“I am directing the Police and MDF to stop these demonstrations. Should HRDC, MCP and UTM go ahead with the demonstrations, let them not say that they were not warned. Without the borders, there is no Malawi. These people [HRDC, MCP & UTM] are waging war on our country and it’s treasonous. I have no choice but to take necessary measures to protect the borders with all the necessary force a law unto themselves one day, evil will rule this country” – President Peter Mutharika (08.03.2020).
The Tipp-Ex President Peter Mutharika, who cannot stomach demonstrations nor public display of dissatisfaction towards him and the state. Now, there is no middle ground. He is now closing the space. His not accepting being questioned, neither the Malawi Electoral Commission. The President says this as several of the leaders in the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC). Therefore, his words are not worthless.
The President is setting himself up for failure. His closing the ability of the people to be vocal when the state is wrong. His saying the other opposition should be silent too. This is a clear step of a man who distrust of people is rising sky-high. Maybe, his feeling the pressure for techniques to rig the May 2020 elections?
The President of Malawi directing the army and police force, whose there to secure the public. Not to stop them nor stop the public from demonstrating against unfair policies and decrees. That is why they are on the streets with their feet.
That Mutharika is going to this step. Really shows how little governance, little ability he has to rule temporary, as his living on mercy after the “null and void” elections in 2019. The citizens deserves better than this.
Mutharika is saying they are treasonous for demonstrating, which is very convenient for him. Making any dissent into illegal action. This is a clear misdirection and malicious attempt of overriding any will of the people. Since, the President only allows his actions and his directions. The public has to silenced. If they dare to speak out, then they might face treason. How else you interpret these words?
The President whose already living on borrowed time with the highest office. Is clearly planning to stay by any means. As he is directing the authorities to stop the others from competing and using the boulevards as their platforms. Since, he got the State House and the Authorities in his pocket. This is why he makes offending him and his intelligence a crime against the state. That is what he has initially done by saying this! Peace.