Peter Mutharika apologises for July 20 deaths
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) interim president Peter Mutharika yesterday apologised to people in the north for the deaths that occurred during the July, 2011 mass demonstrations saying such incidents should never have happened.
Mutharika said this when he addressed a rally in Mzuzu, his first since that incident and following the death of his brother, former president Bingu wa Mutharika.
"I would like to apologise for those that died here during the July 20 demonstrations. That will never happen again," he said about the incident in which 20 people were killed. Mzuzu registered 11 deaths in the incident.
Mutharika called on party followers to join hands with its leadership to strengthen the DPP so that it wins the elections in 2014.
He said once voted into power again in 2014, the party would work to increase allowances for public university students, concentrate on the welfare of people in the rural areas and continue with Bingu's development projects that risk stalling because of the change of administration.
Speaking at the function was also DPP secretary general Wakuda Kamanga who called on people to support the party. He said the party had learnt many lessons and was therefore better equipped to lead the country.
He said among other things, the party had learnt that power rests with the people and that in ruling one should not leave the people behind because a party can have a president in the morning and have none in the afternoon.
Hundreds of people filled the Mzuzu Upper Stadium but the major highlight of the day was the return to the party of Chihaula Shaba, Member of Parliament for Mzimba South East.
Shaba was recently spotted at People's Party regional elections but did not stand for any position.