our nation.
“Finally, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika expects the police to bring its investigation of the Mangochi incident to a logical conclusion and that perpetrators are brought to book,” concludes the statement.