The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has launched a plan to intensify the intimidation of voters by waging a violent campaign that cows voters to back their candidatesin the October 17 by-elections in three wards and three constituencies.
Nyasa Times understands that a sinister scheme to launch a bloody campaign against opposition in the run-up to the elections includes buying opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) cloth to be used by DPP cadres for violence on the political front an hoodwick the public that its is the MCP agents .
“There is a plot to buy MCP cloth to be given to DPP youth cadest to use when carrying violent acts,” a sources within the DPP said.
DPP cadets have become infamous for violence, murder and intimidation of opposition supporters in Malawi.
They are agents of terror and thuggery, who have been specifically brainwashed to use brute force and terror to ensure that DPP regime retains power at whatever cost.
But DPP vice president Hetherwick Ntaba denies that the party cadres will spearhead violence in the areas where by-elections is taking place.
Ntaba said DPP has no fear of defeat and need no violence.
MCP second deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka said they have been tipped of the plot as well and wondered why DPP has placed its political survival above the economy and development of the nation.
It is also been established that a DPP member Razaak Issa in the Lower Shire is paying some members of newly registered party Depeco some money to claim to have defected from MCP to DPP during a rally that President Peter Mutharika will address in Nsanje on October 14 and make allegations against political giant Sidik Mia.
But Issa said there is nothing wrong in “buying members” as politics is a competition
Of late there has been reported cases of politically-motivated with DPP and MCP engaged in a blame-game .
Politically-orchestrated violence first reared its ugly head last month in Nsanje Lalanje Constituency, one of the areas where Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) will be holding by-elections. Followers of MCP and DPP fought in the area, stirring tension.
Recently, panga-wielding and stone-throwing youths clad in DPP regalia also attacked MCP president and leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera at the Gonapamuhanya ceremony in Bolero, Rumphi.
MEC is holding parliamentary by-elections October 17 in Nsanje Lalanje, Lilongwe South East and Lilongwe Msozi North constituencies.
In Nsanje Lalanje and Lilongwe Msozi North the by-elections are being held following the death of former parliamentarians Sam Ganda of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Highton Jiya (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) respectively. In Lilongwe South East, the by-elections are as a result of the Supreme Court of Appeal order to have a re-run after nullifying the 2014 outcome.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :