DPP and MCP supporters clash in Nsanje: Violence sparks fears ahead of Malawi elections

A battalion of youths believed to be Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets on Wednesday sprung on some Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters leaving two wounded ahead of next week’s Tripartite Elections.

DPP supporter who was removed the MCP flags was also attacked
MCP supporter attacked by DPP cadets
One of the attacked boys

The DPP cadets are said to have been lurking in waiting for MCP supporters while armed with stones and sticks, an eye witness, Ishmael Ndomondo, told Nyasa Times.

“The MCP supporters were attacked at Kachere along the main road to Nsanje as the DPP cadets threw stones at them,” said Ndomondo.

According to Ndomondo, the MCP supporters were on their way to whistle stop tours organised by the party’s deputy president, Sidik Mia.

The wounded, Nyasa Times learnt, are Ganizani Malekeza from Chikunkhu Village and Mercy Mpomba from Kachere Village, both from Senior Chief Tengani in the district.

Political related violence perpetrated by DPP cadets has been a regular occurence in Nsanje, and especially in Nsanje Central Constituency.

A published  study on electoral conflict and violence in the country has explicitly mentioned DPP as the perpetrator of electoral violence.

The report, which was undertaken by Henry Chingaipe, Horace Chingaipe and Joseph Thombozi, and  commissioned by Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) with funding from Misereor, said violence was on the increase because DPP was orchestrating the acts.

The researchers note in the report that there is “a high sense of impunity” among youth cadets, especially those from the governing parties which puts them “above the law”.

But DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi said the study findings are untrue and a misrepresentation of the situation on the ground.

Dausi said DPP have been stoned before, but the media did not carry that story.

But governance commentator Rafiq Hajat said the DPP was living in denial by denying its alleged involvement in violence.

Mzuzu-based political commentator Emily Mkamanga said despite the DPP dismissing the findings, the reality on the ground is that the party in power is orchestrating violence.

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Naphuma
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Naphuma

muferepo za eni, zisiyeni izi…….

jogoda
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jogoda

zoona.

Malemu Pulofesa Kuba K145 mita
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Please northerners don’t give dpp votes. Don’t give Malemu Pulofesa votes. Please central region don’t give Malemu Pulofesa votes. Please Lower Shire don’t give Malemu Pulofesa votes. Please eastern region don’t give Malemu Pulofesa votes. Please Shire High Lands don’t give Malemu Pulofesa votes. He has proven to be a thug or gang leader. He must be answerable to all this. He joins Bakili Muluzi as a thug.

Truth Pains
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Mfera za ziiii, zisiyeni izi zomayenda m’misewu muli muma T-shirt azipani.

Just wait for polling day to exercise your right.

tuntufye
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tuntufye

nanunso mukamenyana nde mupindula chani? kupepera basi. tamangopangani kampeni mwamtendere

Chakaziya
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Chakaziya

This is so unnecessary. Not worth it. why injure each other when politicians are enjoying a cup of tea together? We are all Malawians……no need for violence. God bless Malawi.

Mangochi kabwafu
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Mangochi kabwafu

DINDERHEADS.

pheza
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pheza

Very bad we are all malawian dont fight me l will fight on 21 may with my vote

Malemu Pulofesa Kuba K145 mita
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Kamuzu Banda thought ahead of us. That’s why he remains great. He said Malawians were not ready for democracy and he saw that we were still stupid people. What is the point of people who wanted democracy to fight. What the point of pulling down flags of opposition parties? What is the point of pulling down billboards of Chakwera and Chilima? Doesn’t malemu know this? Was Malemu Pulofesa Arthur really in America teaching human beings? I think he was a boxing trainer or a guerilla warfare trainer. The language he uses of kunyenyanyenya is not democratic. He is an educated… Read more »

The Patriot
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The Patriot

Just take note of these mischievous and unruly cadets. Tipanga za iwowo next week MCP ikalowa m’boma! Kudzakhala ku manga onse a ziwawa ndi amene akhala aku tumbwa zaka 5 zapitazi!! Gule kwao, MCP ilowe mbwalo!! Tatopa ndi ana a Agogo!!

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

This is pathetic.Why do they try to stop other political parties from campaigning. Malawi does not belong to the DPP. Ngakhale Dausi angakane bwanji, the whole Malawi knows that it is the DPP cadets who are violent. There is proof including pictures of DPP cadets in violent attacks all over Malawi. Kafikeni bwino because you are going to reap what you have been sawing during the five years you have been in power. Look at the violence victim at the hospital he is being treated on a bare mattress without a bed sheet and you say you have developed the… Read more »

SAM
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SAM

ADVICE TO THE YOUTHS OF ALL POLITICAL PRTIES. LISTEN TO ME NOW.
HAVE YOU SEEN MUTHARIKA INJURED? ANSWER IS NO!
HAVE YOU SEEN CHILIMA INJURED? ANSWER IS NO!
HAVE YOU SEEN CHAKWERA INJURED ANSWER IS NO!
BUT WHY DO YOU GET YOURSELF INJURED BECAUSE OF THE ABOVE PEOPLE???
IS IT WORTH IT??
I WONDER
LETS NOT BE USED BY THESE PEOPLE
LETS VOTE FOR A BETTER MALAWI BY VOTING FOR A PEOPLE CENTREDD LEADER
LETS ALSO PRAY FOR MALAWI
GOD BLESS THE YOUTHS OF MALAWI
ABASH VIOLENCE
ABASH MYOPIC THINKING