With just a few hours before President Peter Mutharika was to present his nomination papers for the watershed May 21 elections, tension has been high in Blantyre with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets armed with panga knives display politics of fear-mongering.
The DPP cadets are armed to teeth in preparation for their presidential candidate who will be presenting his nomination papers at Comesa Hall in Blantyre Friday.
DPP violent behavior as evidenced by the picture where a cadet is putting a panga knife in its nest with impunity, has sent shockwaves to Blantyre residents with schools suspending classes today.
Although the party has denied that it does not involve itself in violence, the behavior of their cadets reveals the contrary.
Recently some DPP cadets assaulted UTM party supporters in Mangochi undressing a woman supporter in the process. They also assaulted Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporter Edward Govati in Blantyte.
Angry Malawians have expressed their disgust with the impunity being displayed by the DPP on social media.
” These guys are presenting nomination papers today and why are they carrying pangas to this event?” wondered one Mike Phiri.
Another commentator said perhaps DPP is biding farewell to the people as a ruling party.
“You cant have a ruling party which sends shivers to its people when it wants to hold a function in town. These guys are bidding us farewell, we can not vote them back in May with this impunity, ” commented Kondwani Masankhula.
Other social commentators said there is no serious leadership in DPP and that is why everyone does whatever they want.
“If these people had a strong leader who was against violence, these cadets would not have been doing this,” said one Gamaliel Chizika.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :