National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust national programmes manager Gray Kalindekafe says continued lawlessness in the country is a catastrophe to both the country’s development and Constitution.
He has since advised Malawians to love their country by avoiding causing chaos whenever they are aggrieved.
Kalindekafe said this on Tuesday at Chikwawa Council Chamber during peace-building meeting with the district’s influential leaders to engage them to maintain peace to foster development.
Nice Trust is currently engaging influential leaders nationwide to prepare their followers to accept the presidential elections case verdict by the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe.
In an interview, Kalindekafe said: “The continued violence among Malawians will not take us anywhere except destroying the only country that we have,” he said in an interview.
He cited the destruction of property during demonstrations as some of the worst forms of lawlessness in the country.
“Please let us be patriotic to our country. We have one Malawi, one flag, one currency and we are known for being peaceful,” he said.
Kalindekafe said the resources that are destroyed during demonstrations belong to the country; hence, the need to safeguard them for sustainable development.
In his remarks, Chikwawa district commissioner Ali Phiri committed to partner with all stakeholders to put in place strategies that would promote peace in the district to facilitate the country’s peaceful coexistence and social cohesion.
University of Livingstonia political commentator George Phiri in an interview said the country is failing to have patriotic citizens because leaders are not exemplary.
“Our leaders are full of corruption. They are not patriotic to their country. They deplete public resources, which are meant to serve Malawians.
“So, how can this instil a sense of patriotism among the citizens. Unless they change their ways Malawians cannot also change,” he said.
Phiri, therefore, called on Nice Trust and other stakeholders to reprimand leaders in public to address the problem.
Since the May 21 Tripartite Elections, some Malawians have been demonstrating, demanding the head of Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah for presiding over an alleged flawed electoral process.