Malawi MPs receive death threats over illegal wood as police brutalises Jooma’s home

Malawi Police officers stormed the home village of spokesman for finance in the opposition People’s Party (PP), Ralph Jooma  in Monkey bay and conducted door-to-door searches without warrant and harassed villagers in a mysterious operation that has Officer in Charge of Mangochi and Inspector General of Police are not sure who sanctioned the cops.

 Matola (L) and Jooma : Political vandetta

Matola (L) and Jooma : Political vandetta

The police this week searched the houses of Jooma relations as the Mangochi Monkey bay parliamentarian was in Lilongwe.

“It was intimidation and harassment. The searches yielded nothing,” said one of the villagers.

PP secretary general Ibrahim Matola confirmed the incident, saying the party was tipped that the operation was organised by a cabinet minister without the knowledge of the police chief, saying it political harassment following Jooma’s recent critique of government in parliament.

“We are saddened with what happened. It was clear a political vendetta and not law enforcement,” he said.

Wood-gate threats

Meanwhile, disgruntled members from a network of people recently exposed as being at the centre stage in illegal wood exports are sending death threats to the members of the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources.

After conducting an investigation into a suspected thriving illegal timber trade business the Committee named individuals and companies involved in smuggling the indigenous hardwood which is a protected item under the country’s law.

The committee’s leadership has since reported the matter to Parliament seeking protection as they fear for their lives, its Welani Chilenga, confirmed to a local press that they are “living in fear” following the threats.

“We are worried that some committee members, especially I and my deputy, are leaving in fear as these illegal wood exporters say they have organized hit squads to take away our lives,” said the Chair.

The committee’s vice chair Alex Majoni collaborated the threat issue, saying they are worried of the many anonymous calls issuing all sorts of threats over the matter, but has said that they are not moved at all.

Majoni has however said they will not stop at nothing “to preserve the country’s natural resources because at the rate the country is losing her forests the economic and climate challenges will remain the same if no corrective measures are done”.

Clerk of Parliament Roosevelt Gondwe confirmed receiving a written report from the committee and that National Assembly is “ sending it to the Inspector General of Police for further inquiry since Parliament is not an investigative body.”

In a report, 35 culprits were named in the depletion of hardwood in some parts of the country forest reserves and that K 643, 042,226.80 worth of licenses dues to government were also evaded.

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation has since condemned those issuing the threats and called upon the Police to probe the matter and take appropriate action for it is for the national good.

The report also says that a combination of hardwood from Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia is being illegally exported to China through Mozambique ports, despite the 2008 ban on exports of all forms of wood to address the status of indigenous hardwood in the country which showed that there was no forest that could sustain supply of hardwood timber for domestic and export.

One of the suspected timber racketeers is ruling DPP mafia, Noel Masangwi.

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Mashino amingi
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Salule is also mugulu lomwelo la zigawenga. A Police mufufuzeni uyu. whyy do u fear him!

BOX 13 BILILA, N U
Guest

Owe mbale wake WA masangwi,or fellow family member whatsoever usatinyase kapena kitipsetsa mitima pa nkhani ya kuphedwa kwa chasowa,utsi sufuka popanda Moto,masangwi played a part in chasowa’s murder only that there is justice in this planet especially when it comes to ones in leadership,so zip it or else mmxx.# masangwi brother

Tili kwa eni
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Apolisi athuwa koma kuwatuma nkhani ngati zimenezi ndiye amathamanga kapena kuwawuza kuti akagwire vakabu. Anthu okuti akumwela zawo sanabe zamunthu apolisa athu amathamangila amenewo koma kuwawuza kuti wakuba kuno uva galimoto tilibe.

Bwampini wa Muthanyura
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Bwampini wa Muthanyura

Kkkkk Salule waliliratu imfa ya mafia m’bale wake chokweza asadafe nkomwe e.

Qabaniso
Guest

Chikwanje, chiopsezo, ndi chanichanichani uko! DPP chiongolero.

J. Chimbalanga
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anthu akuba awa a dpp; anaononga chikangawa ku North imene inali nkhalango yokongola imene kamuzu anakoza tsopano akufuna kumaliza timitengo tonse tachilengedwe tomwe tinatsala

Salule Masangwi
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Nyasatimes Editor I would like to express my disappointment with your online paper for deliberately and willfully publishing comments that are not only defamatory and slanderous to my brother but are also clearly putting his life in danger. I hope you know what your are doing. The fact that you are publishing this online paper from overseas should not give you lincence to deliberately destroy people’s lives and believe you will always get away with it. You have deliberately and systematically painted my brother as a monster in the minds of your readership. You were even the first to tell… Read more »
kd
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kodi ku Malawi kuli police? ine ndinagula pistol gun, uta plus nkhwangwa ndizimene ndimazitetezela ndipo ndimayenda nazo mu galimoto mwanga ….. useless police

VYOTO
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HAA ACHINA MASANGWI AYAMBAPO KUGWILISA DIRTY HANDS AKUFUNA APHESO NGATI MUMENE ANAPHERA CHASOWA ETI!!!!!

sinthole,manondo,mphwiyo,lutepo
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sinthole,manondo,mphwiyo,lutepo

ntchito za Dpp ndizimenezo,awa anapha chasowa pa 2 july anatiphera achibale zinthu sizizayenda kwa awa.

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