DPP cadres brandish pistols at Ben Phiri rally

As the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is accused of increasingly using violence to silence dissent, its cadres who accompanied Ben Phiri, the most powerful former aide of President Peter Mutharika, to a function in Thyolo on Sunday brandished pistols in public and taking photos which have gone viral on social media.

Armed and pose for photo opportunity: DPP cadre Noel Kaiya

The increasing brandishing  pistols by DPP youth has brought to question whether Malawi streets are safe for both locals and tourists.

The cadres are part of the contingent of the security detail to Phiri, who is DPP Director of Operations or Field Marshall.

But DPP spokesman Francis Kasaila and secretary general Jeffrey wa Jeffrey were coy to comment on the matter.

Apparently, the brandishing of pistols is a tactic to sew panic and fear among the people that the DPP will hold on to power even through ‘barrel of a gun’.

DPP has suffered lots of image problems because of corrupt senior members, some of whom are under the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) probe.

There are DPP officials who have brought Escom to its knees through dubious contracts and dubious payments, there are DPP officials who force Lilongwe Water Board and Macra to give “donations” to the party, yet in democracy there is a red line between party and government business.

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Chimunthu
Guest

The DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S PARTY now rules through the barrel of a gun!

Mzanga Dausi
Guest

Malawi armed forces conducted an operation bwezani that successfully disarmed Malawi young pioneers in 1992. Why are they unable to disarm Dpp cadets? We have Jappie Muhango arming and stoning a peaceful gathering and is let scot free.

We have Noel Kaiya, showing off a dangerous weapon in public, just like that and him too is above the constitution.

What kind of an army do we have in Malawi that plays double standards when it comes to defending the constitution?

Please fellow Malawians wherever you may be, let’s all rise up against this regime. This is too much!

Omex70
Guest

God will rescue Malawi from the hands of these evil people in His own way. For how long shall we cry to God for rescue without an answer? He will come down powerfully to rescue Malawi and no pistol shall stop Him from accomplishing His mission.

Achi
Guest
Where is the Malawi Police? . Where is the Malawi Defense Force? . How on earth can a civilian entity, the DPP Cadet wing, be armed yet we have the Malawi Armed Forces? Ben Phiri why do want to play the big brother among the civilians? DPP and Ben Phiri why are you arming the cadets? You must know that Malawi has clearly set security structures and systems and nobody in the land has authority to have own armed apparatus besides the MPS and MDF. This is an extreme manifestation of executive and blind arrogance and the MDF must come… Read more »
Nox Nthambi
Guest

I think we need another “Operation Bwezani”. MDF wake up please and stop this nonsense!!!. Stop enjoying midoli and zibukhu and stop this barbaric acts by DDP

Mzanga Dausi
Guest

Military ya chibuku kikiki!

Gogodasi
Guest

Nganiza Muthulika, even if Ben Phiri was in danger who is he to be surrounded by gun carriers? How many people are in danger in Malawi that need protection and do not have this opportunity? The point is that we have weak police service that should have acted swiftly at a mere suspicion of anybody carrying a gun because the law does not allow ordinary person to do so in the country. If private security guards are not allowed to carry guns why should the cadets be allowed to carry pistons.

Noel Kaiya Dausi
Guest

I agree with your point. But I would hasten to say that the biggest problem in the country is that we lack strong characters in opposition that could hold Mutharika accountable on this and many other Dpp weaknesses.

Why can’t they organise a riot? They are optunists who on their own cannot start upheavals. But that like Udf would wait until someone strong enough like late Chihana, start it and then snatch it away from them.

Stupid fools. Away with Chakwera.

Noel Kaiya Dausi
Guest

Savages! Brutes! Very primitive! Absolutely appalling!
Disgusting!

Conex
Guest

i think this is one of the bloodsuckers from Mulanje they are busy killing innocent people there, shame on you…….

Wakutumbikika waDAusi
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Wakutumbikika waDAusi

Dpp please give your cadets education don’t give them guns. Kodi why you want kuononga dziko lamtendere ngati ili?

Hugh Heifner
Guest

The cadet is Noel Kaiya. He was in UK. All he came with was a raising dogs business which has failed, He then started smuggling liquor and MRA have been looking for him. Now here he is.

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