Malawians critique Mutharika’s reaction to political violence

Malawians have taken up on social media to criticize President Peter Mutharika for failing to address the issue of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadets in his statement over the increasing incidents of political violence.

President Peter Mutharika: Has condemned violence,  politically-related  or criminal acts

Mutharika, through his press secretary, Mgeme Kalilani, says in a statement that he will not tolerate any violence, whether political or purely criminal.

“What is even more worrying is the fact that some of such violence has been targeted at women.  President Mutharika abhors lawlessness. The President, as a He-for-she champion, will not tolerate any acts deliberately calculated at humiliating women on the political space and creating politics of anarchy,” reads the statement in part.

However, Mutharika fails to directly to condemn the DPP rough necks who are the perpetrators of the violence and their masters, who are mostly top DPP officials.

Esau Chunda says in a Facebook post that what Mutharika has said is just a smokescreen.

“Why is he condemning now, a week after the incident occurred? Where was he all this time? I think he has been forced to issue a statement because of the pressure from the Women in Politics movement,” reads part of the post.

David Njala Banda accuses the President of shielding DPP cadets and their paymasters.

“We all know that the DPP cadets cannot act on  their own. It is the party that is sponsoring them,” reads part of Banda’s post.

Political party leaders and civil rights activists who were the first to condemn the violence are yet to comment on Mutharika’s statement.

But Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera has maintained that  DPP is responsible of masterminding rising cases of political violence and that it should not deny this.

The MCP president and leader of opposition said the DPP rough necks have become so brazen and emboldened in their attacks that they do it all over the country, saying they do it on any opposition party; they do it without restraint and they do it with intent of inflicting maximum damage and instilling terror.

“At times, they have done it in full view of police officers and the State President and the State vice president, fully confident that they are above the law and immune from prosecution,” said the MCP leader.

This year alone, roughnecks suspected to be DPP youth cadets have assaulted UTM director of youth Bon Kalindo in Mulanje, harassed and forced UTM supporters—including a woman—to undress in Mangochi and beat up Malawi Congress Party (MCP) operative Edward Govati in Blantyre.

“It is ruling party cadets who have severely beaten up Mr. Govati of MCP at his home last night in Blantyre. It is ruling party cadets who stripped members of UTM in Mangochi. It is ruling party cadets who threatened me and my delegation with violence and barred us from attending the Chilembwe Memorial in Chiradzulu. It is ruling party cadets who disrupted a UTM meeting in Mulanje. It is ruling party cadets who disrupted the very house of parliament in Lilongwe,” said Chakwera.

Towards the end of last year, MEC led by its chairperson Jane Ansah engaged political leaders—including Mutharika, Vice-President Saulos Chilima, MCP president Lazarus Chakwera, Joyce Banda of PP and Atupele Muluzi of United Democratic Front (UDF)—in face-to-face meetings to commit to an issue-based and violence-free election campaign to ensure a free, fair and credible election.

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Apumbwa
Apumbwa
1 year ago

Maliseche ndi Maliseche basi

KALYOTO
KALYOTO
1 year ago

Munthu wopanda mano angakhale ndi nzeru?

mtete
mtete
1 year ago

APM has lost it. He should have taken the opportunity to strongly condemned brutal acts by DPP cadets. This way, he would have restored confidence in some. few Malawians who still have a thread of support for DPP. But our president is not in control and greatly fears the so-called cadets who control him instead, for whatever reason. The DPP roughnecks have become so bold that they can commit brutal acts in full view of police, even the President as was the case last year when the savages invaded Parliament, disrupting proceedings in the process. The president must know the… Read more »

VOTEPOWER
VOTEPOWER
1 year ago

we dealt with real cadets a pioneer with bases and guns ndiye mbuzi zimenezi sinkhani…..its just matter of time

bwampini
bwampini
1 year ago

Dpp youth, your time is up. mupitira limodzi ndi a dad anu opanda mano mkamwawo. Political intolerance zowona as if we are still in single party system.

Moya
Moya
1 year ago

These are Dpp cadets and they doing it for him and he is part of the plan so u expect the devil to condemn his own plan? Shut up people!…we need to condemn Peter plus voting him out, he is the perpetrator and he is smiling everytime some one is beaten or injured.

Bhaji
1 year ago

Udf + dpp partnership has not helped Malawians !!!

M'malawi okwiya
M'malawi okwiya
1 year ago

Amalawi ndi okhumudwa ndikhalidwe la President polekelera macadet kuti azivutisa anthu,anthu akufuna kumva a president akulankhula ndipakamwa pawo osati mgeme kalilani .mgeme amakana nkhani chonsecho nkhaniyo ili yowona,macadet sanaitanidwe Ku state house kukamwesa mowa ndikwapasa matisheti ndi k20,000?mgeme atafusidwa sanakane?chonsecho zili zoona DPP my foot

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
1 year ago

Musamati amalawi ngati ndi tonse. Muziti ena mwa amalawi, ndi okhumudwa.

Mgb
Mgb
1 year ago

Zitsiru ngati macadete omwewo ndi omwe sanakhumudwe chifukwa ndinu mukuwatuma kuti azimenya anthu

M'malawi weniweni
M'malawi weniweni
1 year ago

@JJ Mbewe you are one of the cadets nde sungakhale nawo okhumudwa……..perhaps they should also probe you mwina unali nawo pagulu la anthu achipolowewo ku Mangochiko. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Thinktank
Thinktank
1 year ago

Too bad you think this is normal….this thing called dpp govt is thriving on blind loyalty of people like you ..

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
1 year ago

ena mwa aMalawi oposa ana votela DPP

jonas
jonas
1 year ago

Join the discussion…MAYAKHULIDWE ANU SALI BWINO MUKUKOLEZERA

Big
Big
1 year ago

Wakalamba nkuluyu akapume

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