Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party has flatly denied that the government has a ‘hit list’ of its critics, describing the allegations as baseless.
The social media is awash of names of prominent people alleged to have been earmarked by the government to be silenced with attacks in various forms.
The list includes Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera who is also Leader of Opposition, vocal Peoples Party vice president Kamlepo Kalua, Chancellor College political scientist Blessings Chinsinga, renowned economist Henry Kachaje among others.
President of New Labour Party Sam Mpasu said it was surprising that the Peter Mutharika administration does not want criticisms in multiparty democracy.
“When people are criticising you, they are helping you. After all multiparty democracy means freedom to criticise those in power to make them accountable to people,” said Mpasu.
However, DPP spokesman Francis Kasaira said the opposition and the commentators just fearing their own shadows, claiming no one is threatening or intimidating them.
“There is no proof, this is baseless. This is a tactic to force Malawians think these people are relevant to Malawi, they are irrelevant. No one is following them,” said Kasaira.
He said these people want to be seen to be relevant to Malawi by creating stories that people should think the government is after them.
But DPP has a history of abductions and killings.
The Mutharika administration is now becoming more dictatorial for employing tactics to silence critics as evidenced by the arrest of MCP publicist Jessie Kabwila, Peter Chakwantha and Ulemu Msungama on sedition charges following a Whatsapp chat box.
The police also continue to use archaic laws to arrest ordinary Malawians in public places who criticise Mutharika as was the case with two men in Lilongwe and Mangochi who were locked up for allegedly insulting the president.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :