Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) deputy national youth director Dyton Mussa has been implicated as ‘commandeering’ the political violence that occurred in Mzuzu and that he is heading a hit squad.
Suspects who were arrested in connection to the violence that erupted last week at a solidarity rally Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera held in Mzuzu city implicated Mussa to have been the mastermind.
Recently, Nyasa Times revealed that ruling DPP recruited youths who will eliminate critics of President Peter Mutharika and his Vice Saulos Chilima, and the party
An impeccable source confided to Nyasa Times that the party appointed a notorious thug Dyton Mussa to be commandeering a reign of terror.
“They intend to use pepper sprays, pangas and drips-yes the same drips, they will be literally poisoning people. Their team would do exactly what they did to Robert Chasowa and even Issa Njaunju of ACB,” explained the source.
Northern Region police spokesman Maurice Chapola could not deny that the suspects had mentioned Mussa but demanded to know the person who revealed.
However, government officials are said to have ordered Police to release the suspects and told them to “shut up” to get state protection.
Police spokesman Nicholas Gondwa said DPP did not have a hand in the violence in Mzuzu but the Peoples Party which was involved in the fracas.
The statement by Gondwa come amid calls for the police to arrest former PP member Christopher Mzomera Ngwira whom people accuse of being sponsored by the DPP to disrupt the rally.
“The DPP was not involved in this. According to the arrests we have made, it is the PP divisions that is the cause of that,” said Gondwa.
Five suspected arrested involved with the violence are: Thembisire Nkosi, 32 from Nkosi village, Traditional Authority Nthwalo in Mzimba; George Mwamtobe, 38, from Mwangukulu Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kilipula in Karonga; Lumbani Munthali, 29, from Matupi Village, T/A Chikulamayembe, Rumphi; Clive Nthakomwa, 52, of Malema Village, T/A Kyungu in Karonga; and, Frank Simwaka Kashololo, 30, from Kashololo Village, T/A Mwenewenya in Chitipa.
Gondwa said the arrested suspects were released on Sunday March 27 and denied this was due to political pressure taking into account it was a holiday Easter Sunday.
“We gave them the police bail at the expiry of the 48 hour rule. We did not want to keep them in custody for long because the next day was holiday,” he said.
Gondwa said the suspects, one of them a former PP official (Nthakomwa), are expected to appear in court on April 15.
Minister of Information Jappie Mhango is suing PP vice president Kamlepo Kalua for K100 million for suggesting Mhango was behind the Mzuzu rally fracas.
The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), a social development arm of the influential Catholic church has expressed concern that Police can be politically “compromised”.
CCJP acting national secretary Martin Chiphwanya said Malawians deserve “an honest and truthful police service” since it is run on tax-payers money.
Police have been a letdown to the tax-payers for their inaction during the day of the violence and behaved unprofessionally throughout the development on the matter.
Dyton Mussa however said the task for DPP youth is to promote three pillars touted by President Mutharika which are “patriotism, hard work and integrity.”
And he said the DPP youth zealots, called Cadets, want to “bring discipline” to Malawi.
Mussa said it is normal in Malawi to have party youth defending their leader, citing the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) of late dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda (1964-1994) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) of former President Bakili Muluzi (1994-2004) which protected their presidents.
Kamuzu’s notorious Young Leaguers and Young Pioneers and Muluzi’s Young Democrats terrorised Malawians during their era. They could beat up any critic of Banda and Muluzi, be they opposition, civil society and religious leaders or journalists, in full view of the police who did nothing.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :