April 20, 2014
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Lilongwe – Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika Thursday pleaded with organisers of the countrywide democrations that have rocked the southern African nation since yesterday to stop the demonstrations and meet him in order to find to solutions to the country’s failing economy. In his twenty minute lunch hour speech, Mutharika said the rioting that have seen shops beng looted across the country can not end because of the violent turn of the protests. “I just hope that God will help us find an end to this problem,” he said adding that the situation is the work of satan. Mutharika is asking civil rights groups and opposition political parties to form a committee that should meet him and try to find a solution to the country’s problems.

However, previously civil rights groups have argued that they have tried to meet Mutharika for consultations on the country’s problems but the president has always labelled them “stupid and drunk.” Diferent people who listened to the address say the speech was empty and did not offer hope to the nation.

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Charles Mkula is Newstime Africa's Southern Africa Editor

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