PAC, UTM condemn political violence

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and UTM Party have condemned the continued acts of political violence that has seen the brutal killing of Police Mobile Service Superintendent UsumaniImedi on Tuesday  at Msundwe in Lilongwe.

In separate statements issued on Thursday, PAC and UTM Party expressed concern and strongly condemned the rise in violence in  the country since the declaration of President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as winner of the presidential race in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

In a statement co-signed by PAC board chairperson the Right Reverend Felix Chingota and publicity secretary Reverend Father Peter Mulomole, the quasi-religious body said: “PAC believes  that  human life  is sacred and  irreplaceable  and therefore  the mob killing  of  security officers  is a  dangerous  path taken by those who  are disgruntled  by  the current political situation. Violence will never bring durable solutions to our political deficits we experience today.”

UTM Party, on the other hand, said barbarism has no place in an open and democratic society.

In its statement signed by the party’s director of publicity Joseph Chidanti-Malunga, UTM Party advises Malawians not turn against each other on account of political differences.

Both PAC and UTM have since called upon Malawians to remain calm and respect the rule of law.

As of Wednesday, police arrested 40 suspects in connection with the fracas on Tuesday. 

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