Mutharika vows to prosecute Malawi protest leaders

Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika stoked the situation in his country on Friday by vowing to prosecute...

A burnt-out shop in Lilongwe after the 20 July protests in Malawi. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika stoked the situation in his country on Friday by vowing to prosecute the leaders of the protests.

In an address on state television and radio, he threatened to smoke out the demonstration organisers. Many of them have gone into hiding after they heard police earmarked them for arrest.

Mutharika also accused civic organisations and opposition parties of trying to overthrow the government.

At least 13 people were killed after angry locals demonstrated in

various cities across the country. They are protesting against the

increasingly autocratic president and government policy.

Meanwhile, a Malawian man accused of sparking the violent unrest has called himself a hero.

On Tuesday evening, he filed an injunction in the Lilongwe High Court to halt the planned protests.

Shiza Mbakeyane told Malawi's Daily Times that as a true democrat, his actions saved many lives. But the young man has gone on into hiding to avoid being attacked and his family has disowned him.