Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) claims some civil society leaders and members of the clergy are planning for a “grand killing” of innocent Malawians in 2012.
DPP Secretary-General Wakuda Kamanga made the claims while reacting to reports that civil society leaders would be forced to hold a grand nationwide demonstration should President Bingu wa Mutharika fail to address all the issues raised in their 20-point petition to him.
“We hear some civil society members are meeting at a corner planning for a grand demonstration. Their plan for the demonstrations is not in good faith, they are planning how to mastermind the killing of innocent Malawians,” alleged Kamanga.
“They are planning for a grand death of innocent Malawians,” the ruling party secretary general said.
He elaborated that no grand demonstration can go without several bloodsheds as such the organisers were planning for “grand deaths”.
“If any innocent Malawian loses life during their grand demonstration, government will held them responsible and the law will take its course,” he stated.
‘No absolute right to demo’
DPP assertions come a few days after Malawi Police Chief Peter Mukhitho said Malawians have no “absolute right” to holding protests and asked donors for “proper equipment” so that law enforcers deal with demonstrators.
But Mukhito’s thinking is against Section 38 of the Malawi Constitution which stipulates that “every person shall have the right to assemble and demonstrate with others peacefully and unarmed.”
During the July 20 and 21 2011 countrywide protests, the Malawi Police came under fire for their unprofessionalism that led to shooting of 20 dead and scores others injured.
At a recent hearing of inquiry by the commission set up by Mutharika to find out what led to the death of the 20 people, for the first time police admitted using live ammunition against unarmed citizens.
Opposition political parties and non-governmental organisations in the country have been putting pressure on government to spell out solutions that would see the country be liberated from the social and economic crisis that it has plunge into.
Every hour, tension in the country is growing as costs of living keep escalating with prices of basic commodities going up uncompromisingly.
However, Mutharika and his aides shamelessly continue maintaining that everything is alright and further blame government critics, international investors and Satan for their mess.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :