Catholic Commission blames Malawi president  for escalating political violence 

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has blamed President Peter Mutharika for lacking national political leadership to deal with the escalating post-election political violence which has so far claimed one life, left dozens injured and property damaged.

DPP cadres throwing stones to the protestors

“The office of the president, which is the appointing authority of the Malawi Police Services leadership and that of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), is very key to the peace and tranquility of our nation,” says the CCJP.

The CCJP says the governing party should be seen to embrace dialogue and shed off executive arrogance.

CCJP national coordinator Boniface Chibwana says in a statement seen by Nyasa Times that the government of Malawi has blatant disregard for fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the Republican Constitution and numerous international human rights instruments.

“Squeezing the civic space for human rights defenders and muzzling the voice of citizens in their bid to seek justice runs counter to democratic tenets,” says Chibwana.

Chibwana says this just a day after rights activist Billy Mayaya and four other anti-Jane Ansah protesters were critically injured in Blantyre after they were hacked by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets.

The CCJP says the violent acts happen in the presence of personnel from legally constituted security bodies as if there is a silent approval of such acts, saying a situation which has potential to encourage impunity and throw Malawi into a lawless and ungovernable society.

The Catholic church body says state machinations and schemes orchestrated by the police, local council officials and the office of the attorney general in deliberately thwarting demonstrations is retrogressive.

The CCJP says the office of the Inspector General of Police has proved to be much compromised politically and professionalism of the police in the observation of human rights during demonstrations is wanting.

CCJP has since requested the Malawi Human Rights Commission to investigate all alleged human rights abuses perpetrated by the police, MDF soldiers, DPP cadets and others during the protests.

The Catholic body has also told the ruling DPP to discipline the cadets and its supporters who perpetrate violence during the protests.

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Chilima is a catholic, all bishops has failed to talk to Chilima as their member to help him come back God other than working with evil Mtambo.

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

Malawians,to avoid bloodbath,get rid of Mathanyula who has no love for the people of Malawi.Right now the fool is busy filling his bank-accounts with peoples’finances and he does not care whatever follows.Muthalika has become notoriously money- monger and only an AK-RIffle can topple this fool.

Lego
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Now you have come out to your senses Winston.I was wondering how can this man support such a fool APM who does not care about the Malawians.He knew he lost elections but he is trying by all means to cling to power hence he is claiming to be a professor of law.

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

All for the fear of a woman called Jane Ansah on whose shoulders Peter stands

namatetule
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WhY was this Catholic body silent when HRDC and opposition was beating up people including army, police ? Looting innocent people mrchandise and burning roads? Catholic body, why come out now when this has been happening ubnder your nose for ages?ARENT YOU ASHAMED, give ur gathering another name as it does not befit a religious name. YOU SUCK!

hewe
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Akatolika siyaniko ndale larikirani mau a Mulungu basi

Jochi
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Jochi

Ngati ndale nza ma satanic , mpake DPP governance zikuwakhala kuba kupha ndi kuonanga dziko. Ngati a katolika amalalikila Ku mtundu wa anthu okonda dziko komanso Mtendere asalekelele ndale zoononga za dpp ziononge dziko LA Malawi. Ufulu umene dziko LA Malawi linamenyera wa multiparty mu 1993 siumeneu wa DPP governance lero. Mulungu akuona zonsezi.

yona gama
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yona gama

Time will come DPP will cry for ever and ever

Jonasi Mwachande
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Jonasi Mwachande

Koma mwaiwala mmene mwawachitira anzanu msabata zinayi zapitazi. Inonso ndinthawi kuti mudziwe kuipa kwa mtudzu wanuwo.

Jochi
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Jochi

Kukhala kuphana tiyeninazo pali gule APA Kkkkkkk

Lego
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The Catholic church has come into their senses now after long time siding with this stupid DPP Government

Tuvitwana
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Tuvitwana

THE DULLEST N OLDEST SERVING PRESIDENT!

Thyolo Thava Boy
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Bravo CCJP for this communication.

Chigadula Rabson
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Chigadula Rabson

When this ‘smart’ DPP president made hasty re-shuffles and ‘promotions’ and re-deployments in the countries security organs like the MDF and MPS, I remember posting a comment on the social media that the president would sooner or later be unleashing state sponsored terror upon dissenting voices and he has done just that. The freshly appointed heads of certain departments in the national security agencies as well as in other government departments are being ‘privately’ handsomely rewarded for their relentless and blind support for this DPP leadership that will be long remembered for the ‘path’ of petrol bombs and ‘knives’ and… Read more »

Revolutionary
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Rabson you are a moron how much mayhem has HRDC caused on innocent people and businesses for you to cry foul over a defensive act by the DPP cadets? You are a son of a bitch

Mphangala
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Mphangala

So HRDC provides security now? Ur moronic idea cadet Revolutionay.