Govt condemns Chilima’s apology to journo assault over ‘mistaken identity’ suggestion

Government says it is pleased with the public admission by the leader of UTM Party, Vice-President Saulos Chilim that journalist George Banda was harmed on 6th February 2019 at COMESA International Conference Centre in Blantyre by UTM security personnel in a mistaken identity act.

Mussa: Challenges Chilima to name the target of the journalist
Chilima (r) apologised to the media fraternity

Some UTM members assaulted a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) stringer George Banda after they reportedly mistook him for a governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member when Chilima was presenting his nomination papers.

Chilima has since condemned the attack as regrettable and reiterating his party’s commitment to ensuring that journalists are operating freely.

“From findings of my aides, the incident emanated from a case of mistaken identity,” Chilima said in a statement delivered to media watchdog Misa Malawi.

However,  in a statement made available to Nyasa Times, Minister of Information and Communications Technology Henry Mussa dismisses the apology and condemns the suggestion by Chilima that the violence against Banda is regrettable because he was not the target.

“This suggestion is worrying because it means that in the view of the UTM leader, violence against all their targets is fine and acceptable,” said Mussa, who is government spokesman.

“Government urges all peace-loving Malawians to roundly take exception to this kind of policy by UTM. It is a dangerous and evil policy. Violence, regardless of the target, is unacceptable,” reads the statement.

Government is asking Chilima to name  the individual who was mistaken for Banda and provide the reasons why he or she deserved to be harmed.

“We hope the law enforcement agencies of the State will ensure that all those that are being targeted by the UTM are protected andthose that are plotting violence against them are investigated and brought to book.

“We believe Dr. Chilima has given these agencies a starting point,” Mussa said.

Meanwhile, Misa Malawi chairperson Teresa Ndanga welcomed Chilima’s apology.

“UTM president Saulos Klaus Chilima says he was shocked to learn of the incident at Comesa Hall on Wednesday during the presentation of his presidential nomination papers.

“Misa Malawi would like to express its gratitude for the remorse that the UTM president and his party have shown,” reads a statement signed by Ndanga.

She says Misa would be following up to ensure Banda is duly compensated for his losses.

 

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Heart attack
Heart attack
1 year ago

Aaaaaaaaah A Mussa are you trying to deflect from Friday’s shock. Waves,????

Silly
Silly
1 year ago

A Henry Mussa, Kupusatu Kameneko is the very reason Mr Maliseche didn’t even consider you for VP

Mulipo?
Mulipo?
1 year ago

Mr Mussa if I were you I would just disappear into oblivion after Friday’s shocking waves…………….kikikikikikikikikikikikiki

Mulipo?
Mulipo?
1 year ago

A Henry Mussa mudakaphupha after the Tsunami on Friday?? Ine ndikanangolowa pansi after kusambwazidwa ndi Mr Maliseche

Mirella K
Mirella K
1 year ago

I think this Mussa is a stupid guy. Chilima urged you, as a govt to bring the perpetrators to book and here you are showing your stupidity. It pains me we have such stupid men for our ministers.

Mwa dzuka?
Mwa dzuka?
1 year ago

Henry Mussa you still have a voice after Friday’s Tsunami?????

Shock wave
Shock wave
1 year ago

A Henry Mussa I hope you have started parking after Friday’s embarrassment

Concerned
Concerned
1 year ago

Foolish mussa

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

Mussa you are stupid. how many cases of violence have been perpetrated by DPP cadets that your party promptly admitted and condemned. A reporter was attacked at parliament while the president was addressing the SONA. Nothing was said and several recent attacks have been undertaken against the opposition by the same, you say nothing. Ndiye apa uziti nyonyonyo. Shutup

Natie
1 year ago

Palibe zodabwitsa apa! UTM ndi mwana wa DPP; make mbuu, mwana mbuu! Ine ndikuwona kuti chipani chomwe chingapulumutse dziko lathu lino ndi chipani cha MCP basi, chifukwa chimatsogoleredwa ndi Abusa ndiponso a Sheikh. Mu MCP muli malilime, chipulumutso, sadaka, jando ndiponso mgonero. A Malawi anzanga, chuluke-chuluke ndi wanjuchi,kumanena yomwe yakuluma.

Tivote mwanzeru
Tivote mwanzeru
1 year ago
Reply to  Natie

Amene sakuidziwa MCP ndani? Poti kuphatikidza nkhaza za UDF, DPP komanso tikhaza ta UTM sangafike pa MCP. MCP ndi make wa nkhaza

Mmalawi weniweni
Mmalawi weniweni
1 year ago
Reply to  Natie

If you think a country is only run by religious leaders then you must be stupid….we don’t need a religious leader as a basis for electing someone as president, it takes brains and good policies to run a country not religion my friend. If American or European presidents were chosen on the basis of religion, then I would agree with you, but unfortunately people in developed world don’t choose presidents sorely on the basis of being a religious leader but on how he/she plans to take their country forward. Ngati ali ndi mfundo zotukulira Malawi uno let him campaign for… Read more »

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