By Malawi Freedom Network
Mutharika Commissions Warships, Orders MDF, Police To Stop Airport, Border Shutdown Demos
Malawi President, Arthur Peter Mutharika has on Wednesday presided over the commissioning of Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Warships at the military’s Marine Department Headquarters in Monkeybay, Mangochi where he issued a podium order to MDF and Police to stop the forth coming demonstrations organised by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).
Mutharika said, there is no way HRDC can continue organizing such demonstrations that will cause havoc and mayhem with heavy negative impact on the country’s economy.
Said Mutharika: “I’m therefore instructing Malawi Police and Malawi Defence Force to use any possible force to stop the forth coming demonstrations.”
On the same, Mutharika said, he was aware that in organising the demos, the HRDC was only serving the interests of opposition political parties in the name of MCP and UTM as the two parties want to bring in foreigners through the borders to cause conflict in the country.
In response, HRDC through its Vice Chairperson, Gift Trapence said the President should know that he is not above the law hence not the law himself.
He said HRDC will not sit down and watch people’s rights being curtailed and that the organisation will seek legal redress to such decrees and impunity until Jane Ansah resigns.
“The President should know that HRDC is non-political and is not influenced by any interests other than the best interests of Malawians,” hinted Trapence.
He further said, if Mutharika wants to declare state of emergency, he should follow the right process.
During the ceremony, Mutharika commended the MDF for attracting good reputation for their hard work and discipline during peace-keeping missions abroad.
The Warships have been named in honour of former Army Generals in the name of the late Khanga, Chigawa, Maulana and also in honour of the Former President Bakili Muluzi and the current President, Peter Mutharika.