MCP condemned for abusing DPP lawmakers

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Monday received condemnation after its members heckled newly elected MPs for ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) during the swearing-in ceremony in the capital Lilongwe,

The MCP members clad in their party clothes jeered the Dowa Central constituency MP Jean Kalilani as she walked to take her oath.

Kalirani, who is DPP secretary general was abused with chants of wakuba! wakuba!’ (Thief in reference to the disputed election results).

Kalindo takes his oath.-Photo by  Lisa Vintulla, Mana
Kalindo takes his oath.-Photo by Lisa Vintulla, Mana
MCP supporters laid down party cloths for Chakwera
MCP supporters laid down party cloths for Chakwera

Among those who faced the wrath of MCP supporters was MP for Mulanje South and comedian Bon ‘Winiko’ Kalindo.

Kalindo had to be rescued from being pushed and shoved as he ascended the steps to the Parliament building.

DPP accused MCP of planning the abuses.

Kalindo, who is DPP deputy spokesman, said MCP official should have intervened to calm their members but their failure to do so “is a confirmation that this was planned.”

He said Parliament was not the right forum for MCP to whinge about their electoral loss.

MCP members reportedly also manhandled Blantyre City South independent MP Allan Ngumuya – who aligns himself to DPP.

Meanwhile, Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has categorically condemned the barbaric and retrogressive acts displayed by MCP supporters today.

Spokesperson for MCP, Dr Jessie Kabwila, said their supporters came to Parliament to escort their party president but also for the members whose vote was stolen to their displeasure.

However, MCP supporters who were denied entry into the parliament building for wearing casual clothing vented their anger on lawmakers from the ruling DPP.

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