Lilongwe – The United States of America through the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact has criticized the Malawi government over the use of force to quell the country’s mass demonstrations on Wednesday and Thursday. In a statement the MCC says “MCC is deeply concerned by the use of force by Malawian authorities on July 20 to prevent peaceful demonstrations, as well as the restrictions imposed on media reporting on those demonstrations.” The MCC calls into question the government’s commitment to good governance principles as stipulated in MCC’s scorecard which was drawn to help the Southern African state US$350m for revitalize the energy sector. The statement further says the MCC is “further disturbed by reports of violence targeting individuals based on their political or social affiliations.”
President Mutharika Friday threatened to smoke out and deal with the organizers of the demonstrations that have seen about 18 people dead, 200 arrested and many others injured. “ We join the whole of the US government in calling on the people and the Government of Malawi to remain committed to the principles of democracy and to express disagreements through peaceful means,” it says. MCC support citizens’ fundamental freedoms of expression and association in our partner countries. “As a core part of a Compact partnership, MCC expects the Government of Malawi to maintain and demonstrate a commitment to democracy and the rule of law.” Meanwhile the Corporation says it is closely monitoring the actions of the government of Malawi and reviewing MCC operations.
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