Unbowed and unbroken, political activist Abida Mia who is wife to main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Vice President Sidik Mia on Friday stormed the streets of the commercial capital Blantyre barely a day police dispersed her and the MCP second-in-command with teargas.
During an interview with Nyasa Times on Saturday, Abida Mia, said she will not be intimidated to lead the campaign to have the rule of law in the country, “to have our rights and freedoms respected and, indeed, to have a country where our resources are applied for the benefit of all equitably.”
She said the police are being used by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to intimidate the opposition.
“But we are not afraid. We will continue to campaign for MCP to every person we can reach, every door and if it means us being killed for this, we are prepared to die but will not accept the narrowing of political space,” she said.
The vigilant political activist said MCP will remain peaceful but warned that only free and fair electoral competition will all be essential for averting unrest.
“As a Malawian there no need to fear anybody, I will continue going in the streets chatting with people, without fear,” she said after distributing MCP cloth and flags to minibuses and vendors in Blantyre.
Malawi police in on Thursday fired tear gas and shot bullets in the air to disperse scores of MCP supporters who had gathered at curios market (paziboliboli) to receive party cloth from Mia.
He said such brutal acts have spilled over tomembers of the media, the latest being journalists from Zodiak Broadcasting Station, who have been beaten up to the point of having their clothes torn apart by the men in uniform.