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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :