The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government through its spy-unit National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) has placed vice-president Saulos Chilima, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and social commentator Michael Usi under close watch, Nyasa Times can reveal.
Apart from deeply monitoring their daily lives, the three also top the list of those to be given blackout on State-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), thus according to confidential information we have sourced.
Chilima’s coverage of his activities has lately been erratic on the State broadcaster while Chakwera and Usi are not even given a platform.
Usi’s institution Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) was given cameo coverage last week when it donated K1.2 billion surgical and medical supplies to government, and surprisingly Usi was removed from the footage despite making the donation himself.
Nyasa Times can reveal that MBC employees have been ordered not to give platform to the three aside other notable politicians and social and political commentators, and that Chilima, Chakwera and Usi’s movements and communication are closely monitored by State spies.
We can also evidently reveal a clandestine plan by DPP operatives through State agencies to implicate the three in a series of corruption, fraud and sexual accusations with already identified women who are on government payroll.
“The Chakwera’s house allegation is just one of the issues to come out. Right now they are flipping every file at Airtel just to find some dirt on Chilima,” an NIB operative confided in Nyasa Times.
This week State House through its funded civil society organizations started calling for the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to probe Chakwera and just on Wednesday DPP released a strong worded statement attacking the leader of opposition.
Fears within DPP have escalated that Chakwera, Chilima and Usi are being given a spotlight and are outshining Mutharika eventually placing them as front-runners in the run to 2019 Tripartite Elections, and plans are being executed that their image is soiled.
NIB chief Elvis Thodi could not comment on security matters in the media.
Government spokesperson Nicolas Dausi, a former chief spy, could not immediately comment on the report.
However, he recently downplayed the reports about government’s moves to silence Chilima and other critics.
“That is not true! People get glory when they create stories of infighting bickering and all sorts of things,” argued Dausi.
Chilima was removed from heading Public Sector Reforms as he was getting more credit than Mutharika and now the party is out to take him down.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :