Malawi to be peaceful again, disarm the DPP cadets

Malawians know very well that Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda was a very powerful leader, who could not accept any suggestion detrimental to his leadership.

DPP cadets have a history of abductions and killings. Party cadets brandishing pangas a day before the July 20 2011 demonstrations

But, surprisingly, Kamuzu listened and accepted the call by Malawians to end one-party system of government and introduce multiparty democracy. Although Kamuzu had all the power not to accept the referendum results in 1993, he obviously realised that the end of his one-party dictatorship had come and there was no need to resist change. Then he organised a smooth transition to multiparty government.

Dictatorship aside, peaceful transition to multiparty democracy earned Dr Banda a rare credit which cannot be taken away from him. What also earned him credit was the spirit of hard work, honesty and discipline that he instilled in Malawians. Back-door deals, corruption and abuse of taxpayers’ money were totally unacceptable.

Security in the country was one of Kamuzu’s credits. Those were the days one could leave items outside the house overnight and could be found in the morning. This is not the case today.

Meanwhile, it must be mentioned that, during the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) rule, the party had its own youth wing—the Malawi Young Pioneers (MYP). While these were trained in handling guns, this was under strict control and the MYPs were not seen moving about with guns. The same was the case with the Police and Malawi Defence Force.

The situation in Malawi now is the direct opposite. There is total security breakdown. Under President Peter Mutharika, the youth wing of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), called cadets, even roam about displaying guns, pangas and any other lethal weapons. The media usually carries such displays.

Most Malawians have commented about this, but the President and his government have not spoken anything against such militias. It goes without saying that such habits of roaming the streets armed with lethal weapons, definitely shows that there is a government which does not care about the security of its people.

For the first time in the history of independent Malawi, people’s homes, offices and cars are being petrol bombed. One wonders where these bombs are coming from and if there was a caring government, by now it would have investigated and found control measures before every Malawian becomes a victim.

Investigations would have also gone as far as the whereabouts of those guns people allegedly snatched from the police during demonstrations. If the guns are still in the communities, people will use them for armed robbery.

In fact, Malawi is no longer as peaceful as it used to be in the past. Imagine, during the recent meeting which took place at Lilongwe Crossroads Hotel between the Attorney General and Human Rights Defenders (HRDC), people allegedly chased away some men who were aiming at bombing a car belonging to HRDC. Surprisingly, it was civilians who chased away the alleged bombers while the police were reportedly just watching. Without doubt, these suspected bombers were testing the security of this country. The fact that they attempted to bomb a car in broadday light, says a lot about security in the country.

The President should know better that for Malawi to be peaceful again, he must disarm the DPP cadets and any other groups which the law does not mandate to be armed. Therefore, there is urgent need for another ‘Operation Bwezani’. Only official security organisations such as MDF and Police must be armed.

Malawians must know that having armed groups is a catalyst of civil unrest. Malawi is not ready for that.

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Sillica Gell
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Sillica Gell

disarmament yazikwanje? mwasowazopanga disarm.

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya

Lazembe,I wish I would give you the name of the guy who gave me the information you require but,he strongly refused as this could destroy his university career as he is completing very soon.Not only you who required the materials.Iam sorry for that but,Iwll still work for that.LONG LIVE OUR FATHERLAND MALAWI.

Kennedy
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Kennedy

The matter of fact is that peter is sn old fool controlled by greedy guys. Peter is dead he follows those who are corrupt and blind. Dpp started well come second term of bingu things went from bad to worse today its matter of time before they test their own medicin..

Mercie
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Mercie

A well written piece. HKB did not allow nonsense . Corruption and bank robberies were unheard of during his reign. These DPP desperados will go to any extreme to hang on to power. It is just a matter of time when the prince of thieves will be sent packing and then be held accountable for his deeds. Very soon our country will be free and peaceful again. Mutharika has done nothing but bring chaos, division and looting of public resources. We will hold him and his cadres accountable. The noose is tightening.

Iantana
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Iantana

The Material has run away from relevance because it is centered on criticising DPP led Government and seem to favour the Old Regime which is essence was not listening as you put it. However we are not condoning, Corruption, Looting and Nepotism

Vinjenje
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Vinjenje

This Zungwara has turned Malawi into a banana Republic.

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

It is the duty of military to disarm these rebels called DPP cadets as they disarmed MYP rebels. The parliamentarians can also disarm these rebels by having security act where authorised security organisations should be allowed to operate in this country.

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya

I have to add Orton Chirwa,who formed the Malawi Congress Party and became its President.Orton Chirwa was killed in cold blood by Dr Ntaba by using rethal enjection on Chirwa’s body at Zomba criminal prison.

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya

I have known Emily Kamanga in the early sixties but,we parted in 1964 during the famaous crisis when the most brilliant and patriotic first Ministers viz: Kanyama Chiume,Masauko Chipembere,Yatuta Chisiza,Dunduzu Chisiza,Willy Chokani,Augustine Bwanausi and Rose Chiwambo,rose against Banda for kneeling again to the colonialists who misruled us for centuries.I remember very vividly when we were exchanging views on the crisis and she was frontright condemning Banda as a stooge of the imperialists.What has made her today to support the MCP which is led by an opportunistic man of God turn politician because of finances.Chakwera,take a lesson from the real man… Read more »

Omex70
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Omex70

@winston Msowoya, I find your reasoning very wanting….

Chimbwi mtuwa
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Chimbwi mtuwa

i think u are not serious and it seems there is something u want in your favour from the governing party .Do you think Northerners have stopped being treated by ur corrupt and nepotism government , kambani zina osati mzitisokotsera pano

BIG P
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BIG P

Let’s​ we call some great men we’re fighting for the worriers, but is our idiot a hello?