Lilongwe north east MP Maxwell Thyolera on Thursday accused the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets of beating opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members in full view of police officers.
Thyolera, who is also director of elections in the MCP, said this in parliament during question time.
He said an MCP member was beaten up during Chilembwe Day comemoration in Chiradzulu.
“The opposition members are beaten in full view of police, in the presence of the Head of State,” said Thyolera.
He also said another opposition member was beaten up at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe and the police took no action.
Home Affairs minister Grace Chiumia said the party should have reported the matter to a nearest police station.
MCP ‘s Dzoole Mwale , MP for Lilongwe Msozi South querried the Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Affairs.
“I think this is a serious issue. When we have a Presidential function, we are supposed to have heavy security provided by the police. Now, events are taking place, people are being beaten up in the presence of the police and yet the Minister is telling this House that when we, Members of Parliament, see somebody being beaten up we should rush to the police, when it just watches people being beaten up. Is that security? ”
Information minister Nicholas Dausi said during the Chilembwe Day incident that the MCP member was distributing party materials during the function, saying it was “illogical and inconceivable” to do that.
MCP deputy secretary general Eisenhowver Mkaka denied this allegation. The victim was treated as an outpatient at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.