DPP attacks Shanil at maize distribution: Malawi ex-first lady is UTM member

Overzealous members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) attempted to block Balaka West legislator Patricia Shanil Dzimbiri from attending an official function because the former first lady is exercising her constitutional right to freely associate with a political grouping other than DPP.

This is unacceptable: Shanil Dzimbiri tspeaks to Mwanamvekha after DPP zealots had attacked her
Mwanamvekha distributing the tax-funded maize in Balaka

Shanil recently joined the United Transformation, movement (UTM) that is promoting the presidential ticket of Vice-president Saulos Chilima in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

She is one of the key women who contributed significantly in the fight against one-party dictatorship by supporting the underground movement of pro-democracy activist led by her former husband Bakili Muluzi – who later governed the country from 1994 to 2004.

On Saturday, Shanil stood her ground against DPP zealots to leave the taxpayer funded relief food distribution  event  in her constituency which was presided by Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Food Security Joseph Mwanamvekha at Kankwawo Primary School ground.

DPP chanted disparaging songs against Shanil but the legislator who won her parliamentary seat in 2014 as an independent candidate was not moved and was seen queering Mwanamvekha at the event.

Let by district governor Francis Mangadzuwa, DPP zealots demanded: “Let her go or else patelera pano [there will be trouble.”

But Shanil said she could not be intimidated, saying she is the one who single-handedly reported to Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) that hunger was biting in Balaka District.

“I was invited by the minister [Mwanamvekha] to this event,” she said.

Shanil said DPP should not intimidate people, saying people like her have faced worst forms of political persecution before and fought for democracy hence can’t be moved.

“Some of us will not be intimidated,” she said.
Police and DODMA official s negotiated with the DPP ruffians to allow Shanil to stay because it was a government event.

But the DPP officials ordered the removal of Shanil and other politicians from the list of speakers at the event.

Minister Mwanamvekha was accompanied by the Secretary for Agriculture, irrigation and water development Grey Nyandule Phiri and the Secretary and commissioner for disaster Enerst Kantchetche at the maize distribution.

Dodma is distributing 432 729 bags of maize (21 636.5 metric tonnes) to 432 729 food-insecure households in Blantyre, Neno, Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Thyolo, Phalombe, Mwanza, Machinga, Mangochi, Balaka, Zomba, Chikwawa, Nsanje, Karonga, Mzimba, Rumphi, Chitipa, Dowa, Mchinji, Kasungu, Ntchisi, Dedza, Ntcheu, Lilongwe, Nkhotakota and Salima districts.

During the 2017/18 farming season, Malawi experienced prolonged dry spells and a severe outbreak of fall armyworms which rendered an estimated 3.3 million households food-insecure.

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Duli
Duli
2 years ago

Koma zinthu zimasinthadi eti, kale chimanga amaghawa ndi shawishi Abiti Kazhigeti. Lero akughawa is a mere Minister. Kazhigeti amaghawazho abakha, akalulu, mbira etc.

Nick
Nick
2 years ago

Good for you, Shanil/ Patricie! Your decsion to support UTM, and to dump DPP, is thoroughly to be commended!

Duduzane
2 years ago

Zoona koma izi abale zikuchitika ku malawi? Minister kukagawa chimanga zoona abale izi koma? Kusiya ntchito ya boma kukagawa chimanga. Oooh mulungu wanga ine. Tinalakwanji ife. Kusaukisisa ndiye number 3 from bottom. Chakuti chanu mwandinyansa heavy

kazenje
2 years ago
Reply to  Duduzane

this was just an openning ceremony

Patrick Mbewe
Patrick Mbewe
2 years ago

A whole minister kukagawa chimanga? Koma DPP is desperate to look good. Let’s be honest, if they did things right, they wouldn’t be this desperate.

Yosefe Mateyu
Yosefe Mateyu
2 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Mbewe

Whole JB distributed ducks

kazenje
2 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Mbewe

this n improvement from what was happenning in the past where the whole president was openning that ceremony. for me its not a problem for the president to open the ceremony as it allows pple to know what is happening sothat pple can follow . for instance without nyasatimes i would nt have known this exercise and now i have infor i will now start to follow up as who benefits from the exercise and be able tovoice up.

James
James
2 years ago

My former party is a shame. A party full of thieves and terrorists.

nama
nama
2 years ago

Bola asaluze MP kudedeluka amayiwa. She should have remained an independent MP.

Naphiri
Naphiri
2 years ago
Reply to  nama

I think she is still independent since the UTM party is not yet registered.

Mwana phee
Mwana phee
2 years ago

Dpp it’s a party of murder thief ignorant even his president is mentally ill he cnt make proper decision to differentiate between politics n development so dis puppies wnt to destroy our country

Zoona
Zoona
2 years ago
Reply to  Mwana phee

Mangadzuwa olo zomwe ndikulembazi sangawerenge. Zomwetsa chisoni kuti tikulekerera andale ngati Mangadzuwa kumatitsogolera.

BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago

“Police negotiated with DPP ruffians” really? Like i always say, this country is being led by Mchacha and his cadets, from selling cheap beer, attacking opposition and coming up with silly plots and propaganda that is only harming the DPP.

APM stopped running this country a long time ago due to mental and physical ailments.

Lets all work together to vote the DPP out.

TruthOnly
TruthOnly
2 years ago
Reply to  BigMan

Bravo MP Shanila
Let’s all stand our ground like she did

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
2 years ago
Reply to  BigMan

Zopusa zakozo upanga wekha

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