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Malawi Govt cautions opposition political parties against commenting on Coronavirus COVID-19

Mark Botoman
Malawi Information Minister Calls On MBC To Stand For Truth

Government would like to remind all Malawians that success
in the fight against #COVID19 is, to a reasonable extent, dependent on
development and dissemination of correct information.

In this regard, Government, through Ministerial Committee
chaired by the Ministry of Health, has been orienting health workers and
journalists in the management of COVID-19 to ensure effective preventive and
treatment strategies are developed and disseminated.

This week, there is an orientation of traditional leaders,
district commissioners and district health officers in the management of
COVID-19 organized by the Malawi Government in conjunction with UNICEF.

It is inappropriate, therefore, for groups such as UTM and
MCP to involve themselves in coronavirus message development and dissemination
without any orientation by the Ministry of Health.

Incorrect information is a setback to the fight against
coronavirus. In addition, even correct information developed and disseminated
wrongly, is a danger as well.

Government would like to ask UTM and MCP to cancel their
coronavirus sensitization tours and allow the Ministry of Health officials to
take lead.

The UTM, MCP and indeed any other political party, must
never use coronavirus for political gains. People’s lives are at risk and, for
once, let parties leave politics aside and think Malawi first.

The Government would like to urge all political parties in
the country considering involving themselves in the fight against Covid-19 to
contact the Ministry of Health for guidance.

Government expects UTM, MCP and indeed any other party with
similar ideas to adhere to this call by seeking guidance from Ministry of
Health.

Malawians are reminded that Covid-19 is a serious and
devasting pandemic which has affected the whole world. The law enforcement
agencies will, therefore, deal with anyone who will disregard the orders as
outlined by His Excellency the State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika
in his national address on COVID-19 last week.

Finally, Government expects that every Malawian will act
responsibly in managing this pandemic even though the country has not yet
registered any case.

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