Bingu wa Mutharika
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Malawi's Mutharika promises enquiry into deadly riots

Malawi's President, Bingu wa Mutharika, has told the BBC's Africa Have Your Say programme that he is planning to set up an independent commission of inquiry into the clashes between police and demonstrators last July in which at least 19 people died.

"The police moved in within their mandate and it is totally and morally wrong to say that it was Bingu who ordered the shooting of those people. I was as much surprised as anyone else," he told our reporter Alex Jakana in Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre.

The president added that the commission would also investigate the suspicious death of a student activist last month.

This was Mr Mutharika's first major interview since the unrest in July.

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  • 06 Oct 2011
  • From the section Africa