CSOs censure DPP’s Mchacha over Sept 7 demo remarks: ‘We will not be intimidated, peaceful protests still on’

Civil society organisations (CSOs) planning the September 7 2018 nationwide demonstrations have faulted foul-mouthed governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor for the South, Charles Mchacha for using intimidation tactics on the scheduled   anti-government protests.

Trapence and Mtambo: The voice of reason from CSOs

The CSOs have organised the protests were among the issues to be raised is government’s failure to address worsening corruption in the country.

Bangwe Township in Blantyre on Sunday televised on privately owned Times television for the first time, Mchacha challenged the CSOs that the demonstrations will not take place.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Timothy Mtambo and his deputy Gift Trapence said no amount of threats or intimidation will weaken or stop them from exercising their rights.

“He [Mchacha] doesn’t own Malawi. This is a constitutional right for Malawians and no one can deny Malawians a to exercise that right,” said Trapence

He added: “Malawians have the right to demonstrate anywhere in Malawi.”

Also adding his voice, the governance expert and human right activist Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times that the DPP regional governor went overboard in his anti-democracy remarks.

“While it is a fact that the DPP may not agree with all the issues necessitating the demos, it is imperative for the DPP regional governor to be aware that right to peaceful demonstrations and freedom of Assembly are guaranteed by the Constitution, and that such rights can be exercised by the citizens freely even if the government of the day is not in agreement with the reasons behind such demos

“It would therefore be unconstitutional for the DPP regional governor to block such demos,” said Munthali.

Munthali said the failure of the DPP top leadership to discipline Mchacha despite his previous abusive outbursts against legislator Patricia Kaliati as well as his mobilisation of DPP cadets on the eve of 27 April demos in Blantyre to threaten citizens not to attend CSOs demos the following day, are clear reasons why the DPP regional governor has been behaving as someone above the Law.

Likewise, the Police had been an accomplice in all this by being quiet, he pointed out,

“Consequently, Mchacha has been the epitome of DPP impunity in recent past. It’s high time the government and Malawi Police strongly condemned Mchacha’s threats as they have the potential to incite violence especially as we approach the elections in 2019,” said Munthali.

The quasi-religious group Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) have endorsed anti-government protests set for September 7 2018.

In a communiqué signed by the body’ chairperson and spokesman Reverend Felix Chingota and Fr Peter Mulomole, PAC it supports the view to hold “peaceful demonstrations” when all local remedies to influence change have been exhausted.

The governance watchdog said should the nationwide demonstrations proceed as planned, Malawians should “exercise their rights [to demonstrate] peacefully.”

On their part, MCP has said it is encouraging its supporters to take back in the anti-government protests.

MCP secretary general Elsenhower Mkaka said the CSOs issues are “genuine”.

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Jamax
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Jamax

I think Timothy and his friends are the only FOOLS here, they think we are still FOOLS who can be working on their behalf, the donors money which has been given to them for the demonstrations is in their bank accounts now. Now they are asking the poor Malawian to go to the streets and demonstrate instead of letting them do their normal businesses which can earn them something. Surely these are Evil minded people,,,,,,,,,,,,,what do you think people reap from such demos????? please leave the people of Malawi to decide the same on the ballot paper other then being… Read more »

mtete
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mtete

Can anyone, Including level headed DPP members, please tell me why Mchacha, and by extension, DPP, is so jittery about demonstrations which are merely a means by which the masses express dissatisfaction?

Chriss
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Chriss

Mchacha amandiwaza , kodi school yake ndiyotani

Fam
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Fam

Hahaha inu paja ku sukulu munapita eti? Anyani kusekana zikundu lol

Hard Truth
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Hard Truth

I have read this article more than twice. I wanted to see the reason why Mchacha is called a foul-mouthed governor in regard to what he said at Bangwe rally. The only thing I got in the article and I quote “Mchacha challenged the CSOs that the demonstrations will not take place.” So, is this the reason why Mchacha is called foul-mouthed? Seriously Mr. Propaganda? Is it surprising that the Mtembo and Trumps see a necessity for these demonstrations and Mchacha doesn’t see it? And is it right for me to call Mtembo and Trumps foul-mouthed just because they are… Read more »

Tread carefully my brother Mchacha
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Tread carefully my brother Mchacha

Mchacha thinks DPP is haven. He will see one time. The clock is ticking. My brother you will end like curtans. Please tread carefully, agogo amene mukuwasapotawo sakhala presdient paka zaka 20. Wakunsina Khutu ndi mnasi

James
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James

Mchacha ndine brother wako ine kwathu pa 50 as we going to Thekerani. Please be sensitive when presenting yourself zinthu zimasinta mwana wakwathu. You are still young akuluakulu awa azatisiya. Ndangodutsamo ine .

LEGO
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Well noted advise,kunja kuyanja lichero….

Maunits
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Maunits

DPP yatha basi akapume bwino ndithu.

pathfinder
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pathfinder

maunits siyani kuzichinda ndi chala, monse munayambila comment yanu imangokhala DPP yatha kodi kuthako mukukuona ndi inu? Chilima atayambitsa movement yake yomwe ndikuti ndi nthambi ya mpingo wa katolika, mumatinso DPP yatha chifukwa anthu ambiri ku DPP amutsatira. ndiye ndimati ndikufunseni, ndi anthu angati achoka ku DPP kumutsatira kupatula aja ombwambwana anzake anayamba nawo movement aja. Actually anthu ambiri akuchoka ku MCP osati DPP choncho yankhulani kuti MCP yatha.

JKF
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JKF

@Pathfinder
Hahahaha tell him……….everyday “DPP yatha, DPP yatha” kwenikweni yizatha liti DPP yi? I love DPP.

SONG OF THE DRUNKARD
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SONG OF THE DRUNKARD

COLONIALISM –KAMUZU ISM -MULUZIISM –BINGUISM DAYS ARE GONE –WHERE PEOPLE USED TO WORSHIP THEM AS gods AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR TAXES MONEY !!

bandawe
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bandawe

wishingful thinking. let us wait and see

chimanga Chaponda
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Do you think the DPP Police Service can control Mchacha?

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