MCP accuse Police IG of trying to clear DPP over ballot ‘arson’

The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has called for independent bodies to carry out special investigations over the fire which gutted Malawi Electoral Commission warehouse in Lilongwe in 2014 just a day before recounting of votes for the Lilongwe City South East constituency where the ruling DPP Bentry Namasasu was controversially declared winner  against the MCP’s candidate Ulemu Msungama.

MCP'S Kabwila addressing a news conference

MCP’S Kabwila addressing a news conference

MCP publicity secretary Jessie Kabwila, MCP director of elections Maxwell Thyolera, and Ulemu Msungama took turns  at a news conference in accusing the Inspector General of Police, Lexten Kachama for his comment.

Kachama in his year end message at Police headquarters in Lilongwe, ruled out arson in the fire
that gutted MEC warehouse. Kachama described the fire as mere accidental.

But reacting to the statement, Kabwila said the warehouse was deliberately touched by the regime agent  in order to disturb vote recounting and defeat justice.

Kabwila said the incident was a  product of  “fear and anger” which  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had against vote recounting.

“We all know that from the word go DPP was against vote recounting that is why they rushed to court and got stay order against the same and after the court ruling for recounting, the same people derailed the by-elections by going to the Supreme Court of appeal now it is very strange for the IG to come in to clear DPP? By the events here it shows the IG has an agenda of trying to clear DPP from the mess,” said Kabwira.

In his remarks, Ulemu Msungama said he was also very surprised when he heard from the IG comment that the fire and yet he well knew events which led to the fire.

Msungama said the IG was not in Malawi and he followed all the events.

He said the IG comment will jeopardise the outcome of the report since some of the people investigating and preparing the report are his officers who cannot work against his expectations.

During the inferno, several gas cylinders,  lamps which Malawi borrowed from Zimbabwe and a total of 1,500 ballot boxes were destroyed.

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MCP nayo tulo too much.Just after the last ended elections, they should have worked on a bill to change the electoral systems so that we dont suffer the way we are suffering now under these thugs and crooks.


Kachama is the most corrupt IG Malawi has even had.Amwenye onsewa ndi ma china amangopititsa masuitcase a ndalama kunyumba kwache thats why he is building in four places.IG wamtundu wanji amapita ku meeting ndi Randera kukakhala kuseri pochokera kumeneko waberekera kachikwama?Mbava yamunthu.Anayamba ali wa traffic ku Mzuzu

Nankumba. (VG)

Bwelesani umboni wanuo tiuone why mukulimbani ndi IG izi ndi zomwe wapeza. I hate MCP for noses everything

Mangochi west shodow MP

koma kumeneko
Electoral reform is the way out , but I don’t see happening mcp members especially NEC is too childish they are easily devided they are no longer a block kungowaonetsa ka sweet not even bans basi ayambapo kuukilana , DPP is in control of MCP thru opportunists MPs and members who think it should be them leading the party nobody else. Malawians are expecting MCP to bail them out of these problems but it can not happen in the absence of change of electoral laws /reform and you unity within the party . Kulibwino mudzikalimbilana u president muli mu boma… Read more »
Personally I do not see anything wrong with MCP reacting to IG’s comments. If MCP is to keep quite then it means we are comfortable with DPP behavior. I am much interested in Kalipinde’s comment. Mr Kalipinde, did you find out if MCP is not preparing for 2019 elections? Did you find out what DPP did during the recent by-elections? Do you know how much DPP siphoned from government coffers since 2007? Do you know how much corrupt is DPP? For me its good for MCP to react to such remarks from the whole IG. This is how we end… Read more »
Nenani Zoona

I hate DPP


watch out if electoral reform r not in place this is the beginning of dirty 2019 games these are players watch out MCP move swiftly


Boma la Dpp la ma mafias. They dont even know that they are ruling this cpuntry. they dont have a good policy for malawians
They just want to destroy,destroy and destroy. Do you think Peter is thinking positive of malawians. He hates us!!!!!

Prof Ralph Kamoto (PhD in Pant Politics)
Prof Ralph Kamoto (PhD in Pant Politics)

Kachama usamuke Ku Lilongwe. From now your home district is Thyolo kwa Goliath


This IG should simply join DPP. He is so daft. We all know what happened.

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