Malawi VP Chilima says terror on opposition is State-sponsored: ‘DPP will be in for a surprise’

Vice President Saulos Chilima  has said that government has launched a campaign of organized terror and torture against opposition members in the run up to fresh elections, saying the spate of political violence if State –sponsored after a Cabinet resolution.

Chilima: Cabinet revolved to unleash political violence ahead of Malawi fresh elections

Chilima said this on Monday morning in a televised news conference from his UTM Party headquarters at Area 10 in Lilongwe.

He said DPP resolved to unleash political violence.

“The violence that we see today is sponsored and well coordinated,” he said.

A highly charged Chilima said the reign of terror is being orchestrated by the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) through its youth militia the Cadets because he said the party has failed to govern the country and are now using violence and intimidation to cling to power.

“Violence and intimidation is a form of vote rigging used by unpopular regimes to create fear in people and suppress opposition vote,” said Chilima.

He said President Peter Mutharika and DPP are enemies of Malawians as they are promoting politics of violence, tribalism and regionalism.

Chilima however said the regime will fail in their strategies as Malawians love unity and have a rich history to resist oppression during John Chilembe uprising, fight against colonialism and fight for multiparty democracy.

The estranged vice-president said the violence is an attempt to sabotage democratic change through the ballot.

“But their attempts will fail miserably. An injustice to one is an injustice to us all. Let us unite to reject these attempts and say enough is enough,” he said.

He said DPP has failed to use money to bribe judges who refused to sell their souls and the nation and also members of Parliament rejected bribery offers to side with Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioners.

He condemned the political thugs who attacked UTM Party branded vehicle assigned to the party’s Eastern Region director of women Shaheeda Hussein in the early hours of Sunday in Balaka District.

Hussein, a strong and pious Muslim lady who was attacked in the Holy Month of Ramadan while steadfastly observing the dictates of the religion she is devoted and loyal to.

“She is a powerless and defenceless woman who wronged no one. Her only crime was belonging to UTM. For that, DPP thugs believe is enough reason to terrorise and traumatize her. Such is the cowardice of those that sit in positions of power in this country – attacking women!

“This was followed with further mayhem unleashed on UTM supporters who provoked no one in Mulanje. Again, their only crime was supporting UTM,” said Chilima.

In his remarks, Chilima accused the DPP of waging a war on the people of Malawi.

“They intend to divide this country on tribe and region. Malawians, we must all refuse to be part of this nonsense. We must push back against this evil plan.

“My fellow Malawians, this is the fight of our generation. Just like our fore bearers fought against the racist white settlers and the colonialists, we must embrace this fight and fight back. And that we shall do,” he said.

Cutting a determined figure on camera, Chilima challenged President Mutharika and his DPP troops that they will be “in for a surprise!”

Meanwhile, Chancellor College political analyst Ernest Thindwa has said that the dramatic escalation of violence shows police have taken their partisan role in their law enforcement duties.

“DPP cadets fell they are above the police and they can do anything they wanted they cannot be reached by the law,” he observed.

Another political commentator and governance expert Henry Chingaipe said DPP cadets are “untouchable” by the police; hence they “act with impunity.”

In her speech during the launch of the official campaign period on Saturday, Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah cautioned political parties against using violence.

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Joloza
9 months ago

UTM yabetsa chipani. Shame

BigMan
BigMan
9 months ago

Surely to be a DPP supporter of this current regime and its actions is the height of stupidity.

mutharika thyolo
mutharika thyolo
9 months ago

musanamize amalawi mwana alindi nzeru onse chakwela ndi mutharika alibe nzeru ngati mwanai , ndipo ndiyekayo amene angate kuyendesa zikoli ifeyo amalawi nkuona tangible results kuti likupita pasogolo enawa amangokala mu office kumwa juice nde muziti ndi a sogoleri palibe chanzeru amayankulapo ayi nchito kungozisegela ku nsanjika , akudikila abele mavoti kenako azinama zintu zikuyenda bwino nziko muno, very stupid nchona machende ake ndala ameneyi

Joloza
9 months ago

Malawi has been burning from last year after elections. The centre and north were the epicenter of that violence. Chilima and Chakwera did not condemn the violence because it was perpetrated by their supporters. Schools, banks, businesses were burnt and looted in the north and centre and noone from opposition seemed to care. You failed your responsibility that time when innocent people lost their businesses. Now that it’s your supporters that are victims you are crying foul. If you were responsible opposition, where were you when your supporters were burning Malawi? You failed miserably. Now that it’s your Nissan NP200… Read more »

Lego
9 months ago
Reply to  Joloza

Another stupid and coward nicompoop fool

Pachalo
Pachalo
9 months ago

July 2…operation chotsa mbava! Kuzakhala kulira ndi kukukuta mano ma Cadet! We need a very strong ACB director so that all stolen wealth should be recovered from all the cadets!
There will be need to drain the MACRA, MRA and ESCOM swamps of all of THEM! You know them…the ones who were employed just because of their tribe!

Thumbwe boy
9 months ago

When the supreme court removes your corrupt MEC, when it endorses the concourt ruling ndipamene munve kuwawa makadeti. A new MEC muziwanso

Phuma kachilima.
9 months ago

How many shops and cars and property has chilima destroyed over the past 11 months through demos? How many people has chilima killed with his MCP and HRDC? Lero ndiye aziwoneka ngati he is not violent? Amalawi musapusitsike naye Arafat Hamdan yu. He is vocal, temperamental, harsh, brutal, non-forgiving, destructive and selfish. Chilima does not have qualities of a good leader at all. Ngwaphuma munthuyu. Pajatu kwawo ndikumpanyira kwa nkhondo tisaiwale.

Nyekhwe ijatu ndiimeneyi Mr Hamdan.

Mofolo
Mofolo
9 months ago

Bambo Chilima kumbukilani chaka chatha mukutitsanzika Kwa Kauma kuti mukupita ku State House kumayiloza nyumba ya Boma. Lero mukuti muli pamgwirizano ndi MCP kufuna kuwabwezela a Malawi Ku one party system of democracy. Toto takana mkamwa mwa kongiresi sapita kawiri

ChakweraSaulosi
ChakweraSaulosi
9 months ago

A Chilima inu mukutaya nthawi. If you failed to win the election last year forget about i.t. After all pomp and fun last year, your UTM party only got 4 MPS. That explains a lot kuti you dont have structures pa Malawi. Anthu anakuuzani kuti mwafulumira. Now you destroyed your party by joining the MTAMBO/CHAKWERA sponsored demos that destroyed the country. Your Party Lost steam. Pano tikumva pa ZODIAK Kuti you will not stand . We told you before kuti UTM is a tiny-briefcase party which cant stand alone . Kutha kwa UTM . Mumabisa MEC yaulula kale . Mwaithawa… Read more »

Mimi Mac
Mimi Mac
9 months ago

Null and void elections by the way DPP has never won. Rigging all the way Malawi is destroyed and not developed because of greedy corrupted people. Put tools down Mr 80 plus president. Colonial leader. Look at hospitals market places roads safety lights on the roads just a few have mentioned PATHETIC

Nathenje reloaded
9 months ago

Not one alliance or Mcp flag on site. He he he

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