DPP says stripping is ‘regime change’ plot

The blame game continues. Now Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) first vice president Goodall Gondwe says people who organised the stripping of women in Malawi’s three major cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu last week would want to be in government without an election.

“They want to start something like what happened in Egypt, Tunisia or Libya,” Gondwe claimed Katoto Secondary School in Mzuzu on Sunday during a meeting called by the Ministry of Youth Development and Welfare but also attended by some DPP Regional Officials, MPs and National Campaign Director Dr Ken Zikhale Ng’oma.

The meeting was organised as one way of dialoguing with vendors in the wake of incidences stripping women that occurred last week.

DPP officilas, Gondwe (c), Zikhale (L) and Vuwa Kaunda addressing vendors

“If you want that (the Arab spring revolution) here you are going to suffer,” said Gondwe, the Minister of Energy, adding “Is there peace now in Egypt after Mubarak? And look at what is happening now in Libya. People are just killing each other.”

The Minister added: “What they are doing is to incite people to revolt against the DPP led government. It cannot be that President Bingu wa Mutharika sent these people to the streets to strip women off their clothes. It’s a few young men hired by these people.”

Gondwe, who resorted to English after struggling with his mother tongue Tumbuka, further claimed that the ‘organisers’, whom he did not name, want to discredit President Bingu wa Mutharika in the eyes of the international community so that he should not reach 2014.

“Don’t use any excuse to stop the 2014 elections. Wait and I can assure you that DPP will be on top again,” said Gondwe, credited for Malawi’s economic success during President Bingu wa Mutharika’s first term.

But DPP Youth Director Boniface Gotani wa Gotani Mkandawire said the culprits were people of no fixed abode.

Mkandawire mentioned Minibus and Taxi Touts and Bicycle Taxi Operators saying they were difficult to trace.

“We have a very cordial relationship with vendors and they cannot do such a thing,” he said.

However, DPP National Campaign Director Dr Ken Zikhale Ng’oma agreed with Gondwe saying these ‘mythical’ people are hell bent on fighting President Mutharika and his government.

“But what they don’t know is that Mutharika does not fight people but poverty. He wants this country to develop to the fullest,” Ng’oma said.

He then said that northerners were always victims of circumstances. Zikhale did not elaborate.

“We are very few here and we cannot manage to rule this country.  Late Chakufwa Chihana tried but failed. We need to work with our friends from other regions so that we bring development here,” he also claimed.

Ng’oma donated MK100, 000 to the vendors.

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