27 August 2016 Last updated at: 6:31 PM
Mutharika aims jabs at Chakwera: calls for peace in MCP
Amid political squabbles in opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), President Peter Mutharika has called for peace in the party arguing that the country stands on pillars of democracy.
The call comes at a time when there has been internal squabbles in the party that have witnessed some members losing property while others being threatened.
Speaking during a dinner and dance for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Mzuzu on Friday, Mutharika urged MCP to resolve all the differences with peace.
“We are democratic and Malawi can only develop with the participation of every citizen in our democracy. No citizen must be intimidated, threatened with death or their property set on fire for expressing their political views.
“As John Lynch reminds us, we will not agree on every issue, but let us respect those differences and respect one other, let us recognize that we do not serve an ideology or political party, we serve the people,” said Mutharika.
Among the reasons for the infighting is MCP members’ displeasure over the leadership of Lazarus Chakwera.
Some members who claim to be fed up with Chakwera’s leadership have been asking him to resign and seek fresh mandate at a convention.
But the party accuses the disgruntled of working for the ruling DPP.