Malawi army deny soldiers  recruitment excise benefitting MCP youth, warns against ‘fake news’

The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has condemned the growing tendency of spreading fake news against the institution amidst social media reports that alleged that the ongoing army recruitment excise is a fraud that has benefited Malawi Congress Party (MCP) youths and dependents of senior army officials.

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Major Paul Chiphwanya, MDF  Public Relations Officer has described the allegations as fake news that the army could not comment on. He has since advised and warned Malawians to detest the tendency of spreading fake news.

“These are just speculations and the army can’t comment on such allegations, Malawians should stop this tendency of just waking up and start spreading fake news that can affect the stability of the country,” said Chiphwanya.

The MDF recently released a list of people from all districts of the country to undergo interviews at different locations in all regions of the country from February 15 to February 24. However, while the list includes interviewees from all districts including the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party stronghold districts, the social media alleges that under qualified MCP Youths and dependents of Senior Army officers have been listed for recruitment.

The reports that quoted unnamed army sources, further allege that MDF Commander General Vincent Nundwe, who was re-instated as army general by President Lazarus Chakwera after former president Peter Mutharika removed him as army commander for the promoting professionalism in the army is an MCP operative. The reports allege Nundwe is working with the system to flood the military with soldiers loyal to the current regime.

Commenting on the state of fake news, Master Dicks Mfune a peace expert at the University of Malawi Chancellor College, said it was worrisome that some citizens have taken the social media as an avenue to spread misleading reports that could threaten the country’s national security and peace.

Mfune said it was obvious that the people that were spreading such false information were having an open agenda of making the current administration to look as it has failed to promote its own ideology of togetherness, but warned that this tendency was a threat to the country’s security.

“The people that are spreading such fake news are committing cybercrimes that could affect the country’s security, these people should also understand that they can easily be traced by cybersecurity experts,” said Mfune.

He condemned the people that are spreading fake news on the military establishment, saying the social media speculations should not involve military establishments.

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Atuganire
Atuganire
5 months ago

We all know it is true. Simply stop because it is very wrong.
Tabloids are never fake BUT are controversial.

Atuganire
Atuganire
5 months ago

No take news in journalism. We call it tabloids, more often very true BUT controversial. Moti abale any ku Army ndi ku Police simuwalemba mokondera????? That other Year where upon graduation kunachutika ntizi, we heard ana atatu a banja limozi anamwalira….no smoke without fire! When caught, simply change how you do things. Stop normalising the abnormally!

maganizo kaloza
5 months ago

I do not understand why you are wasting your time to refute these allegations.Even if you admit there is nothing we can do.You remember in the sate houses we have relatives including son in laws a thing which the big top man did not refute.It was said earlier on that this is a family government and who are we to say no do not do this.God knows


Wakwiya ndi kadeti
5 months ago

Dzikoli adawononga ndi Bingu and APM basi with their Lomwelization project. Whatever we do now we are just thinking along tribes and districts of origin. This is not the Malawi we wanted and we moved from the 20th century into the 21st Century. Africa and Malawi inclusive will not develop because of this mentality. Ana athu akulirira m’tauni and kwawo ku Nthalire, Mperembe, Nsanje etc sadziwako but stupid politicians like Bingu, Bakili and APM have taken us back. They are bandits.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
5 months ago

The bestvway is just to revert to that old system of recruiting people in the Districts on open grounds that is where merit will exist

Felixstowe
Felixstowe
5 months ago

It’s called freedom of speech and is enshrined in the constitution.

Alice
5 months ago
Reply to  Felixstowe

Freedom of speech is for everybody even those whom you attack have freedom too. It’s not only for you cyber criminals and journalists No. It’s time social media crimes must be taken to courts. It’s too much. You are destroying people’s lives. Published unverified news must be taken to courts, simple.

Lego
5 months ago
Reply to  Felixstowe

Freedom of speech does not mean you should spread fake news.Which school did you go?

William Chirwa
5 months ago

Who started the fake news here and what did we do then? We applauded and glorified it. Now it has come to haunt us. Lip service we will get the criminals till when brothers. Billions spent on re examinations but no one apprehended for peddling exams on the internet(whatsapp)

nock
5 months ago

kodi glass muli mazi kapena wine ndangofunsatu musayambe kundilonda

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
5 months ago
Reply to  nock

Good observation, it is a Wine glass but hopefully not a glass of wine kkkkkkk

Wadyapo
Wadyapo
5 months ago

Thats what happens when the army is led by a political hack.

Kumavalo Nsamaonetsa Nyoni
Kumavalo Nsamaonetsa Nyoni
5 months ago

That’s how it starts.

Before you know it,there will be a fully fledged MYP.

Malawi is a very inept country.

Voices were raised about the illegality of the court mandated election. Here we are now.Four years to go.

Even the month for elections was changed,a thing that MCP opposed,but have done exactly what they opposed.

Brace yourselves you will start being called Owukula Boma posachedwapa,being Malawians,you will start demonstrating against the perceived Owukula.

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