Chakwera meets IG over increasing political violence: ‘Malawi police inaction may spark civil unrest’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera on Monday met Malawi Police  Service (MPS) Inspector General Rodney Jose on Monday on the rising incidents of politically motivated acts of violence perpetrated by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ahead of the watershed May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Chakwera: Police boss should provide decisive leadership in addressing political violence
IG Jose: I am also concerned with cases of violence, and police are  dealing with the problem
One of the victim of the violence, MCP Supporter Edward Govati
One of the UTM members who was assaulted in Mangochi
UTM’s Bon Kalindo who was allegedly assaulted

DPP has since distanced itself from the cases of political violence with party spokesperson Nicholas Dausi stating that the perpetrators could be “people masquerading as DPP” supporters.

In a statement made available to Nyasa Times, Chakwera, who is also leader of opposition in Parliament, said he expressed to Jose the opposition concern whose members continue to be verbally and physically assaulted by the DPP youth cadets.

“I sought to impress upon the Inspector General the gravity of the situation and the urgent need for action through the deployment of law enforcement agents to restore the rule of law on the political landscape,” said Chakwera.

He said it is not that these acts of violence by DPP cadets have happened in secret to necessitate a long investigation before the perpetrators can be brought before justice.

“The ruling party’s culture of violence, which is a clear and present danger to both the public’s safety and its confidence in the police ability to guarantee the security and liberty on which the integrity of the democratic process of our elections is based, is now a matter of public and historic record,” said Chakwera.

The opposition leader disclosed that he told the IG that the DPP thugs have become so brazen and emboldened in their attacks that they do it all over the country, saying they do it on any opposition party; they do it without restraint and they do it with intent of inflicting maximum damage and instilling terror.

“At times, they have done it in full view of police officers and the state president and the state vice president, fully confident that they are above the law and immune from prosecution,” said the MCP leader.

This year alone, roughnecks suspected to be DPP youth cadets have assaulted UTM director of youth Bon Kalindo in Mulanje, harassed and forced UTM supporters—including a woman—to undress in Mangochi and beat up Malawi Congress Party (MCP) operative Edward Govati in Blantyre.

“It is ruling party cadets who have severely beaten up Mr. Govati of MCP at his home last night in Blantyre. It is ruling party cadets who stripped members of UTM in Mangochi. It is ruling party cadets who threatened me and my delegation with violence and barred us from attending the Chilembwe Memorial in Chiradzulu. It is ruling party cadets who disrupted a UTM meeting in Mulanje. It is ruling party cadets who disrupted the very house of parliament in Lilongwe,” said Chakwera.

The MCP leader said Jose has assured him that the police efforts are underway to decisively deal with the dangerous trends.

Chakwera then calls upon the opposition to refrain from retaliation, saying they should instead end the reign of terror with their vote at the ballot box.

The meeting of Chakwera and Jose comes after the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has demanded  the  Inspector General of police to resign for allegedly allowing partisan politics and tolerating political violence.

The HRDC letter accuses the police boss of failing to provide decisive leadership in addressing political violence that is becoming more pronounced as Malawi heads towards the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Signed by chairperson Timothy Mtambo and his deputy Gift Trapence, HRDC expressed dismay at how the MPS has taken a laissez faire approach in dealing with political violence, especially when the victims belong to opposition parties.

Jose also said it was wrong to claim that the police are doing nothing to deal with these cases.

He said: “When incidences of political violence happen, I get very concerned. But you and me, let’s also face facts and be very objective. Do you seriously think that making arrests will stop these things for good? There is a lot more that needs to be done.”

Towards the end of last year, MEC led by its chairperson Jane Ansah engaged political leaders—including Mutharika, Vice-President Saulos Chilima, MCP president Lazarus Chakwera, Joyce Banda of PP and Atupele Muluzi of United Democratic Front (UDF)—in face-to-face meetings to commit to an issue-based and violence-free election campaign to ensure a free, fair and credible election.

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Gulukunyinda
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Gulukunyinda

Dausi out! This guy is campaigning for MCP. This guy is Israel trained operative. For him is violenace. Remember how he delt with Masho.

mtete
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mtete

To those criticising Chakwera I say “Fotseke”. There is a limit to what you can discuss with a dunderhead and killer Jose who, incidentally, gets orders from sleepy Numbskull president. Remember, ” Don’t Argue With an Idiot Otherwise People will not Notice the Difference “

Ankolo
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Ankolo

Ndiye mwati a Jose anayankha kuti chani?

mtete
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mtete

“I know MCP inside out’, so says Dausi who was member of the dreaded and notorious MYP while he was in MCP. Is it any wonder that brutal acts perpetrated by the so-called DPP cadets have exponentially increased since Dausi became minister of inland security.

The most disappointing thing is APM condones these acts of violence. Remember the mayhem they caused while he was addressing Parliament last year.

Nkala bongo
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Nkala bongo

Police Yalephela Army igwile ntchito

Stanley Mdala
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Stanley Mdala

All party political leaders unrepresented in Parliament should hold a caucus to call for firing of Police Inspector General and his deputy and Home Affairs minister and his deputy because all these four are orchestration violence and doing nothing about it .If an IG of Police can not arrest DPP thugs who are clearly recorded in a video clip there is something wrong with the system.
Yet these inefficient and inefficient people responsible for the security of the state are getting paid by the taxpayer the local man’s and woman .Masewera!

Xrelo
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Xrelo

maliseche ndi chidzete sure

Mhango
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Mhango

And all this is happening.without any word from the so called president on the matter. One wonders what goes in Peters mind. This gazzete must really go. Akhoza kuphetsa anthu mdziko.

Shaft Sachapandimadzi
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Shaft Sachapandimadzi

Pastors with Human bones. Fake Man of God indeed. You had time to meet the IG bcz u r just power hungry. You met the IG and u had no audacity to discuss anything to do with the killing of our Dear brothers and sisters with Albinism. So to you their killing doesnt bother you at all as a Presidential Aspirant. Only this political violent has bothered you just bcz one of ur own MCP member has been attacked. Shame on you!!!

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

You don’t have a brother with albinism you idiot

Katakwe
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You were too soft with Jose Baba Chakwera and don’t expect any change. You needed to show him your front teeth to show that you are angry with the police.

Mirella K
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Mirella K

Chakwera, on the eyes of the police is just another Malawian. He needed not to shout at the Police. He neither owns it nor is its boss