Malawi opposition DPP pens President Laz over continued arrests 

Main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has officially written President Lazarus Chakwera that instead of embarking on a serious governance agenda, his Tonse Alliance government is arbitrary arresting and persecuting DPP members and sympathisers, requesting the new Head of State to seriously reconsider their position.

DPP nsecretary general Grezelder Jeffrey protests spate of arrests against party members

In a letter dated 13th July 2020 and signed by DPP secretary general, Gelzeder Jeffrey wa Jeffrey, whose copy Nyasa Times has seen, the former governing party says it is of the view that for the restoration of peace and stability in Malawi after the recent political turmoil, it was important for government to reach out to the DPP and other political parties to create a peaceful Malawi.

“We need to build mutual confidence and pursue dialogue to ensure political, social and economic development of the country.

“Indeed, in light of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the DPP would wish to encourage Your Excellency’s government to concentrate more on tackling the crisis to limit its human and economic impact than promoting hate-politics,” reads the letter in part.

The new government has embarked on a crackdown against corruption, theft and abuse of office offences, among others allegedly committed by members and sympathizers of the previous DPP government.

Among others, police have arrested DPP Central Region Governor David Kambalame, former president Peter Mutharika’s security aide Paulos Norman Chisale and former Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) second in-charge Roza Mbilizi.

In the letter, Jeffrey says DPP registers “its strongest disappointment over a spate of politically-motivated arrests that your Government has enacted over the last couple of days against members and sympathisers of our party”.

It reads: “We observe that the arrests have taken a form of vindictive rounding up of whoever is connected to the DPP without regard to evidence of wrongdoing. These arrests have nothing to do with the rule of law but borne out of hatred by the new Government against sympathisers of DPP and former President, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika. We would like to complain and condemn in the strongest terms possible this shocking display of hatred and blatant abuse of power by Your Excellency’s Government,” it reads.

According to the letter, the party expected the new government to immediately start implementing social and economic development initiatives based on the President’s campaign promises, as a priority, instead of arresting DPP members on politically-motivated charges.

“The DPP wishes to remind Your Excellency about what you said at your inauguration that you will be President for all Malawians who will focus on nation building and not vindictive politics. The DPP wishes to encourage you to walk your talk.

“The DPP does not believe that its leaders, members and sympathisers should be treated as sacred cows. We know we are equal under the laws of the land and we only demand to be treated as such. However, the way your Government is ill-treating DPP members suggests that you have now classified us as ‘second class citizens’ owing to our affiliation to the DPP,” claims Jeffery.

She informs President Chakwera that her party “is a big institution”, which played and still plays a critical role in entrenching and sustaining democracy in Malawi.

“The DPP will not be cowed into submission or relegated to the footnote of politics by any arbitrary arrests and intimidation by your Government and its agents.

“We are ready to play our rightful role in the entrenchment of our democracy through providing checks and balances to your Government. We, therefore, wish to urge Your Excellency to desist from the vindictive path that your Government has taken because it is counterproductive and retrogressive,” reads the letter.

On a lighter note and in conclusion, the DPP  secretary general wishes President Chakwera “continued good health and good luck as you manage state affairs”.

Jeffrey confirmed to have authored and dispatched the letter to President Chakwera “because we are seriously concerned”.

President Chakwera’s Executive Assistant Sean Kampondeni’s could not immediately comment.

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zenizeni
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zenizeni

All days are for the Thief and one day for the owner.Please indemnify Malawi,let the thieves pay back zonse muwasiye pamene anali asanayambe ndale…………….recieve your fruits no mercy.

mchisala
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mchisala

DPP and its supporters should blame shameless Mutharika for his zero-respect for the rule of law which most his ardent supporter adopted and led them to be victims of the long arm of the law!!!!

Zopusa ayi
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Zopusa ayi

Mfiti yaikazi, ikati nikupha imaphadi, nanga lero zasuluka?

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Chakwera’s speech was very loud and clear ” we can not build on rubbles, we need to clear them first”. Infact TONSE alliance is not arresting innocent people nor DPP members, but rather anyone who broke the constitution and anyone who stole something for Malawians……..so Griezeder please shutup your probosis and face the wrath of the law. You once said DPP is a system, use the system to protect yourself

olivier
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olivier

i see te letter from DPP secretary general as ill timely, those that are arrested have got cases to answer relating to corruption, and they are the people in top public offices. if Gelzeder is complaining that dpp members are arrested and she cannot see anything wrong about these people. is she a judge, does dpp encourage misusing of government funds, did dpp put people in powers so that they can steal money for the party. what actually is this woman trying to mean here. Someone not connected to ESCOM he goes there and withdraw 500 litres a day, someone… Read more »

NTCHANA
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NTCHANA

every penny should go back to where it was taken, these DPP idiots are pure devils, they milked this country without mercy, now this useless Wa Jefule is here saying that they are arresting innocent people, GO TO HELL WHERE YOU BELONG, Mr President you have Malawians blessings, arrest them all including APM if found to have committed a crime, we don’t care.

Pachalo
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Pachalo

The 60% that voted for Tonsel Alliance are very happy that the thieves from the DPP are being arrested! We call upon our President LMC to continue arresting the thieves! No mercy! This is the development that we want…arrest all looters and forfeit their assets! Go ACB ! Go Police…amangeni amenewa!! Mfiti yayikazi!!

Tadala
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Tadala

Basi msonkho wanga uja mungodya ulere basi. Ine olo nyumba ndilibe and yet chinsomkho chowawa mmandidula every month inu mkumagula galimoto ndi nyumba. Ayitu, Mbuye wanga aponyeleni chibomba a DPP. Akatha ma arrest-wa mukanthenso mbumba yawo yonse plus generations to come.

M Cheka Chilenje
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M Cheka Chilenje

don’t listen to these thieves Bwana President. Actually deregister this DPP tomorrow morning by 10 AM. These are thugs, please don’t play with with these pythons, they will bite u hard in 2025 if u don’t hit thier heads heads now.

Marumbo
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It’s your time MCP to show people how cruel you are. DPP treated both PP and MCP with dignity that’s why there were no political arrests all these years but in return you are doing all this to DPP? Remember, DPP has the ability to return to power and let’s hope you shall be happy to reap what you are sowing. Don’t be overexcited poti paja mundale anything can happen any time. Good luck.

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