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Follow diplomatic channels, Malawi tells AU’s regional office

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Malawi has appealed to the African Union Southern Africa Regional Office (AU-SARO)  to “follow normal diplomatic channels” when engaging with the Government of Malawi.

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Reacting to allegations made by AU-SARO that the Malawi Police Service (MPS) used excessive force on Malawians citizens to quell political violence, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said  it had learnt with shock the allegation made by the continental body.

 “The allegation is contrary to the obtaining situation where the MPS has continued to exercise maximum restraint in discharging its duties,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“Government wishes to reaffirm its open door policy and willingness to engage with all stakeholders in the post election period. However, the Government of Malawi is appalled that the AU-SARO has resorted to engage the media on such matters of national interest,” reads the statement in part.

Capital Hill reiterated that it was committed to the rule of law and would ensure that peace and security is maintained in the country, more so, during the post-election period.

“The government, including the Head of State, has appealed to all parties concerned to maintain peace and order and restrain from provocative activities.

“Government will continue to do everything possible to ensure that all citizens and residents of the Republic of Malawi are protected and that peace and order is maintained in the country.

Malawi has witnessed political violence orchestrated by the opposition Malawi Congress Party after President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was declared by MEC winner of the May 21 presidential poll.

Mutharika has since condemned the acts of violence, including the invasion of Capital Hill offices by MCP supporters who caused a shutdown of government operations for a few days.

The President has called upon his main rival Lazarus Chakwera of MCP to condemn he violence b his supporters and concede defeat for te country to move forward.

Both the MCP and UTM of Saulos Chilima wants the presidential result nullified through the constitutional court.

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