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HRCC Condemns Bingu Speech

The Human Rights Consultative Committee has described President Mutharika’s recent remarks on human rights activists, donors and political parties as hate speech which should be condemned.

A statement signed by HRCC coordinator Reverend MacDonald Sembereka and Vice Chairperson Margaret Ali advises that the president should desist from making inflammatory statements.

In an earlier interview, Presidential spokesperson Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba saw no wrong doing in the president’s remarks on Sunday.

It was a reminiscent of 22 July speech at Zomba police college where the president promised to smoke out all his allegedly detractors.

The president is on record to have earlier instructed Democratic Progressive Party cadres to deal with all people who have been discredited his government.

Non-governmental organizations came in quickly to condemn the assertions by the first citizen.

After battling with different stakeholders on the devaluing of Kwacha and unavailability of fuel the president says is now tired.

He has again instructed his youth wing to use what is supposed to be done to people that ridicule the president.

For the past few days there have reports of petrol bombs to lawyers, and human rights activists.

Some activists have seen posters on their vehicles that they are for sale yet they are not selling.

Recently chairperson of HRCC had a rude awakening after discovering a poster advertising for offices to let at his offices in Lilongwe with all his telephone numbers and a picture.

HRCC says this behavior is unwarranted in a democratic Malawi.

National coordinator for the grouping Reverend MacDonald Sembeleka, vice chairperson Mrs. Margaret Ali have expressed concern over intimidation of human rights defenders.

Presidential spokesperson Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba says there is nothing wrong with what the president said. —Zodiak Online

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