DPP-UDF thugs block Chilima campaign in Machinga: Malawi VP remains resolute

Suspected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) thugs on Friday morning  blocked State Vice President Saulos  Chilima—who is also UTM Party president— from conducting campaign rallies at Ngokwe and Ntaja Trading Centres in Machinga district.

One of the UTM vehicles that was smashed in the Machinga fracas
Damaged: One of the cars  with Malawi’s State Vice President and Tonse Alliance running mate Saulos Chilima, who was on tour in Machinga

Chilima’s personal assistant,  Pilirani Phiri, confirmed to Nyasa Times that the Vice President has cancelled his whistle-stop tour to the two trading centres due to the violence DPP-UDF zealots have incited in the area.

Phiri said the DPP and UDF followers, who were armed with panga-knives, blocked the road to Nselema with logs and are burning tyres to make the road impassable for the country’s second citizen.

“Political violence rears ugly face again this morning in Machinga. VP Chilima has cancelled his whistle stop at Ngokwe and Ntaja to avoid confrontation. Cancellation was option 1,” s Phiri said on his Twitter post.

However, UTM publicity secretary Joseph Chidanti Malunga assured that Chilima is proceeding to other areas in the district where he will deliver message of hope to civil and public servants.

Malunga said the main message  Chilima is delivering to the people is that the MCP-UTM Alliance will promote all upgraded and deserving teachers and civil servants and ensure that all armed forces must be paid their due reward for their service, including peace-keeping service to Malawi.

“The other message is that the MCP-UTM Alliance will introduce a new and higher salary scale for the civil and public services and standardize salaries for civil servants and those working in parastatals….there will be no salary structure, which shall be higher and not lower,” he said.

Chilima, who is UTM Party president, will be on the ballot as running mate to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera, the torchbearer of nine member Tonse Alliance.

He is on record to allege that some governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) functionaries met and agreed to finance violence against opposition political party supporters, especially in the Southern Region.

Chancellor College-based political scientist Mustafa Hussein has since warned that the violence may degenerate into chaos if it remains unchecked.

In his view, violence is still deep-rooted in the country because political party leaders have failed to use party supporters who happen to be the youth in a productive way.

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Mofolo
Mofolo
3 months ago

This is unacceptable but izi ndi ndale za Chakwera kwao anachita kukumba misewu ati Mutharika asamapite. Kwa Msundwe anakhazikisa barracks ati yothibula anthu osusa, Ku mponela dowa ndi no go zone for DPP UDF. Ndale zotchingilana mayendedwe sizabwino alekeni atsogoleri ayende Pena paliponse ngati simufuna kumva uthenga wawo osapita Ku msonkhano wawo basi osawatchinga kulankhula ndi mayendedwe ndi ufulu wa wina aliyense mu Malawi

Kalvin kaliwamba
Kalvin kaliwamba
3 months ago

Stupidest government ever.And this is how genocide started.Mubvi oyang’anira suchedwa kulowa m’maso.

Zio ine
Zio ine
3 months ago

Stupid reporting what evidence have you got that it was DPP UDF thugs yet those who attacked DPP udf in Ndirande, Dowa, Nsundwe you call them unknown. This is stupid reporting and rushing to conclude that it is DPP means these thugs were staged to tarnish DPP. What can stop you from doing the same when you have masters of self abduction Kunkuyu

Hon Mirriam Gwalidi
Hon Mirriam Gwalidi
3 months ago

All this is because of chitsiru chamunthu mbuzi yamano kusi Bakili Muluzi. Kuba ndalama za amphawi anaba yekha ndiye chofunira kuti dziko lonse livutike chifukwa cha iyeyo ndi Chiyani?

Masumbi
Masumbi
3 months ago

Hey! why didnt the journalist added the fact that there are two catualties

TATE 1
TATE 1
3 months ago
Reply to  Masumbi

who did put the vice presidents life at risk…. if you know what i mean

Malawi belong to the citizens

DPP and UDF alliance cadets, tsopano without thinking you block chilima it can also happens to your parties becareful,ana wosalifunira dziko zabwino.Munakana sukulu, ndizimenezo anthu akumakugwitsani ntchito moputsa,kumanyamula mapanga knives. Zopanda tsogolo.violence siyimanga mudzi,Dpp and UDF alliance mukupachira ndithu ulendo uno kkkkkkkkk.Remember Kut Atupele naye akuenda Madera ena mmumalawimuno.Tiwona momwe zithera, this is a game of numbers.

Nyusesi
3 months ago

Mwayamba kale kuthyola miyendo ya anthu musanalowe m’boma🙄? Tikukuwonanitu!

Omex70
Omex70
3 months ago
Reply to  Nyusesi

ndiwe opusa kwambiri.Zifwamba zinzakozo umatchinga njira ngati munamanga ndinu mseuwo.

chataika
chataika
3 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

Iwenso ndiwe mbuli nanga amene antseka mseu kwa ndsundwe anamanga ndi iwowo? Musamale paja yobwezera kuwawa? Padzana Chakwera ndi Mtambo went to msundwe and congratulate them for blocking supporters for dpp what a shame! Chilima ananyoza Muluzi and lero Chilimayo ndikumapita kwa Muluziko what dd u expect tell chilima asamale ndi kulankhula konyoza

Ntumbuka Ine
3 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

Wopusa ndiiwe ngati tambala wochecherera Mayi ake. Iwe ukusapota Zeze Arafat who shed blood in Machinga yesterday? Mac Hendes yours nonse

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
3 months ago

MBULI za dpp/udf ndizimenezo.

Ndife
Ndife
3 months ago

A Chakwera munthu osaphunzira degrees 2 religious studies alamulira dziko?

ERUTU
ERUTU
3 months ago
Reply to  Ndife

Kodi zinthuzo nanga running mate kwinako olo degree nix

CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
3 months ago

Chakwela anampatsa Timothy Ntumbo,
Zitsilu za kwanSundwe kuti ziziwononga ndikuba katundu wa amalawi ku LL,
Chilima ndikuilowa kuthandizila.
Izi ndizomwe achinyamata mumawaphunzitsa
Chatsala maCadet ndi maYong Democrat
Akupezeni kwaNsundwe komweko
ZINYALALA ZA ANTHU

Moya
Moya
3 months ago

Stinking mouth

ERUTU
ERUTU
3 months ago

Uyu ndiye CADET weniwenitu zikundu zili phyuuu

jade
jade
3 months ago

Southerners were being chased from the centre and nyasatimes was very quiet. Anyhow as a people let us never condone violence

Omex70
Omex70
3 months ago
Reply to  jade

Ukunama cadet iwe. Ine kwathu ndi ku Machinga bwanji sindinathamangitsidwe kuno ku Lilongwe?

masa masina
masa masina
3 months ago
Reply to  jade

LIES, MABODZA.

DDP INATHA
DDP INATHA
3 months ago
Reply to  jade

Kodi DPP bodza muzasiyati?

DPP INATHA
DPP INATHA
3 months ago
Reply to  jade

Kodi DPP bodza muzasiyati?

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