Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Youth Cadets is reminding Malawians that the party is built on foundations of violence and intorelance with savage acts as they have once again turned violent and bayed for the blood of Mzuzu City member of parliament Leonard Njikho and Msongwe ward councillor Judith Chiume (both DPP member) suspected to have “betrayed” the party byfailing to vote for its candidate Yona Mkandawire to take the mayoral posts in Mzuzu.
Yona was defeated by Mchengautuwa ward councillor William Mkandawire of Peoples Party (PP) and DPP also lost the deputy mayor seat as Malawi Congress Party (MCP) claimed it.
DPP expected to at least poll five votes as it has four councillors and one MP in the city but only managed to get three votes. The party suspects Njinkho and Chiume did not vote for DPP candidate.
Director of campaign in DPP, Jappie Mhango and regional governor Kenneth Sanga reportedly ordered the notorious panga wielding cadets to deal with Njikho and Chiume.
Commentators have argued that DPP is giving itself a bad name by refusing to accept defeat honourably and the party has been urged ti have a moment of reflection other than continueing with its savage culture.
In Lilongwe, newly-elected deputy mayor Juliana Kaduya has gone into hiding, alleging that DPP acting secretary general Francis Mphepo has threatened her for messing up mayoral votes last week.
Kaduya claimed she started receiving the threats as soon as she was declared winner of the deputy mayor’s position.
“When the elections were over, I got a call from a very senior DPP regional officer telling me that they will deal with me for messing up the votes. I was one of the people who left [the venue of the elections] late and had to hire a police escort,” she said.
DPP lost Lilongwe City Council mayoral elections when Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate business tycoon Desmond Bikoko won the poll by 15 to 14 votes against DPP’s Kwame Bandawe. Two decider votes were declared null and void.
Soon after presiding officer Lilongwe City Council chief executive officer Moza Zeleza declared the winners, Mphepo hurled threats at Kaduya and Chiwoko Ward councillor Katondoli Nyirenda, accusing them of betrayal.