Malawi army Commander Nundwe sticks on ‘constitutional order’: Spells out MDF role in demos
The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander General Vincent Nundwe has maintained that stop on his agenda is to ensure that Malawi remains a peaceful country amid on-going electoral disputes, saying the soldiers from the barracks are deployed.
The Commander was speaking at a news conference held at Police Headquarters in Lilongwe jointly with Inspector General of Police, Rodney Jose, over the current political unrest facing the country due to electoral disputes—which potentially threatens national peace and security.
Nundwe, who was appointed from Lieutenant General to the rank of General to head MDF as soldiers popular choice to replace General Griffin Spoon Phiri who has now been appointed national security adviser, is on record to have said people have a right to demonstrate when aggrieved and no one should infringe on anyone’s right since Malawi is a democratic State.
At the news conference, the MDF commander donning a grey business suit, accompanied by military legal counsel Dan Kuwali, only quoted laws on MDF roles in supporting internal law and order.
“Our role is to protect the Constitution order,” he said.
Nundwe said the MDF is not a primary law enforcer, but in the interst of national security, it will not hesitate to join hands with the Malawi Police Service should they be overstretched.
He said the Constitution of Malawi allows the military to provide expertise to the police and civil authorities so that government should function.
“The military comes in because the police is overstretched and we intervene. It is constitutional,” he said.
Nundwe said since the way masses are taking to the streets in post-election demonstrations, with “sporadic maneuvers”, Police may not be able to contain the “massive numbers”.
He said: “When we come in, it is just to cover these [securuty] gaps, since the sat the demos are taking place now, the police have been overstretched.”
General Nundwe cited the famous 1993 ‘Operation Bwenzani’, when he was in the rank of Captain, the Army disarmed the paramilitary Malawi Young Pioneers over a threat to constitutional order.
Apparently, Mzuzu-based social and political commentator Emily Mkamanga recently wrote on her newspaper column in The Nation, that the country is facing political violence mostly because of party militia groups, some of whom appear to be free even to display their weapons, such as pangas, in public.
“Honestly speaking, introducing a panga-wielding group of youths in a political party is a dangerous thing to do. Such youths act as mercenaries, depending on who has the money to pay them. They can easily turn against their founders if someone offers them more. This country needs another ‘Operation Bwezani’ to make sure that no one else is armed, except registered security agents, the army and police.
“It is time government shows direction before Malawians get lost completely,” Mkamanga wrote.
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It is clear, and the IG has stated, that Police are overstretched, already.
So, now what is the Ret. Gen. Supuni’s advice to APM in light of the threat to public order, as expressed by the Gen. Nundwe, and as perceived by the average citizen at this juncture?
Is it just to sit Phwii and watch the country burn?
Or to bring in the big guns, and restore constitutional order? If the Army comes out to guard for peace, muzaona maLOVA onse a MCP/UTM and their surrogates -Mtambo et al. – abalalika, ndikukabisala m’nyumba. Cowards!
You probably didn’t understand the General. He said to restore peace and constitutional order. If that order is disturbed by MCP they deal with it. If it is dpp they deal with it. If it is the police itself they deal with it. They deal with the source of disorderly situation not a specific group of people the way the police are doing it now. Thats why there have been instance where cadets were beaten. Police were chased demonstrators were also pushed around. They were not beating cadets or police or demonstrators NO they were dealing with constitutional disorders.
Omachemba I think you have misunderstood what “constitutional order” means. Sukulu ndiyofunika. It doesn’t mean stopping demonstrations. Kapene tinene chonchi : ntchito ya bwana Nundwe ndiyoonetsetsa kuti dziko la Malawi likuyenda monga mwa dongosolo limene linakhazikitsa konsititushoni E.g. no coup, no paramilitary wings (DPP cadets). The right to demonstrate is part of that order
Kayamwenso basi. Sunakule mpaka pano eti?
You would be naive to think the Malawi armed forces would restrict their roles to your interpretation.
You are stupid to to consider DPP cadets as a military wing.. Mbuzi iwe. Kodi akuwotcha ndi kuba mmashop ndi a DPP? Mulungu akukanthani nonse a nsanje pompano
Man of the moment as of now is Mtambo even Nundwe has his tsil btween his legs.Ifeyo a ma demo sangatikhuze asilikali akuopa akudziwa kuti we are on an unstoppable mission
The mandate of MDF under Nundwe’s command, even if it were Spoon Phiri or Clement Namangale, is to ensure there is peace, law and order in the country. MDF does not want anyone to hijack the demonstrations and cause civil strife. Yes, the demonstrations are “unstoppable” but through information gathering, MDF is able to get early warnings from those who might cause problems in the country.Their patrols during demonstrations speak for themselves …
Although we don’t agree on Spoon Phiri i totally agree with you on the facts you have put forward. No demonstrator should behave otherwise thinking that MDF are on their side. MDF will only be on our side if we keep law and order. The demos strongest weapon is disturbance of business and reduction of tax revenue. And these are the factors that make the people in power listen. If business is not distributed they wouldn’t listen to you. They can actually allow you to demonstrate forever.
Nundwe akumuopa Mtambo
Bodza a DPP, trying to influence Army to be like Police and oppress innocent Malawians. Koma a DPP ndiye mukuyetsetsa. Now even trying to pay chiefs to denounce demos and even dividing PAC to form a parallel PAC that can help DPP cling to power. Yes mukuyetsetsa koma mwaiwala chimodzi, nthawi yafika yakuti Mulungu our dear beloved God in heaven amve kulira kwa ana ake ku Malawi.
kkkkk … you are lying. Nundwe, if need be, he can go to him and tell him in the face to follow him to his office at army command centre …. kkkk Mtambo will obey his orders.
I like the way the Army Commander spoke! It gives us hope. Common Malawians have a lot of other things to do but they go on the streets with an intention to demonstrate peacefully. It is the teargas that annoys people. I am sure the IG is not there to see how police officers on the ground behave when they are armed with Teargas. Why not instruct the police not to use teargas. And instead of throwing teargas they could actually, be helping the marchers in a friendly way. It is not way against police it is war against injustice.… Read more »
The problem with Malawi Police now especially this IG Jose though he disputed being cadet but if I were Jose the best way I could have done was to resign. He has completely failed better Loti Dzonzi. We knew this cadet could manage Police. A journalist yesterday asked him why Police do not arrest cadet who were red handed seen beating demonstrators at Chichiri upper stadium in the full view of Police but rushed to arrest two MCP candidates in Mangochi. He did not answer and this is what we mean to call him a cadet a prodpp IG where… Read more »
Koma ndiye wina aliyense apange resigntu!
I think it is good the army cheap in. On Mkamanga, the most known fact is that she is a secret member of MCP. Whenever she writes she is biased. Those who say Nundwe is strong man its just because you want him to side you up, but know for sure that his “constitutional order” means dealing with anybody who openly or secretly or in disguise conducts himself or herself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace. We hate the police because they hinder us from doing nonsense. This system of demonstration will lead us into a chaotic… Read more »
Patrick dick moti iweyo you cant see kuti munthalika adslakwitsa pobela chisankho ? You can’t see kuti jane ansa as a lawyer adalakwitsa for announcing elections yoti bera and use of Tppex yomwe siloledwa pa elections was supposed to be nullified? Zoone poyera izi simple . Moti sukuwona kuti munthalika akuba ndalama za boma ndi anzake karim ration deal, chaponda mulli , uladi mussa you cant see a country is in dislocated position? Army or mkamanga si a MCP or UTM akugwira mtchito yoti chilungamo chiyende.. you cant macadet used by Dausi for polical violence sukutha kuona, ? Albino pano… Read more »
The Dick P has spoken …
I am prepared to dance to that music. The melody sounds better than the present one aren’t you? Ohoo shame a coward who allow others fight their wars. Brother we don’t care about collateral damages. Thats how changes are brought about. Nothing for us without us. This is the time. You can go and hid in the church if you are afraid and watch us spill blood for our beloved country. Do you think Inkosi Mberwa Inkosi Goman Orton Chirwa John Chilembwe were stupid to give their lives for this country. These are our heroes. We will emulate them anytime… Read more »
I love my military, not what other organisation are-puppets
A JOSE NDI CHITSIRU ASAMAWATENGERE AMALAWI PANTOSO
ACHITSIRU NDIPONSO PAMTUMBO PAWO amaganiza ngati MDF can be manupulated like them alemba madzi MDF ndi mbali ina imene ija it can not be controlled by mutharika