LILONGWE – President Peter Mutharika has accused opposition political leaders of attempting to use mercenary militias from Al-Shabaab and the Congo war zone to create anarchy in Malawi.

The Malawi president was speaking in Parliament when he delivered the State of the Nation address.

“I know two political leaders who discussed the possibility of exploding Kamuzu Stadium on the day of my swearing in. They must know that I know. These two political leaders have tried to recruit mercenary militias from Al-Shabaab and the Congo war zone to come and create anarchy in this country. Is this the leadership we want?” he said.

“My appeal to govt is that they should only tell the president HE Peter Muthatika the truth. The issue of DRC and Al-Shabab on my mind wrong Intel. Let the president know that the All-Shabab is a very serious terrorist organisation and mentioning them when they have nothing to do with Malawi it might be a provocation of highest order to this grouping. They are able to go wherever they want at anytime and carry out their operation and leave and announce their involvement. This will definitely make headlines in international media hopefully All-Shabab will respond.” One of concerned citizen Gerald Chavez Kampanikiza wrote on his facebook page.

Mutharika then warned that Malawians will jealously defend their peace if endangered. He said Malawi has always have always defended peace with peace but that cannot be taken for granted either.

“I have warned this nation before. That if we sit back in silence and watch this spirit growing, one day evil will rule this nation and take us ransom. It only takes silence of the good people for evil to triumph.”

“One thing I know. We are peace lovers. But Malawians cannot be taken for granted. I repeat, we cannot take Malawians for granted.”

Mutharika was reelected last month but Malawi Congress Party’s Lazarus Chakwera and UTM leader Saulos Chilima are challenging results of the polls in court.

Opposition supporters have been protesting the results of the elections with violence incidents being recorded during the protests.

Mutharika in his speech today (21th June,2019) said the violence is being perpetrated by opposition political leaders

“Since we voted on 21 May, I have heard political leaders calling for bloodshed. We have seen two innocent children killed. We have seen innocent women stripped naked and beaten in public. We have seen our judges intimidated and justice threatened.

“Let me warn those inciting violence. Those who attack peace should know that we shall pay any price, confront any danger, conquer any challenge to defend our precious peace. We shall defend every Malawian, protect every school child, save every life to defend this country,” Mutharika said.

Source : Malawi24

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