Chilima accuses DPP of ‘rigging through terror and intimidation’

Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is torchbearer of UTM Party in the May 21 elections, has accused  the DPP–led government of perpetuating violence as another form of rigging the outcome of the polls but expressed confidence that even in the event of terror his party is ready to usher in the change Malawi needs.

Chilima: Violence and intimidation is a form of vote rigging….and is a tactic used by unpopular parties. The DPP is no exceptional

The UTM leader told a news conference broadcast live on Zodiak TV and Radion on Wednesday from Lilongwe that violence and intimidation is a form of vote rigging.

He said that is a tactic used by unpopular parties and that the DPP is no exception.

“My fellow Malawians, you must understand that violence and intimidation is a form of vote rigging. Violence and intimidation is used by unpopular politicians to stop others from effectively campaigning and canvassing for votes, thereby denying voters the choice they desperately need,” said Chilima.

“Violence and intimidation is used by undemocratic and unprogressive tribal parties to create a climate of fear for everyone because they know they cannot fairly compete and win and the DPP is no exception. Violence and intimidation is being used to stop people from organizing rallies or attending rallies,” he added.

Chilima continued: “ The idea is to depress the opposition vote. But they shall fail miserably. They shall fail miserably because good overcomes evil. They shall fail miserably because Malawians are made of sterner stuff!,” said Chilima.

The UTM leader said he held a news conference as he felt “morally compelled and politically responsible” to discuss events threatening the elections and attempts at circumventing the will of the people.”

Chilima  also condemned in particular, the undressing of UTM woman in Mangochi and the beating of  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporter Edward Govati in Blantyre.

“The sad case of Veronica Katanga, a member of The UTM, who was undressed by cowardly alleged DPP thugs is only a tip of the iceberg. We are talking about it because it was caught on camera. How about the so many powerless men, women, boys and girls that are beaten, harassed because they do not subscribe to the ideals of the ruling party? The case of Edward Govati, a MCP sympathizer who was brutally and savagely beaten by surrogates of the DPP is again only a tip of the iceberg,” said Chilima.

Malawi  will hold watershed  elections on May 21. The country has held competitive elections since 1993, when the repressive one-party regime of Hastings Kamuzu Banda, who ruled for three decades after independence, ended.

But analysts say the country is still mired in a cycle of personality-driven patronage politics that feeds graft.

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kazenje
3 years ago

mavotazi ife tili pheee. zitumbwani

Big P
3 years ago

DPP part of thug pls Malawian don’t vote for it

Tizanka
Tizanka
3 years ago

Such a wimp. Such a crybaby for commander in chief? Malawi ndimanyaka basi

B. Phiri
B. Phiri
3 years ago

My fellow DPP supporters lets refrain from violence. We shouldnt wait for people from other parties to tell us that violence is primitive and has no place in our democracy. Zina kumavomela.

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
3 years ago
Reply to  B. Phiri

Mr Phiri sir open your eyes. Anthuwa akuzipanga okha awa kufuna kunyansitsa dzina la DPP. Monga inu simunaone chithunzi cha winiko chija? Malaya magazi ponseponse koma pomwe pakutuluka magazi pathupi lakelo posaoneka, ndinso mutu omanga yet chomwe amangira mmutucho chopanda magazi yet amati wabvulazidwa kwambiri mmutu. Come next day, achotsa cha mmutu chija and again povulazidwapo posaoneka. Look this doesn’t need to take a genius to conclude that these UTM clowns are just a bunch of comedians.

Ndangodutsamo
Ndangodutsamo
3 years ago

Paja mumati mukufunatu kukhala torch bearer of these same people so somehow you are part of the problem. Bola azimayi and achina Chakwera engaged the IG. Iwe why not go engage the IG. I thought you say you signed a contract with the people of Malawi and you are still VP of Malawi. Go to area 30. You are there boss. Tell them to be professional. Ukumuwopa Dausi ukukayankhulira ku BICC. U r telling Peter he swore to protect the constitution. How about you.

Poverty die die
3 years ago
Reply to  Ndangodutsamo

Inunso apa mfundo mulibiletu ngati Peter muthalika. Kulikonse anakhalako. Ati kampeni anthu amukonde

Heavyduty
Heavyduty
3 years ago

So this is how you can waste peoples’ time by gathering jaunalists and tell them zoti tidamva kale. This is nonsense and bullshit eti. Ife timaona ngati you are coming to break certain news, koma ayi ndithu, za mkutu za zii.

Timpudza Mwansambo
Timpudza Mwansambo
3 years ago
Reply to  Heavyduty

Anakuwuza kuti iweyo ndi agogo akowo muziwonera press conference ya Chilima ndi nda?

Kwacha
3 years ago
Reply to  Heavyduty

Naweso youth league iwe, chani chasintha apa? IG wako uyu akuteteza ma criminals ma DPP Cadet kusiya kuteteza anthu opanda chifukwa. Koma wava uthenga womanga mutundu was Malawi

Kaka
Kaka
3 years ago

Pajja ndiww solo pankani yobela ndiye fatsa

Kaka
Kaka
3 years ago
Reply to  Kaka

Paja ndiwe dolo pankani yobela mavoti. Ndiye onsewo akulenga . uzangobela yako yija

Ndaonavino
Ndaonavino
3 years ago

Ndiye mukuti mukufuna u president nfundo zake zimene bwana Arafat? shaaa mwagenda katauluka basi or pension ya vice simuiona. Malizani kulandira zaulerezo

USA media house
USA media house
3 years ago

You have done it again! I’m very impressed with this young man, very Presidential, you are always rising above the pack. You are the only hope for Malawi for sure!

POOR MAN FEEL IT
3 years ago

ENA AMATI INU NDIAME MUNATHANDIZILA KUTI CHIPANI CHOMWE MUKUTI NDICHA NDEWU KUTI CHIWINE KAYA MUNATANI KAYA KOMA AKUTI ANTHU SAMAFUNA KAYA VUTO NDILANDANI KAYA MUTIUZA

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