For immediate release
August 5, 2016
Ministry of Information, Communication
Technology and Civic Education
Private Bag 310
BRAVO, MR PRESIDENT!
Government wishes to thank the State President His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika for being a listening leader and arriving at a compromise with the University of Malawi students over fees.
We are proud that Malawi has a true democrat under whose leadership citizens are free to express themselves, including through demonstrations.
Government also wishes to commend the members of the Malawi Police Service who were in action yesterday for demonstrating yet again that we have a professional police service that has undertaken to respect the right of the people to demonstrate.
This is the kind of police service that His Excellency the President would like to see.
We also wish to thank Malawians for showing organisers of the demonstrations that they missed the point. The numbers were miserable because Malawians understand that any concerns need to be resolved by dialogue, and not politicising everything by going to the streets.
Government is aware that the organisers of the miserable demonstrations wanted to use University fees as an excuse to pursue a desperate agenda of mobilising a national political revolt. This has not worked. The movement has collapsed because Malawians are reasonable.
Listening to the sentiments of the organisers, their issues are scattered and they do not make sense. These are political machinations that wanted to chance a ride on the back of innocent University students. They have failed. Thank you the people of Malawi for rejecting blackmail.
As Government, we would like to ask any Malawian with concerns to present a credible agenda and we will attend to it.
PATRICIA A. KALIATI MP
GOVERNMENT SPOKERPERSON &
MINISTER OF INFORMATION, COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY AND CIVIC EDUCATION