Activists condemn DPP attack on post-election protesters: ‘Malawi sliding into dangerous spiral of impunity’

Several human rights activist and commentators on Wednesday warned authorities against letting the country degenerate into a state of lawlessness after  members of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth wing—commonly referred to as cadets— attacked  Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) official Billy Mayaya and others who were injured.

Billy Mayaya on a hospital bed at QECH after the attack
DPP supporters marching from Comesa Hall heading towards Blantyre CBD after Police dispersed HRDC demonstrators.

Governance expert Makhumbo Munthali, rights activist Charles Kajoloweka and legal expert Ralph Kasambara went on chorus in their social media posts to condemns  the savage attacks.

“Saying it without fear or favour, the disruption to the HRDC demos and an assualt on human rights defender Billy Mayaya by the ruling party DPP Cadets was clearly systematic and organised by those in high echelons of the DPP in the Southern Region,” Munthali said.

He argued that there was a “political endorsement” to the “barbaric” from what he called enemies of  democracy.

DPP operatives were captured in video clips  when they  attacked protesters  who were passing by Trade Fair Grounds in the city where Agriculture Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa was opening the National Agriculture Fair.

The protesters were on their way to Mounth Soche Hotel where the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) was hosting an annual conference of the electoral commissions in Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries and they were going to present a petition to demand MEC  Chairperson, Jane Ansah, to step down.

DPP supporters blocked the road and the two sides started pelting stones to each other before the Cadets armed with sharp objects and pangas attacked the protesters injuring many including renowned human rights activist, Mayaya who has been severely hacked on the head.

Mayaya was rushed to Queen Elizabeth’s Central Hospital in Blantyre and later he later posted a picture on his Facebook account  with a caption; “after being attacked by stones and an iron bar”.

Youth and Society (YAS) executive director Charles Kajoloweka   observed that  Malawi;s democracy is under threat with political violence supported by the regim.

“We have a government which long decided it is there to serve and protect its few,” said Kajoloweka.

He said hiring thugs to attack people exercising their democratic right is no peace.

“For months now, Malawi is sliding into a dangerous spiral of violence and impunity with attacks on opposition voices taking place daily.  If we indeed claim to be as democratic as we say, reprisals against those holding dissenting views against the government should not be tolerated. The Police and all authorities should meet their human rights obligations,” Kajoloweka said.

In his pots, legal expert and former Attorney General Ralph Kasambara wrote that the “unthinkable happened” when DPP cadets were pelting the Malawi Judiciary  headquarters during their barbaric acts.

“The fountain of Justice has been desecrated.What does that mean? They’ve no respect for the Judiciary?

“Several judicial officers were denied entry into the Courts building at Chichiri,” wrote Kasambara a senior  counsel.

“I had a 10:00am court appearance. To avoid the cadets I decided to park my car at ShopRite and asked the driver to immediately drive away. Whilst walking to the Courts building the cadets started pelting at any car and pedestrian walking past old Stagecoach Buildings.

“Fortunately I saw a judicial officer frantically reversing. I unceremoniously jumped into it and apologized later for being an intruder or as it were unauthorized passenger. The officer simply laughed it off seeing the tense situation on the ground.

That is how I missed an important court appointment today. Courtesy of our zealous DPP cadets,” he wrote.

The HRDC and the opposition in Malawi have been holding demonstrations to force the MEC chairperson to resign for allegedly mismanaging the May 21 presidential election that saw president Peter Mutharika win.

Meanwhile, the opposition parties are contesting the May 21 presidential results in court and they are pushing for nullification of the results and that a rerun of the elections should be conducted.

President Mutharika recently told BBC that he could not fire Ansah on the given grounds and Ansah, too, told the local media that she would not resign “because the matter is in court.”

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winston msowoya
winston msowoya
2 years ago

Muthalika stop the mayhem have you decided to join the former MCP. Killers? This is what Professors are being trained to follow? No Muthalika,you are a shaming Malawians and Africa as a whole.How would Malawians differentiate between you and Iddi Amini Dada?Apart from that,you are in the books of the most corrupt leaders in Africa.Malawians,you have seen now the results of welcoming Jim and jack in your country?

Gonapamuhanya
Gonapamuhanya
2 years ago

These so called activist a headless butch of shit dancing to the tune of their masters. How many times has the demonstrations destroyed pple’s properties and even injuring pple. Did they raised all these condemnations. Ras Chikomeni’s house was burnt, did they made all these noise, the female Police officer who stripped naked, did they condemned in any way. Even when Chiume was claiming damage for her property these activitists had the temerity to mock her as though she deserved whatever ordeal she went through. Mwachidule, we are tired of these demoz. Mtambo and Trappence are too arrogant to listen… Read more »

mpilu
mpilu
2 years ago

paja warships anagula kale. amadziw a pitala kuti zinthu sizikhala bwino kuphonyetsa anacitaku.
kutionela mmadzi a mw.

Joloza
2 years ago

HRDC organised demos have lost credibility. They can’t yield anything at this point in town. The organisers must be ashamed of themselves. As for Kasambara, he is another thug. He is not better than the so called DPP thugs. If I were him I would have just kept quite knowing that he had blood in his answer. No same Malawi can listen to him.

Mbwiye
Mbwiye
2 years ago

Kodi mademo ndi hrdc okha basi? No. Ndiposo achita bwino enawoso azibweza because aliso ndi mavuto awo. Hrdc imachita za dpp ndiposo dpp ili ndi anthu ndiye anthuwo akwiya.

Iantana
Iantana
2 years ago

Penapake ma Rights Activists ndinu osamva, all Demostrations mumalandira intel kuti muli DDP thugs coz sionse ma cadet amene angapange zaganyavu some of them are smart. Yesterdays demos, you could have just gone straight and give your petition or write the SADC people koma inu mwati ayi tiaonetse ..ndi izi akuonetsani! This is not America or Europe our Democracy is still young

Mazgu
Mazgu
2 years ago

Very disgraced and bias experts. A makhumbo Munthali always agrees with the opposition narrative, kasambara is murder convict, kajoloweka kkkkkkkkk I can laugh. Nanu a nyasa times why do you always rush for these disgraced expert opinions?

Akakhala Billy mayaya now he’s living proof that govt hospitals do have drugs after all. Therefore boma can proceed to build ma stadium a wanthu.

Central
Central
2 years ago
Reply to  Mazgu

Its always shallow reasoning from your grouping!! From head to tail everybody is too empty like this………………………..!! I for one understand your group, the key reason is that many including the leaders in dpp were not in Malawi from 1992 to 1994 and don’t know the reasons why Malawians told Kamuzu, “out with your one party regime…………….. and voted multiparty…………………………….! Ingobwelerani kunja komwe munali mukutionongela dziko with your intoleranceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

THE BEAST FROM THE EAST
THE BEAST FROM THE EAST
2 years ago

Wina akamabwera komwe ariko ndi aka sinja ake ngati general Aidi Mini kuti akupita ku war zone kkkkkk

Mulopwana
Mulopwana
2 years ago

You the Civil Society organizations why did you not condemn the violence done on our MDF soldiers in Karonga? Why did you not condemn the beating of Malawi Police staff ? Is it painful to be attacked? Billy Mayaya wopunduka mwendo iwe umatani pa gulu li? You could not manage to run away because of your leg. Look all your friends ran away and left you alone .Manganya, Kalindo, Ngumuya, Kunkuyu, Sembereka all sought refuge in the Baracks. Next time do not do it again because they will hack you more. I like this scenario because your demos are affecting… Read more »

Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo
2 years ago

DPP must have borrowed a leaf or two from the brutal Hutu regime in Rwanda. In Rwanda they started arming the youth militia, the Interahamwe with guns and matchetes. Then they systematically purged the army and the Police of the Tutsis and other undesirable elements replacing them with Hutus before they unleashed the terror that was to be known as the Rwandan Genocide. Is it only me that is seeing striking similarities with the DPP regime in Malawi? The DPP is replacing the Police and other important institutions with Lhomwes and party die hards. The acting Inspector General of Police… Read more »

New Person
New Person
2 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Hebdo

Walemba zambiri koma Mtambo, Trapence, Chilima ndi Chakwela ukuona ngati zimene akupanga ndi zabwino? Foolish comment!!! If demos were not there could we not have peace and avoid loss of lives and property?. Enanu mumangolemba ma comments koma osapita ku mademoko mungonamiza anzanu.

Liberator
Liberator
2 years ago
Reply to  New Person

Pathetic empty head. Very blind to reality. Can’t you see you are being used. The problem with people of your kind is that you are so willing to be used like tissues. Typical of an ass licker that you are. At the end of the day, ask yourself if you are better off by your blind support of your political masters. Go around all the country cities, make a survey of the themuthemus in our homes. Over 75% are from the Lhomwe belt. What do you think will happen to them should any strife happen in the country? The problem… Read more »

Central
Central
2 years ago
Reply to  Liberator

My dear dzianthuzi ndi zokanika mapeto………… kwao malo okhala anatha kalekale pano dziili balalabalala ku Central and northern regions!! Nde m’malo moti azikumbukila zimenezi ndipo kuti akhoza kunzunzitsa abale awo amenewa ayi ndithu iwo zimenezo sakuziona……………………. kalongonda ndi tchopa zinalowa mu bongo!!

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