Foreign Embassies in Malawi decry election violence

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Six foreign ambassadors stationed in Malawi have condemned all forms of violence, as demonstrations against the re-election of President Peter Mutharika in May consistently turn into clashes.

The ambassadors of the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway and the United States, in a joint statement, called on the government to investigate “all criminal acts and accusations of misconduct by the security forces”.

Death cases
A police officer was stoned to death on Tuesday, October 8, near the capital Lilongwe during clashes between police forces and opposition demonstrators who were trying to prevent a public meeting of the president.

Two other people were also reported killed during demonstrations.

“It is particularly important that the various parties refrain from any use of violence or incitement to violence,” the ambassadors said.

Official results
The incumbent president emerged victorious with 38.57% of the votes ahead of his main opponent, Lazarus Chakwera, who had 35.41% of the votes, according to official results.

However, the opposition has filed a request for the annulment of the election .

 

Olajumoke Adeleke