Malawi’s flagship newspaper, the Daily Times has gone to town on police for letting opposition members be assaulted by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in full view of the law enforcers.
In its Friday editorial comment, the newspaper says going back in history, it is like this country tolerates impunity by agents of ruling parties.
“In 2011, some people went around town in DPP branded vehicles brandishing machetes to threaten people from participating in the anti-government demos,” reads the comment in part.
The comment follows a complaint by member of parliament for Lilongwe north east Maxwell Thyolera who asked Home Affairs minister Grace Chiumia to explain whether the government has changed policy on dealing with mob justice.
Thyolera’s observation, which the Daily Times agrees with, is that there has been a spate of violent activities perpetrated by the DPP youth, which are called DPP cadets.
The recent being at Kamuzu International Airport when some people wearing DPP branded attire beat up a man in full view of the police who did nothing other than enjoying the violent show.
The newspaper says the police should know that their existence is to protect people other than being some spectators in situations like that at KIA.
The newspaper reminds the police that nobody in this country-whether he belongs to the ruling party or not-should be treated with deference when they have clearly broken the law. “The laws of this country must apply to everyone without looking at party colours or whatever.
“This country belongs to us all and no one should think they are above the law just by belonging to a party in government,” says the comment in part.
In conclusion, the newspaper strongly condemns political violence which it says does not have a place in civilised societies like Malawi.