Karonga-based socio-political activist, Stevenson Simusokwe, is presently in hiding following a myriad of threats from some members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for opposing that the Karonga-Chitipa Road be named the ‘Bingu Highway.’
He said it was a “disgrace” that the road be named as such when “Bingu killed northerners” during the infamous July 20 anti-government protests against the Bingu-DPP anti-government protests.
Simusokwe, executive director of the Karonga Youth for Justice and Peace (KYJD), told Nyasa Times Tuesday from an unknown place that he is being haunted for “standing up for the truth.”
He is one of the revered youth activists the country has now; and, some of his notable initiatives are fighting the Paladin Africa Limited (PAL) for questioning their social corporate responsibilities and for the initiative he is being threatened for now.
“Bingu was responsible for the deaths of tens of people in the northern region and for the quota system whose aim was to frustrate ambitious young men from the region. Why name the road for someone like that,” wondered Simusokwe.
The Karonga-Chitipa Road has been one of the worst roads since Malawi got independence from the Britons in 1964.
Traditional Authority Karonga, of Karonga, a key figure in the Bingu administration for favours has always been in support but the incumbent Paramount Chief Kyungu, a favourite of the former and current government, is against the plan.
Timothy Mtambo, executive director of Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation (CHRR), has described the situation as “unfortunate.”
Mtambo said that “in this day and age Malawi must be more progressive.”
He said “we have more issues to work on other than working against who’re working for the benefit of this country.”
Peter Mutharika, incumbent Malawi president, is the brother Pres Bingu wa Mutharika who died of heart attack on April 5, 2012.
Bingu’s administration is renowned for a number of negatives including the death of youth 23-year old activist, but also final year engineering student Robert Chasowa. His case is still in Malawi courts.
DPP has a history of abductions and killings.
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