The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has condemned the violence that marred a political rally in Mzuzu on Sunday, saying the attacks have shown that Malawians fail to co-exist.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP), People’s Party (PP), and Alliance for Democracy (Aford) organised a joint rally at Chibavi ground in Mzuzu but panga-wielding thugs stormed the venue and injured some members of the three parties.
However, acting national secretary for CCJP Martin Chiphwanya said the attacks were uncalled for.
“It is regrettable for a democratic country as we have failed to promote inter-party democracy as people on the scene failed to take each other’s existence at the meeting,” said Chiphwanya.
He added that there is need to create awareness on the importance of tolerating each other’s presence.
Chiphwanya has since proposed that police officers should provide security at political rallies in order to avoid similar attacks in future.
It is not yet known as to who started the violence but some reports show that a group of PP members were not happy with the joint rally and decided to disrupt it.
Other reports say Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets are the ones that attacked people at the political rally.
The DPP has since denied any involvement in the violence.