President Mutharika calls for withholding protest during month of Ramadan
“I don’t want to hear of any demonstrations this month because it is a month of prayers,” Mutharika said in a speech today August 1 from the capital, Lilongwe, broadcast on state radio. “That way we will respect all Muslims in the country,” he said.
That is from Frank Jomo’s article posted to MalawiDemocrat.com. It’s hard to judge the sincerity of Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika’s call on his fellow Malawians today to abstain from protesting during the holy month of Ramadan. He would obviously stand to benefit from people staying home instead of taking to the streets on August 17, when civil society leaders have scheduled a follow-up to the July 20th demonstrations.