Rumphi East member of Parliament (MP) Kamlepo Kalua (People’s Party-PP) has accused the government of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of emplying intimidation tactics against vocal opposition legislators.
Kalua, who is also Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) vice-chairperson, told Parliament that DPP has launched a campaign of intimidation, terrorism and harassment aimed at silencing criticism in the National Assembly.
He condemned what he called “undemocratic, state terrorism, state intimidation, institutional intimidation” from the DPP to the opposition members, threatening them with arrests “because they are controlling the police and the army”.
“That is uncalled for, undemocratic and that should not be condoned. Because some of us when we were fighting for multi-party democracy, most of these kids were not there,” said Kalua, one of an early people who championed democracy in Malawi.
Kalua told the House has he had been “ tipped” by the arresting agency he is among the targeted critical lawmakers to o be arrested after 72 hours when Parliament adjourns.
But the First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje ruled Kalua “out of order” for discussing a tip.
“We do not work on tips here. This is a House of records,” said Mcheka Chilenje.
Kalua insisted the source of his tip was from “a reliable personality.” He did not name the source.
Mcheka Chilenje dismissed the MP: “You are out of order. I thank you.”
But Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Grace Chiumia stood on a point of order to query Kalua’s remarks calling DPP members as “kids.”
Chiumia denied government is engaged in intimidating opposition lawmakers.
“ We are not there to arrest any person unnecessarily, unless if they have done something wrong and gone against the law. So, they should not take the Police as being there to arrest anybody,” Chiumia said.
The Minister demanded evidence “from those reliable people” who tipped him about the impending arrests.
The DPP accuses Kalua of speculating and spreading propaganda on corruption issues.
But Kalua insists there is overwhelming evidence on bootleg deals in government.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :