CSOs differ on DPP persecution claims: Malawi Watch question police, YAS backs crackdown

Malawi Watch executive director Billy Banda, a human rights activist , has questioned the conduct by the law enforcing agencies   Malawi Police Services and the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB)  of persecuting the opposition while serving the interest of the state while  Youth and Society (YAS) says there long arm of the law should reach offenders.

Billy Banda: Questions police conduct
YAS Programme Manager Mwandida Theu: Rule of law

Banda during a news conference  noted that the police and the graft-busting body has of late shown interest in prosecuting cases that were committed during the immediate  past regime of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) just because it has lost power.

He  said the conduct  of Police and  ACB must not be condoned in any democracy as it is tantamount to selective justice.

“It’s very unfortunate, it was not expected that these two state organs would come out against the previous regime immediately after losing power.

“It is as if they are playing political witchunting to the previous regime while appeasing the new administration just to serve their jobs ,its very unfortunate,” said Banda.
Banda addressed a news conference  with other civil society organisation leaders organised in Blantyre on Sunday under the platform  of Civil Society Task Force led by the National Election System Trust (NEST) of Unandi Banda.

At  the briefing which activists  Philip Kamangira  as well as Unandi and also political analyst Ceaser Kondowe ,Trade Unionist Luther Mambala were in attendance , the police was also critised for showing no interest in persecuting some electoral violence  complaints by the DPP alleging  that  monitors for the party were bared in monitoring the elections  especially in the central region.

The comments follow the arrest of DPP regional governor for the Centre David Kambalame on Thursday, on alleged assault charges which came on the heels of the arrest of the party’s Bangwe Mthandizi Ward Councillor Isaac ‘Jomo’ Osman over allegations of theft and malicious damage.

The ACB has also moved  quickly in prosecuting the alleged judges bribery case in the then  election petition case by  business tycoon Thom Mpinganjira of FDH bank ,applying to the courts that the matter be moved from the magistrate court to the high court.

DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi, who was minister of Homeland Security in the Peter Mutharika administration, alleged that the State wants to use arreste to  silence the DPP, which is now an opposition party.

Dausi said he was aware that senior members and leaders of DPP are targeted for offences they did not commit, alleging that the Tonse Alliance, which took over power led by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM, was geared to arrest DPP members on tramped-up charges.

But  MCP spokesperson the Reverend Maurice Munthali said his party was aware of a DPP scheme to pre-empt obvious pending arrests of its members who plundered public funds and are now living in fear.

Youth and Society (YAS)  also said DPP members should face the law if they committed any crimes.

Programme Manager for YAS, Mwandida Theu aid Civil Society Organisations cannot condemn the arrests because it is possible that some DPP members committed crimes and were not prosecuted when the party was in government.

“Civil Society Organisations will make sure that we hold them (DPP members) accountable and they should face the law. That is what we want and we wouldn’t back them,” said Theu.

National police spokesperson James Kadadzera said they keep records and at an appropriate time, and after thorough investigations, arrests are made.

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Mulopwana
1 year ago

I beg to differ. How wil police and ACB work if effective only after loss of power. Should we say ordinary pple only shd be prosectuted only. Zovuta

Malawi belong to the citizens

Wonse akuba amangidwe basi and fast.Nanji kulibe konthawira all countries have coronavirus.A Billy Banda, human rights watch ya DPP, kupepera violence yonse ija ya DPP cadets simumayiona,Corruption, DPP was using the police officers to protect them and arresting opposition people.Anzawo has changed that to the benefit of malawians.Kodi amapha ma alubino athu ndi ndani,Kuba ndalama zaboma, police muli ndi ntchito mangani mbava zonse palibe zonyengererana apa.Arresting people as soon as possible is good.Tonse alliance you are too slow in arresting these mafias.

Timve Ziti
Timve Ziti
1 year ago

Should we now say you want to apply “POLITICAL OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE”
Let justice prevail. The guilty are afraid.

Lego
1 year ago

This is a way backward type thinking by some of the NGO’s.It does not matter whether you are in opposition or in ruling party as long as you committed a crime,let the law face you.We know all what happen on the past five years.DPP was shielding the criminals because they were part of it.Let them face the justice.

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
1 year ago

What about CASHGATE SCANDAL when are you going to arrest them also for they plundered taxpayers money in government. Have you with drown that case just because she is in the tonse alliance?

TooLegitToQuit
TooLegitToQuit
1 year ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

Go ask the DPP govt why it didn’t arrest the cash gate culprit. Ife tiyambila pa manyi adzulowa. Adakanunkhabe. Kkkk

Gee
Gee
1 year ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

Kuganiza mopusa iwe, iwo anawaletsa ndani kuti asafufuze za cashgate? Tiyeni nawoni osawasiya, Tonse Alliance government ikuneneratu siteteza munthu

Peloma Pepe
Peloma Pepe
1 year ago

So, they should not face the long arm of the law because they were in government? Backward thinking!!

Phwisa
Phwisa
1 year ago

Our police is incompetent and unprofessional. Should we wait for an MCP member who has committed a crime to be arrested in 2025 when we will have a new Govt. No. The new Govt should have taken the police to task for failure to work. Some staff in the police service are rotten and need uprotting.

Master
Master
1 year ago

Billy stupid Banda ulipo? Wayamba kubwebweta coz funding yayamba kuthawa eti, when we were fighting these thugs for messing up our country unali kutiko, sunati ulura I we just wait waiting for 5yrs on the page ufatu

Emmanuel malizani
Emmanuel malizani
1 year ago

Maula if guilty oba nkhuku aja atuluke…

Hate it or take it but it's a fact

Zimangeni zakuba zachina Dausi

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