Political commentators have warned aspiring candidates to desist from inciting violence during the electoral process.
This is not the first time concerned individuals and institutions have come out in the open to condemn incidences of political violence which have been on the increase in the country in the past few months.
Recently the United States Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer told the local Media that United States is concerned by incidents of political violence in the lead up to the May 21, 2019 Tripartite Elections.
“We call upon all political party leaders and citizens to commit to non-violence during the electoral process,” Palmer said.
In an interview with YFM, Mzuzu based political commentator Peter Mumba said political violence has no room in the country’s democracy.
He however applauded politicians for sticking to peaceful rallies lately as the country is drawing near to the polls.
“Recently we have seen politicians behaving peacefully most aspirants have realised that hate speeches are a waste of time and that’s what we want from politicians to tell us what they will do when Malawians put them into power,” Mumba said.
Commenting on the issue, Mzuzu Youth Association chairperson Mervin Nxumayo said political Leaders should be in the fall front encouraging peaceful campaign especially among young people.
Nxumayo, however was quick to condemned some political party leaders who Neglect to walk the Talk by encouraging the Youth to engage in violence in opponent political rallies.
“It is true that political violence is letting down Democratic values in the country but it seems there are some political leaders who in the open they seem to condemned violence but behind the scenes thwy are the ones perpetuating violence,” NXumayo said.
Malawi will head to the ballot on 21st May to vote for Ward Councilors, Members of Parliament (MPs) and a President.