Analysts fault DPP for using Police to harass opposition parties

Political analysts say the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is using archaic and outdated tactics of using state resources to harass and intimidate the opposition ahead of the May 2019 elections.

Riot police  were deployed

This follows the decision by police to bar United Transformation Movement (UTM) supporters from entering Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on Sunday to welcome their leader, vice president Saulos Chilima who was coming from UK.

There was high presence of police in riot gear and armoured vehicles.

Secretary General of UTM Patricia Kaliati described the high presence of the police as abuse of power and authority.

Gift Sambo, one of the country’s political commentators said the tactic of using the police to harass and intimidate the opposition is archaic and outdated.

“As the elections come closer, we will see much of this but surely, this is an outdated tactic,” he said.

Joseph Chunga, another political commentator said this tactic is not compatible in modern politics.

“This idea of restricting political space for the opposition is not new, it is very archaic. The DPP should not be employing this as a political tactic. This shows that the DPP fears the UTM,” he said.

But police spokesperson James Kadadzera refused to comment on the matter, saying airport police had not briefed him yet

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Stanley Mdala
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Stanley Mdala

The government and political operators know that their time is up. Let all rise up and get rid of this hopeless government. Also the police chief is taking sides. Let them know what will happen to the two top police chiefs is that they will both go with this corrupt government.

Achiswe
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Were riot police deployed when the President returned from USA? This tactic seems to imply that the DPP is determined to win the election next May by fair means and/or foul.

Noxy
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Chilima is still the vice president so he is not in opposition until he officially resign as VP.

JKF
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JKF

Hahaha political analysts? Gift “Sambo” and Joseph “Chunga”? I didn’t waste time reading kikiki. I just went straight to the surnames of the so called wise political analysts and boom! There you are hahaha.

Ntumbuka Weni Weni-Wapachitimba
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That’s why I and my family will not vote for DPP

matela
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matela

boma la utm 21 may 2018

Bibo
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Kkkkkkk ulamulilo wa Jose mukulu wa police ndimbili yake yakha ija. Ulamulilo wake wakhaza ndiwo a Malawi amawuziwa

Phudzi
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Phudzi

My eyes and ears are deceiving me, Kaliati anganene kuti abuse of power? Mwadziwa liti zimenezi? Ndimmeme anzanu ankamvera namu muli kolamula inu mukama gwiritsa a polisi!!

Adansonia
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Adansonia

There is a commander in chief of armed forces and certainly, Kaliati has never been one. The fact that someone is a member of DPP does not mean he/she ascribes to everything the party does. The blame should go to that in-charge. Police IG, Minister of Defence, and the Commander-in-Chief. You can not blame others.

pathfinder
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pathfinder

Thank you Adansonia please help me to open these idols eyes please. Owen Khamula, chirichonse and mbuzi zonse mwakomenta mwauchitsiru apa, DPP this DPP that, what had DPP done to you?

MBUMBA
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Kamuzu Banda anthu atavomereza ulamuliro wa zipani zambiri aliyonse anayamba kupanga misonkhano mwa ufulu izi zinali chonchi ngakhale kunali MYP ndi a Youth .Bravo MCP for that tolerance So here we can say that DPP is worse than MCP then How can we Progress with Democracy with this or the DPP has a different meaning ?

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