Regime thugs on Wednesday attacked Lilongwe City Council deputy mayor Juliana Kaduya and chased her from the commissioning of $23 million (about K16.9 billion) Malawi National Fibre Backbone Project by President Peter Mutharika that seeks to improve internet and mobile telecommunications in the country.
Kaduya, who is on record to have gone into hiding soon after been elected at deputy mayor in January, alleging that a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) senior member threatened her for messing up mayoral votes last week, was chased when she was seated among invited dignitaries on the front rows.
She explained that a dozen of DPP roughnecks in dark goggles told her to leave the Bingu International Conference Centre, saying they were told by their superiors to chase her.
The deputy mayor, who is linked to opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), obliged to leave as the gang told Kaduya she was risking her life if she stayed put.
She was being threatened in full view of the police.
“I recognised the gang, they are DPP cadets and I know some of them,” she said.
“I told the DPP cadets that I would report the matter to police but they arrogantly replied that they are the police in their own right,” she said.
Kaduya reported the matter to Malawi Police for formality.
“Police told me they would investigate the incident,” Kaduya said.
Kaduya said she is “traumatised” with the incidents as the roughnecks told her they will still haunt the deputy mayor.
Commentators said the conduct of DPP roughnecks should be condemned by the President Mutharika and that the gang be brought to book.
In a related development, the overzealous DPP political psychophants on Tuesday attempted to block MCP supporters from welcoming their president Lazarous Chakwera at Comesa Hall in Blantyre during the body viewing ceremony of late Hellen Singh.
The DPP roughnecks also threatened to deal with MCP official Ulemu Msungama who demanded a re-run in Lilongwe City South Eats Constituency which the Supreme Court of Appeal granted after a protracted legal battle.
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