The Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) president, Henry Kachaje has taken with pinch of salt reports of a leaked list of names of people the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is allegedly planning to kill for being critical to President Peter Mutharika.
For a week also the social media has been awash with copies of the alleged hit-list which has 17 names of prominent figures in the society that are said to have been critical of Mutharika’s policy and leadership style “marked for death”.
Those on the hit-list widely circulated on WhatsApp and Facebook include Kachaje, Prophet Sheppard Bushiri, former president Joyce Banda and leader of opposition who is also president for the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Lazarus Chakwera.
Kachaje, reacting to the issue, said his first reaction was to treat it as one of ‘sick jokes’ from someone using the social media irresponsibly.
“I therefore wish to appeal to all of us to use our freedom of expression responsibly and wisely,” said Kachaje.
He pointed out that Mutharika once expressed dismay at how “sick” our nation has become as Malawians can spread sensitive rumours and lies against authorities and fellow citizens”.
Mutharika once said many Malawians consider the social media as their bible of truth, arguing Malawi is the only country in which someone would sit down and create stories and spread them on social media, thereby misleading others who actually don’t have the wisdom to question whatever they read.
Kachaje, writing on his Facebook page, doubted the possibility of DPP creating a hit-list, calling on Malawians to start questioning whatever they read on social media.
“Can the DPP, whose name means Democratic and Progressive be so tyrannical and start oppressing our democratic freedom and murder anyone with a critical or different view?
“Can the DPP, led by a professor of constitutional law, with 40 years of practice in a very progressive and liberal democratic nation (USA), sink so low to endorse such barbaric ways of dealing with those critical or holding a different view?
“ Can the DPP, with a cabinet full of educated PhDs,fail to resolve whatever challenges the nation is facing and resort to perpetuating violence, hatred, intimidation and murder of those seen to be critical of its leadership?”
According to Kachaje it sounds” incomprehensible” for a political party that claims to be both democratic and progressive to behave in a” barbaric and satanic manne” as the so called “leaked hit list” seems to propagate.
Kachaje believed the so-called leaked hit-list is clearly a sick joke that should not frighten those willing to offer constructive feedback to “our leaders and enjoying our democratic freedom”.
He, however, did not want to throw caution to the wind, saying: “But in the unlikely event that there is some grain of truth in the said leaked document, then it is my prayer that as Malawians who love peace and democratic progress, we must work together in solidarity to root-out the elements of tyranny, intimidation, violence and any form of barbaric acts that might threaten our hard-won democracy.
“It is my prayer that believers and the church will continue to pray for this nation for our God is able to deliver us from evil. Indeed, should there be any holding public office with such evil and murderous intent”.
Kachaje has been one of the few people to stand up for poor Malawians against social and economic injustices.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :