Foreign envoys call on politicians to reaffirm trust in judiciary

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By Jayne Kaonga 

Heads of 10 diplomatic missions in Malawi are challenging political leaders to reaffirm their trust in the judiciary and commitment to democratic values.

In a joint statement, the foreign envoys stress that they are watching the country’s political tension with growing concern.

The statement has been issued by the envoys from Japan, Norway, Nigeria, Tanzania, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, USA, Britain and the European Union-EU.

The envoys advise political party leaders to stop using inflammatory language, and show restraint when it is used by their opponents.

"We believe that in order for Malawi’s progress towards a stronger and more inclusive democracy to be deepened, it is critically important to refrain from using inflammatory language, and to show restraint when it is used by others,” reads part of the statement.

They believe if political parties and community leaders work together they can deescalate the political tension and focus on the common history and experiences that unite Malawians.

They therefore urge political parties, the civil society, religious and traditional leaders, as well as peace-loving Malawians to deeply reflect on the principles of national policy under the country’s constitution especially principle 13 which calls for peaceful settlement of disputes through negotiation.

“This is the time for dialogue and peace building, not deepened divisions which could undermine the unity of the country,” stressed the envoys.

Leaders of political parties are also advised to abide by the judgement of the Supreme Court that will be issued after hearing the appeal later in April.



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