A rag-tag gang of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadets on Sunday disrupted the well organized Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) rally at Rula in the Rumphi Constituency where Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango is the sitting Member of Parliament.
The mob of DPP Cadets intimidated everyone who wanted to attend the Aford rally which was to be addressed by Aford president Enock Chihana.
AFORD Campaign Director, Boyeke Munthali, said the DPP cadets also mercilessly attacked 11 traditional leaders and that one chief was hospitalised at Livingstonia Hospital.
“They started beating our supporters who were guarding the podium waiting their president, they also started beating our advance team, snatching the AFORD clothes before destroying the podium,” said Munthali.
The police simply watched from a distance, he pointed out.
Munthali claimed the DPP cadets also undressed women by snatching any clothes which they had put bearing AFORD symbols.
Aford finally managed to address a small crowd that defied the ruling party threats, with Chihana urging them not to be cowed by threats
Chihana said he was disappointed with the incident.
“I am very disappointed with what the DPP cadets have done because Malawi is a democratic society and every political party should be allowed to conduct their meetings without fear,” said Chihana whose father late Chakufwa Chihana was a pro-democrcay hero.
Chihana said he was confident Aford will regain its strength despite widespread intimidation.
“It is typical of what you expect from DPP,” Chihana Co said. “They are scared of the rejuvenated Aford .”
Chihana said during the rally more than 70 members from DPP and People’s Party joined AFORD.
Aford regional governor for the north Kenneth Sanga declined to comment , referring to Mhango.
“Talk to Jappie Mhango that was in his constituency and besides he is DPP campaign director,” he said.
Mhango, however, said he was not aware of the incident.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :