DPP roughnecks drowned Mutharika’s message of hope —Malawi News

An editorial comment in flagship weekly, Malawi News says the assault on Times Group journalist by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) hooligans  at Parliament on Friday and intimidation of legislators has drowned President Peter Mutharika’s ‘message of hope’ contained In State-of-the Nation-Address (Sona).

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Vice President Saulos Chilima being treated by legislator Frank Mwenifumbo in Parliament
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“The ruling party saw the State of the Nation address to Parliament as an opportunity to proverbially wash its dirty linen in public and the results were the mayhem that happened which saw DPP parliamentarians such as Patricia Kaliati being roughed up for their perceived support of Vice President Saulos Chilima,” reads the comment.

The paper said it  was “disturbing” as the chaos was compounded by DPP cadets manhandling journalist, Douglas Banda, while filming the party hooligans  as they were being evicted from Parliament for disturbing proceedings.

“All this is coming just because the DPP cannot democratically settle the call by some of its own who feel the President is advanced in age to run again for presidency next year and should, instead, hand over the mantle to Chilima,” the paper said.

It advices  of advice to find a democratic way  to sort the power struggle.

DPP has also been told to  look back into history of  Malawi multiparty democracy and see whether Malawians have ever been cowed by violence and they will find none.

“What the party engineered Friday— hooliganism– has simply drowned the message of hope the President wanted to deliver to Malawians,” the paper concluded.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), led by Timothy Mtambo, Gift Trapence and Charles Kajoloweka, who last week also petitioned government over socio-economic and governance issues, said in a statement that the violence is a manifestation that the DPP tolerates violence as a tool to stifle dissenting views.

They said the assault on journalist Banda was not only an attack on media freedom but also an insult to Malawi’s hard–earned democracy.

They have since demanded the immediate arrest of the perpetrators of the acts of violence and an explanation on why the perpetrators of violent acts are left scot-free.

“We demand that President Peter Mutharika should publicly condemn these acts of violence immediately; and that he disciplines his party on the culture of terror and impunity. Failure to do so we vindicate assertions that he is either an accomplice to the scheme or is not in control of the state of affairs,” reads the statement in part.

Information and Communications Technology Minister Nicholas Dausi has admitted that the assault on Banda was unfortunate and must be condemned in strongest terms.

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Zam'tonda
Zam'tonda
4 years ago

A kweni never condemned the Young cadets when they unleashed terror on politicians on the other side of the fence now she and her crew have been thrown out of the DPP tent no longer comfy. She would be spewing all the garbage in defence of the DPP she was at the peak now sliding towards political oblivion. Here the entire nation is embroiled in astonishment: who is the leader of this state between APM and the DPP brats in the name of young cadets? Up to the point of swamping the SONA democracy has been stretched too far yet… Read more »

Gulewamkulu
Gulewamkulu
4 years ago

Mxieee!

TRUMP
TRUMP
4 years ago

MALAWI NEEDS COMPLETE OVERHAUL

MALAWI NEEDS COMPLETE DELIVERANCE

MALAWI NEEDS COMPLETE EVANGELISATION

MALAWI NEEDS RENAISSANCE AND REVOLUTION

MALAWI NEEDS NEW BREED OF LEADERS

MALAWI NEEDS YOUNG INTELLIGENT VIBRANT OF THE 21ST CENTURY

YOUTHS PLEASE FORGET ABOUT
THESE OLD WOODS PREACHING
FALSE PROMISES ON THE STREETS AND MEDIA OUTLETS

Fed
Fed
4 years ago

Koma ndiye nchito yolemba kunyoza anzako ukuitha. Unfortunately 90% of voters do not have smart phone and any access to your news. Simple calculations, 36% IJA ya pa 2014 and 16% ikubwerayi chifukwa cha zitukuko zowonekazi = 52% pa 2019 pano. Mudzaliranso.

From likoma
From likoma
4 years ago
Reply to  Fed

@ fed
Kulira uku. Inu bazilimbisani mtima choncho

#DzukaniAmalawi
#DzukaniAmalawi
4 years ago
Reply to  From likoma

mind you there are many Fed’s in Malawi than you might guess. They control the destiny of the country, I am afraid. The Fed’s consists of 90% of Malawians so they have massive power. Its this constituency that DPP appeals to. Unfortunately the smart 10% can’t even mobilise themselves to convert the 90% with convincing and compelling propositions. In effect, the 10% isn’t as smart as they may think. They also are trapped in mental slavery mentality. educated but not street smart

Nalingula
Nalingula
4 years ago
Reply to  Fed

Basi akatokugulirani masuti kukabowa Ku Palament mwati 90%ya Amalawi ndimbutuma,za mamina mmutu.Zosazisata zinthu mziko lao.Zomvera MBC.Tiyeni nazoni …

Mmalawi
Mmalawi
4 years ago
Reply to  Fed

Opanda ma smart phone akumva kuchokela ku Times ndi Zodiak radios

#DzukaniAmalawi
#DzukaniAmalawi
4 years ago
Reply to  Fed

You may not be far from the truth that DPP may just be rewarded with 52% votes. That’s the sad part with Malawi. We call what we see everyday as development because many Malawians have not seen anything better. This is the best that will the 90% will ever see. Unfortunately for the 10% most votes come from this disfranchised, poor and uneducated segment and therefore all Malawians will continue to drown in poverty (as seen by the 10%). Think about it, we have Mr/Ms Fed who I believe is educated and certainly exposed albeit limited (he/she can write and… Read more »

Toka
Toka
4 years ago

Kuvinira ma 50pin munalandira kwa Mchachawo…mbuzi zaanthu. Chaka chamawa mukafune kokhala.

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