Malawi police queried for breaking up churches but protect DPP-UDF supporters at rally

The neutrality and professionalism of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) have come under serious public scrutiny again after law enforcers fired teargas to disperse spaciously-seated congregants at St. Louis Catholic Parish in Balaka on Sunday morning.

Malawi Police questioned for disrupting Eucharist Mass

Ironically, the police happily provided security to densely-seated supporters of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and  its alliance partner United Democratic Front (UDF) who attended a public rally at Balaka Stadium a few days ago.

The meeting, which attracted over 200 DPP and UDF supporters, was addressed by the Minister of Labour, Skills and Innovation, Lilian Patel, addressed alongside Minister of Persons with Disability and the Elderly, Clement Chiwaya.

Throughout the rally, DPP and UDF supporters defied social distancing order, yet the police did nothing to enforce measures to prevent or protect the supporters from the threat of virus pandemic.

But when the Catholics spaciously-gathered Sunday of April 26, 2020, to seek the face of God in the wake of the pandemic, the police cracked whip on the unsuspecting faithful.

The development prompted renowned Malawian musician and former member of Parliament (MP) Balaka North constituency, Lucius Banda, to question police neutrality and professionalism when enforcing orders to contain the pandemic.

“I wonder why they didn’t do the same at the stadium a few days ago,” Banda, who is UTM Party director of campaign,  wonders in his post on his Facebook account.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, in an earlier interview, also wondered whether the waiving of the anti-COVID-19 measures on DPP and UDF supporters at the Balaka Stadium rally meant the suspension of the measures to allow all political parties to conduct campaign rallies in preparation for the fresh presidential election slated for July 2, 2020.

Apart from Catholic, police also forced  Christian worshipers away from churches of  Anglican in Balaka, Church of Central Africa Presbytery (CCAP) and Church of Christ.

Church of Christ Pastor McDonald Chisale, ppealed to the government to allow the church to remain open, saying it gave hope in times like these.

“COVID-19 will not survive the prayers of the church. We need to talk to God more through prayers; we are saddened by this restriction,” said Chisale.

But Eastern Region Police Public Relations Officer Joseph Sauka said worshipers will have to bear with the situation as the government fights the coronavirus.

“This will apply across the eastern region and it is not only targeting prayer houses, but it includes bars and bottle stores,” he said.

Observers say said the fear around the Covid-19 could be more devastating than the disease itself if not well managed.

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Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
10 months ago

Churches should be closed period. So should all public gatherings in general. What’s wrong with us Malawians?

Jerusalem Bible College
Jerusalem Bible College
10 months ago

So after voting for DPP, giving full support to it in Balaka this how u pay us Bwana Muthalika?

Munthu Mulala
Munthu Mulala
10 months ago

But why is this happening in Balaka alone?something is wrong with the commisioner of Police for the eastern region.

VYOTO
VYOTO
10 months ago

what else can one expect when the Police is headed by a die hard DPP supporter? Professionalism and neutrality are thrown to the dust bin.

John
John
10 months ago

Mmmmmmm God is watching. Will see.

DPP is Doomed
DPP is Doomed
10 months ago

That’s proof that the government is lying about coronavirus in Malawi. How come social distancing doesn’t apply to DPP and UDF? They are the ones preaching about the deadly virus yet they’re not scared of it? Adzigwiritsa okha. There’s NO Covid~19 in Malawi and proof is the DPP /UDF rally. Musatinamizepo apa agalu inu.

CADET NO. 1
10 months ago

Kukuonelerani Inu kumwerako ndi kufatsa kwanuko, koma mistake imeneyo sangapange ku ma churches aku mpoto kapenanso pakati azaona mbwaza.

Omex70
Omex70
10 months ago
Reply to  CADET NO. 1

Osati kufatsa koma kupepela

Chriss
Chriss
10 months ago

Pajatu chipani chafiti

Maunits
Maunits
10 months ago

DPP UDF Yatha. This is sad. A Police amene mukuchita izi konzekani pa mawapano

Gift
Gift
10 months ago

Don’t remind me what happened in 2012. Mipingo si yolimbana nayo

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