Vice president for the ruling Democratic progressive in the Southern Region Kondwani Nankhumwa has urged political leaders in the country to resolve their differences through mediation following the May 21 elections disputes.
Nankhumwa has further urged former Presidents Bakili Muluzi and Joyce Banda as well as former vice president Justin Malewezi to rise up to the occasion and initiate dialogue to resolve the impasse which has resulted in citizens taking it to the streets to demonstrate and loot both government and private property.
“Former Presidents Bakili Muluzi and Joyce Banda have both received accolades on the international scene in as far as peace is concerned. They really have to come in,” said Nankhumwa during a political rally held at Nyambadwe school ground in Ndirande, Blantyre.
“I also call upon religious leaders and institutions such as Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to see the need of calling both the ruling and opposition for a round table discussion because the political situation prevailing in the country needs a political solution,” said Nankhumwa.
Meanwhile, opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and United Transformation Movement (UTM) who are instigators of the nationwide demonstrations have turned down the call, arguing it is not time for dialogue.
The two parties are in court challenging the presidential elections which Peter Mutharika od DPP won.