Car belonging to Malawi opposition spokesperson Kabwila torched: DPP suspected

Salima North West Member of Parliament (MP) Jessie Kabwila’s car a Toyora Fortunes was burnt Wednesday evening by as yet unknown assailants.

The spokesperson of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) was not in the car at the time the car went up in flames.

Kabwila's car on fire

Kabwila’s car on fire

Kabwila a fierce critic of the Peter Mutharika led government was attending a meeting when her car was torched.

Police said they were conducting preliminary investigations.

But MCP officials claimed it was the work of ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

DPP has a history of torching cars of critics even ballots papers.

Human rights activist Mankhumbo Munthali condemned the incident.

“This is a very barbaric act which must be condemned in the strongest terms. It’s a reminiscent of the 2011 events where houses and offices of the critics of government including the cars of  Zodiak Broadcasting Serviceswere torched and burnt,”Munthali told Nyasa Times.

However, when asked as to whether there was any foul play in this Munthali said: “You cannot completely rule out such a possibility. It is very certain that this barbaric act was systematic. Coming against the recent background of the recent internal squables in MCP the temptation would be to rush to conclude that this has been internally orchestrated.

“However, you cannot completely rule out the possibility of the involvement of the ruling DPP in this whole saga. The DPP gurus may be taking advantage of the current internal squables within MCP allegedely between Chakwera and Kabwira by masterminding this act just to implicate the MCP leader as behind this. So these are some of the possibilities.”

He urged Malawi Police service to “professionally” carry out investigations to ensure that perpetrators of the barbaric acts are brought to book

However, DPP spokesman Francis Kasaila said accusing the party on the incident is “unfair.”

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31 thoughts on “Car belonging to Malawi opposition spokesperson Kabwila torched: DPP suspected”

  1. True Patriot says:

    This incident is really intriguing when one considers the bad blood within MCP fold and between MCP and DPP.

    However, indications pointing towards DPP start to emerge when one factors in MBC’s reaction; the issue was top headlines on the news a few hours after the incident but one could clearly notice that the objective was to place the blame on MCP infighting.

    Now, why would the public broadcaster rush to point a finger, even before the Police have began their investigations? Is it to divert people’s focus from the real culprit? Does this strategy look familiar? Yes, MBC was all over announcing how Robert Chasowa had ‘jumped’ to his death. We now all know that the intelligent young man was actually murdered (refer Nyirenda Report).

    Sadly, as Bakili Muluzi used to say, Malawians forget easily… Someone should take the Puppets at MBC to talk…

  2. fridge says:

    Malawian politics blaming each other even mbuzi ya Wa opposition itadula chingwe munena kuti a DPP ndi omwe anabwera ndi mpeni mkudula chingwecho. Since I have been looking at comments its MCP eee DPP nobody ask if there was electrical fault u don’t even know that fire can start in a vehicle if there is electric fault. And that fortuner is an automatic vehicle of which this can happen but if you found buckets of fuel around the we can think about that

  3. Chechamba says:

    One late Bingu wa Muthalika once said “Tit for Tat is a fair game”. So my take is that MCP supporters who almost equal DPP supporters going by previous elections must also torch not just one but five DPP vehicles before close of business tomorrow.Believe me DPP guys will have their tails between their legs and police unprofessional-ism will be exposed.

  4. Kenkkk says:

    All signs lead to dpp thugs. When some of us say dpp is a party of thugs, you dpp cohorts don’t agree to that.

    Typical dpp strategy when the opposition is disagreement, they pounce so that blame goes to internal infighting within mcp. Dpp did the same at Laz meetings in the north at the time when there were disagreements with some district officials within mcp.

    Laz can’t instigate such evil things in the new mcp but dpp and its evil leaders can do that without any hesitation to take advantage of disagreements within mcp. After all Jesse has always been dpp’s target and this time they have been presented with an ideal environment to attack her.

    1. Concerned reader says:

      when your son dies you believe your grand parents have bewitched him…why DPP? How many enemies does madam kabwila have? fufuzani bwino..much as we hate DPP koma let these other things pass without attacking them..

  5. Fido says:

    Kodi a MCP inu mulibe ma bodyguard munthawi yomwe mwasiya galimoto zanu panjapo, eeeh MCP inasaukadi kkkkkkk

  6. Kachinda Nyini says:

    Jessie Kabwila,you canot fight with the DDP and win!

  7. Woma says:

    Cheap politics in MALAWI. Am very disappointed with this DPP Government. How could you?

  8. Achimidzimidzi says:

    So we have some people who can not face Jessie Kabwila face to face in round of logical thinking and they have resorted to destroying her voiceless property. Whew!

    If these people are not cowards they will publically claim responsibility and so that we know we have strong people in the country.

    As of now Jessie Kabwila – MP remains a strong fighter and a hero.

    Keep it up madam !!!

  9. atate says:

    no wonder we are still waiting for the mzungus to help us build zimbuzi masukulumu while leaders are busy having meetings planning to kill someone.
    do the leaders feel like they are doing it best when there is no maize in admac but there are alot of advisers and aides plus body guards when malawians many of them cant even afford a meal perday?
    shame

  10. Kabwira\'s admirer says:

    Dr Kabwira, may be you are in the wrong job.It may be time to go back South and takeup a teaching job at CHANCOL

  11. lawson says:

    This is MCP work they want to hide behind DPP.A ploy to frustrate her

  12. Patience says:

    anthu amene mwapanga zimenezi muzimvere chisoni kwambili coz this is being uncivilized…mukatere mmalawi nzanu mukumubweza mmbuyo pamene amwenye akupatsana ma capital a business…chonchi malawi ingatukuke

  13. Zuze says:

    Let the small differences not divide us

  14. Zuze says:

    This will unite MCP. Please Jessie, we love you! Let the small differences that are in MCP divide us. They will be sorted out soon.

  15. Stupid MPs says:

    Koma ngati DPP timadana nayo apa nde zawonjeza chilichonse chikachitika ndi DPP ayi Solve your warangles in your party MCP a Foolish party I will never like you Propaganda party.

    1. Concerned reader says:

      for sure..leave DPP alone..intra party fighting

  16. Solobala says:

    During one party rule zinthu zinali bwino anthu tinali kukondanda chifukwa tonse tinali mbali imodzi, i blame Bakili Muluzi for bringing democracy without dignity

    1. Solobala your observation is absolutely right unfortunately the masses have already been brainwashed by this stupid democracy

  17. Gerard mapanga Phiri says:

    That is totally savage politics in 50 years in freedom. People still acting like dogs. They act like they 50 yrs behind modern world.

  18. Eazy says:

    Everyone knows who torches cars and carries zikwanje – the only remaining party that is a stumbling block to Malawi’s peace and democracy. What do you expect from people who were not there when we were fighting for democracy

  19. The works of Dausi and his colleagues, just as they did with late Njauju – may his soul rest in peace. This savagery act and brutality will not take us anywhere – DPP, a party of doom and hate, they want us to go back to one party state…

  20. This is clear evidence that MCP will never reform. Two weeks ago, the party’s security led by Chakwera’s bodyguard beat up Dr Kabwila’s supporters at a public rally in Salima. They also beat up Mr Felix Jumbe’s supporters. Neither Chakwera nor any other MCP Leader has condemned the brutalit against the two. Now, the MCP wants to physically eliminate Dr Kabwila and Mr Jumbe. Kodi Kongelesi idzasintha liti?

    Dr Kabwila and Hon Jumbe. Take care. If you are not careful, the party of death and darkness will decimate you. Shame on Chakwera. Shame on Kongelesi.

    1. Central says:

      Only the insane can think like this! No body need investigators as regards who did this when a Minister is openly boosting on radio on the same! Ukufuna kupusitsa ndani! Yes they can beat each other, but do not torch vehicles! DPP torches vehicles!!

  21. Concerned reader says:

    STOP implicating your enemies Malawi..that is even what happens in the village when your son dies,you blame a neigbour kuti ndi mfiti andiphela mwana..accept misfortunes in life..you even have dirtiest enemies beyond DPP madam Kabwila..but it might not be them too

  22. Chititimbe says:

    Jessie Kabwira and Felix Jumbe are in danger. Malawi Crocodile Party deadly. You can’t cross their path and live. The whole country knows how murderous this party is. You don’t even need to be a rocket scientist to know that these are Malawi Crocodile party works. Even in the aftermath of Kamuzu, we have seen the Chafukiras killed mercilessly in a hotel. MCP is just MCP and will nEveR changE.

  23. Mice & Grasshoppers says:

    DPP was commemorating the 20 July 2011 massacre by torching this car

  24. The Oracle says:

    Very sad development that should be condemned by all peoples who love our country. Conspiracy theories points to DPP and Chakwera camp but Kabwira herself should have the best intuition to smell who could be behind the attack. Looking at recent events in MCP, this could be one of the covert ways to demotivate her. It should be reckon that the bunch district chairpersons calling for convention supports Kabwira style of leadership. This is just the beginning, Kabwira is Kabwira ngati anathana ndi pulofesa nanga wenawa ndiyani

  25. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    “You have enemies? Good. That means you have stood up for something.” – Winston Churchill
    . . . Truth is . . .
    Kabwira has a large supply of enemies coz she is a strong woman (who refuses to be meek when things are going wrong, but challenges people’s intellectual power and shows them, they are not as smart. Thus . . .
    . . . MCP leadership cant find sleep with Kabwira because she is not a yes-bwana kind of lady. She speaks her honest mind; yet in the company of dihonest people, its a crime to be honest; just as it is a crime to be strong in the company of weak people; and to be rich among the people; and a believer amidst non-believers.
    . . . DPP shovels her around, coz she is courageous and tells them truth about what they are. And truth hurts.
    ……………………………………………………………………………….
    One thing is very clear – Kwabwira is a rare breed. And everything that Malawi needs! Keep up!
    . . . Let Kabwira know that, all these tactics (by these savages – MCP or DPP or someone else); are aimed at changing her into a meek puppet. But remember . . .
    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
    . . . I hope she will remain strong and become even stronger.
    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  26. Mwananyanian says:

    This piece of writing is trash, and shows no research in the background to suggest the arson was politically motivated. First and foremost, it is a criminal act; and it should be treated as such. To start already pointing fingers at DPP or MCP, even before the Police investigation is done, suggests a certain degree of shallow thinking on the part of the writer. Or his/her employers.
    Investigations start with the criminality of the act, and then the motive comes latter. Not the other opposite way.
    The criminal act is despicable. And the prima facie accusations are uncalled for.

    1. Franz Van Gwire says:

      I would like to agree with Mwananyanian sentiments. People should not rush to put the blame on anyone before police investigations are done because you may end up with wrong results. Unfortunately our police is so unprofessional these days and luck enough resources to undertake prudent investigations. Just imagine even in a crime scene where there are finger prints they will tell you that they don’t have the materials to take finger prints and they are no longer there. Govt please reclaim the cash gate buses from police sell them and use the money to buy them other useful resources for their professional work.

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