The ruling People’s Party (PP) has blamed opposition Democratic Progressice Party (DPP) youths for a savage attack on their supporters who were travelling to a development rally of President Joyce Banda at Goliati in Thyolo district on Tuesday.
The PP supporters were blocked by the DPP youth militia at at Chipendo village on our way to the venue of the rally.
The opposition youth barricaded the road with rock stones.
The youth claimed they refused the PP supporters passage on the road because it was constructed by late president Bingu wa Mutharika.
So far eight people, all of them PP members have been injured. Two were hospitalized due to the severity of injuries sustained following assaults.
One old woman sustained multiple head wounds.
“They were being stoned,” said an eye witness.
PP officials travelling with the President were appalled with the politically motivated violence.
But DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi denied party supporters were involved in the attack, saying this is a strategy being used by PP to discredit DPP and to create an impression that it is a violent party.
Dausi claimed it was “a stage-managed affair” by PP saying it was part of a well-orchestrated plan by government “to create noise” there is violence in Thyolo.
But Nyasa Times correspondent travelling to Thyolo said she saw DPP youth leaders commandeering the assaults.
Thyolo is the political bedrock of DPP where its acting president Peter Mutharika comes from.