Malawi army soldiers warn DPP against firing new General Nundwe

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers in barracks are warning the appointing authority against plans to fire the recently appointed Army Commander General Vincent Nundwe over ‘lack of support to the ruling Democratic progressive Party (DPP)’.

A suspected DPP cadet detained by MDF soldiersMDF capture a violent DPP cadet
Nundwe: Let the people demonstrate, after all that’s their right, but they should not infringe on other people’s rights and damage property

Insiders said  President Peter Mutharika was discussing the issue with some of his inner circle crew on a possible replacement for Nundwe.

MDF soldiers mercilessly beat up DPP cadets  including known cadets such as Mnthandizi Ward councillor in Blantyre Bangwe Constituency, Isaac Jomo Osman, who were causing havoc by beating innocent people suspecting them to be demonstrators at the Chichiri Shopping Mall in Blantyre Thursday morning.

The soldiers forced the cadets into their white Landrover which was parked near Game Stores and fled the area after receiving a good beating, a leaked video of the incident can show.

“This incident did not go down well with some DPP gurus who are now pushing Mutharika to fire Nundwe, who he just appointed two weeks ago after some sections of the Army expressed disappointment with the then Army Commander Griffin Supuni-Phiri,” said the source.

Government insiders corroborated the story saying the matter was discussed at Sanjika Palace between some party officials and Mutharika.

“The party gurus feel Nundwe should be removed to send a strong message that Mutharika is indeed in control of things in the country. They said it was embarrassing that the soldiers beat up members of the ruling party in public and this is viewed like Mutharika is not in control,” said the source.

Military sources said Mutharika is looking at the profiles of Colonel Blaise Saenda, Commander of the 93rd Brigade and Lieutenant General Clement Namangale, Deputy Army Commander (Administration) to replace Nundwe.

“Namangale would be a great candidate but he comes from the Lhomwe belt and this may incense some people who accuse DPP of nepotism. Saenda too was close to Supuni-Phiri and was offered a post of Defence attaché at the United Nations in New York by Supuni-Phiri, so this may also not work in his favour. They are caught between a rock and a hard place,” said Nyasa Times military sources [Names shielded].

Nundwe is said to have massive support of junior soldiers and any plans to unceremoniously remove him will have some reaction from the soldiers and President Mutharika has been advised to be cautious when dealing with this matter.

Soon after his appointment, Nundwe said people are free to demonstrate as long as they do not trample upon the rights of others and assured that the Army will protect Malawians and property from both outside and inside forces.

Nundwe said people have a right to demonstrate when aggrieved and no one should infringe on anyone’s right since Malawi is a democratic State.

“My priority is, first of all, to ensure that Malawi is sovereign. I will also ensure that Malawi is peaceful. The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) will protect everyone without considering their tribe or anything,” he said.

One of the victims of  DPP the terror at the shopping mall included Chitawira resident Maness Nyirongo who sustained bruises in the face ,commended the soldiers for being the ‘people’s army’.

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Peace

This story is the work of weird imagination of Nyasa Times or whosoever made this black and white dream! The President is smart enough and very patient on making decisions. If there were to be a problem with General Nundwe to be Army Commander, trust me, APM would not have picked him at all. This song of nepotism is sung but without melody for its purpose is to confuse Malawians. What I see is merit in practice. Look, Mwanamveka was made Finance Minister to relieve ol’man GG, but the former is under the leash of the latter as the Adviser!… Read more »

Dziko
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Dziko

Dont even try it buddy muona zoda mutu!!

Nameless
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Nameless

Muthalika u can mess with anyone else u want but not with MDF! If u tried u u will regret it am telling u. Despite called commander – in chief but u got be very careful on that. I warn you.

TOSH
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MDF is another side its not POLICE ayerekeze kupanga zopusa zakezo PITALA MUTHARIKA ndiye AYIWONA BATTALION

kaukonde
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kaukonde

elsrwhere armies have never won any war with civilians. Ask the american what they saw in vietnam and somalia. people are just excesising restrain.

Charie
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Charie

Fire him akayamwe za ndale

Kondwani
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Kondwani

Zoona

kaukonde
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kaukonde

these soldiers are cowards. why dont they deploy on lake Malawi to fight the Tanzanians. We fought them in Mulanje mountain and they fled.

Sure
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Sure

Kakaunde ndiwe opusa kaya you need wake up … don’t love president poti ndi mulhomwe iweso mulhomwe no.. tawona saenda bdi mulhomwe namangale mulhomweso nde chani?

We need proper justice in Malawi mr saenda and namangale are educated they are supposed to distroye their reputation ndi za ziii… look Nundwe educated koma mtima weni weni wa utsogoleri without corruption this man have….

Alhomwe be careful dziko latonse ili … stop nonsense…Timakukondani

GANTA
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GANTA

NDIIWE GALU KWABASI

TIPPEX
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TIPPEX

Bravo! Nundwe

Richie
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DPP is happy with Nundwe
The soldiers are there to keep peace
And that is what is happening
Don’t instigate hatred

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

Thank you very much the leaders of our Pan-Africanist Armed Forces for protecting General Nundwe from Muthalika’s brutal thugs.We of the Malawian diasporas are strongly besides you brothers and sisters, to shaw your Pan-Africanism and indeed,your bravely,has us here in Canada support you with our dear love that has shawn patriotism through out Southern Afrrica.Muthalika and his running dogs have immensively stollen a big chunk of Malawi’s public funds for their own interests,while our hard-working people are starving together with their children and the elderly.Mind you,Peter and his late corrupt brother Bingu,have stolen a big chunk of Malawi’s peoples’ wealth.We,in… Read more »

Nzika
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Nzika

Why does stupid Mutharika and his silly party gurus want the cadets to be treated with kid-gloves & given preference while the opposion who find themselves in similar circumstances are harrassed & put behind bars? Does Mutharika know how we attained multi-party politics? Where was he then? As a learned professor as he claims to be, does he know & understand what the term multi-party means? Mutharika is indeed not in control as he cannot advise his unruly cadets, but instead, he funds their activities of harassing the oposition through his gready gurus. Whatever he does comes from those people… Read more »

Kalumadazi
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Ndinu opepela…imwani madzi.. mudziluma