CSOs wary of clashes with DPP cadets during demo: Police assures security

Malawi police has  said they will provide security and protect people to avert potential clashes with governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadets are holding  parades at the same time civil society organisations (CSOs) are set to hold  demonstrations on Thursday to protest the results  of the May 21  2019 Tripartite Elections.

DPP set to hold what they call ‘Victory Parade’ on Thursday in Blantyre as CSOs will be holding demo

DPP has been granted permission by Blantyre City Council to hold what its regional governor Charles Mchacha dubbed ‘ Victory Parades’ on the same day  the  CSOs under the  Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)  have planned to hold their  protests. HRDC have had their permission in Blantyre rejected.

However, in the capital city Lilongwe HRDC has informed the authorities its plans to hold the demonstration which have an endorsement from opposition parties and quasi-religious organisation Public Affairs Committee (PAC).

HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo, who is among the lead organisers, warned that they will not tolerate any “enemy of progress to come in with their confusions” on Thursday.

Mtambo said the DPP have organised their parade as a deliberate measure to provoke the people protesting against election results.

He said they will not allow DPP cadets “to propagate their strange and violent culture in Malawi.”

But National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said the law enforcers will provide security to all marchers “regardless of political affiliations.”

He urged the protestors to operate within the law.

The DPP has long opposed protests, with its cadets on the eve of the July 20 2011 nationwide anti-government demonstrations driving around in Blantyre wielding pangas and threatening all those that wanted to take part in the protests.

On April 26 2018, DPP cadets also paraded in Blantyre, inconveniencing motorists and pedestrians alike along the way.

Blantyre City Council public relations manager Anthony Kasunda said President Peter Mutharika’s party was the first to ask for the permission on June 4 2019 and his office could, therefore, not grant the same to latecomers HRDC whose notification came on June 10.

HRDC vice-chairperson Gift Trapence said among the issues to be raised in the Thursday demonstration  is calling for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah.

The CSOs argue that Ansah and her commissioners failed to manage the May 21 Tripartite Elections which were marred by irregularities, including the use of Tippex to alter some results sheets.

Voting in the tripartite elections took place on May 21 in 5 002 polling stations nationwide and DPP President Peter Mutharika was declared a winner seven days after the voting, securing his second five-year term.

The results have, however, been challenged by Mutharika’s main contenders, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party, who have called for the nullification of the presidential poll, arguing some anomalies were overlooked.

The two parties have both filed their cases at the High Court in Lilongwe whose hearing starts on Wednesday.

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Who are the Bosses at Blantyre city Council? What’s the motive behind this? Were theey not aware of the Demos?

This Country needs cleaning up.

Blantyre City Councils Bosses needs to be investigated.

The Patriot
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The Patriot

No need to worry, DPP got 38% of the National vote while the opposition got 62%. Game on!!!

THE APOSTLE
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Its quite unfortunate looking at how defensive DPP is, They will throw anything at their disposal to sabotage our hard earned democracy.

Malawians, we have a voice and statement of the Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa. He said Courts must advocate for justice for the Citizenry and we hope Our Democracy will be protected from the hands of these hooligans looting Our monies every day.

Look at the number of companies closing because of corruption and nepotism Malawians what signs do you want to see that that Malawi has collapsed

Darwi
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Darwi

Ziliko mawari Ku Court ..do not toralet no sense

Angoni apaphata
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Angoni apaphata

Dpp… Why? Mukutionongera dzikotu inu. Honestly speaking i think mukanapitiliza mmene anayambira bingu minus anger mukanawina with 90 percent. Tadziupezani mtima. Chikhalidwe ndi chifunika. Kodi nkhani ya tippex iyi inu simukuonapo cholakwika?

Goliati
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Goliati

Lets crash with them. They only represent 32% compared with those that are with CSOs.

Tuvitwana
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Tuvitwana

WAR WOULD BE THE BEST, THEN A REVOLUTION! LET THE CADETS COME,, IT’LL BE GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY!

Dr Clement Mwale
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Dr Clement Mwale

Who is violent mcp and the so called csos utm and DPP May be u don’t know that of late mcp utm and csos have turned into violent since the elections you are the enemy of progress

Phingo Walusa
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Phingo Walusa

Seriously fellow countrymen, who can isolated even a single personality with any integrity from the dpp? Looks like we needed to shed blood to have our freedom and these thugs have always been ready to and have been killing Malawians. Chimuntharika chawocho dwiiii….. accepting this and then ciziti “am the president…” kumaliseche kwake!

Lucia Banda
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Lucia Banda

This is deliberate to provoke Malawians, you can not trust DPP hooligans cadets, you can not trust the corrupt police of Malawi who are on DPP side. They are deliberately provoking, we need to ask Malawian Defense Force to assure security. We are tired of this illegitimate Mutharika and his crooks who finished our country. O GOD bless our land of Malawi. keep it a land of peace. Put down each and every enemy and this illegitimate DPP government.