MCP distances itself from Capital Hill ‘take over’:  Opposition warned against being driven by anger in its reactions

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has distanced itself from actions of party cadres who literally took over Capital Hill on Tuesday and forced civil servants out of their offices.

The MCP supporters blocked the main entry to Capital Hill
Protest at Capital Hill over electoral results 

The protesters’ march from MCP headquarters at City Centre to government’s seat was themed Mutharika Must Fall and meant to exert pressure on President Peter Mutharika, who has been sworn-in for a second five-year term of office, to step down.

MCP publicity secretary said party leadership did not sanction any member of the party to invade Capital Hill,  the seat of government and disrupt business there.

“What the leadership of the party has been calling for are peaceful protests,” said Munthali.

The marchers included MCP deputy campaign director George Zulu, re-elected Lilongwe City South East parliamentarian Ulemu Msungama and newly elected Lilongwe City Centre legislator Alfred Jiya.

Munthali, however did not say if disciplinary action would be taken against the protest leaders who sanction the cadres to intimidate civil servants at Capital Hill.

He said the position of the party was declared by MCP president Lazarus Chakwera on Friday that they  would pursue its case through the court while ensuring that law and order reigns.

The MCP action also annoyed Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) which condemned what it described as “the harassment” of its members whom it says were not elected.

The Union has strongly condemned the picketing at Capital Hill, saying civil servants serve the government of the day and Malawians at large.

In a statement issued last evening and seen by Nyasa Times, CSTU general secretary Madalitso Njolomole said civil servants are not elected officials but they serve the government as well as all Malawians.

Reads the statement in part: “CSTU is urging all civil servants to continue with their daily responsibilities at their working place.”

Chief secretary to government Lloyd Muhara said the law would take its course against those who invade and disrupt government business at the seat of government.

Adding his voice in quotes reported in the press, social and political commentator Rafiq Hajat said shutting down Capital Hill was not in the best interests of the country as the action could negatively impact on delivery of services.

He said: “Given that MCP has launched a case in court, by going to Capital Hill they clearly lost the plot. MCP is entitled to peacefully demonstrate, but not to cripple the government.”

Hajat warned MCP leadership against being driven by anger in its reactions.

While commending police for exercising restraint throughout, he advised MCP leadership to find other ways for their supporters to express their frustrations than shutting down the government.

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tosh
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tosh

WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT TILL MUTHARIKA KNEELS DOWN, NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER

mtete
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mtete

Njauju, Chasowa, Matafale, Lule, Albinos were not murdered by MCP. In any case the MCP you are frothing about went with the wind in 1993. Some people are so full as not to know this.

patriotic malawian
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patriotic malawian

Those that invaded capital hill are mcp supporters. Musakanebso apa. Such savagely act has exposed you as a party of evil and darkness. If police or army were to use force akanakukunthani bad. Try again. Why is the party so desperate? Kufuna kukaba ? Cant you see UTM ? Very quiet and smart. Inutu si amene munawina koma Chilima.

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
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Anzelu ndi Anzelu

There is something about MCP that is very wrong. It’s like this party has bad luck or it is cursed. No matter how much they try to change leadership and win elections, it seems there are serious spiritual issues that must be cleansed. It’s like God or mizimu or the spirits of those they murdered is haunting them big time. Anthu awa akuyenela kulapa zedi. Kulapa ndithu, kukwela maphili, kusala chakudya komanso kupasidwa deliverance yatunthu. Maybe then tsoka lichoka. Dr Chakwera was a breath of fresh air in a mortuary called MCP koma the dead bodies are stinking and overwhelming… Read more »

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

Apa mwakamba za nzeru zokhazokha.

Mfutumalo
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Mfutumalo

There is no clean party. MCP is no worse than the rest if they had ruled in that era. It was politics of the time and it served purpose. What I think MCP lacks is harnessing their potential. It seems their central region block of votes is their undoing. It serves them well enough to make them not want to seek the winning formula. They want to win with that block alone. Kamuzu was a leader of a national party. His central committee was not chews at all. Chipembere, Kanyama, Aleke, Kumtumanji, Lubani. The MCP of today would almost pass… Read more »

Jamax
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Jamax

Paja makolo awo anali mu MYP so please take care this is just part of what MCP is – even if someone is pregnant they still beat her to hell.kkk!!!

Don Dada
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Don Dada

Musova. Ndipo mawa tikukayenda ku Mzuzu

Satana Chakwera
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Nkhanza za MCP now perfectly exposed.

Gome
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Gome

Call it nkhaza but we are fighting for your freedom. Until this land is freed from these thieves there shall be no peace

critical thinker
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critical thinker

chicken cerebrum.

Binwell Matabwa
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Binwell Matabwa

I am told MYP and Malawi Congress Youth Leagues are back. They are strategizing to overthrow the government by ambushing the Malawi Army and the Police. They were meeting in Zambia at a hotel last week where they are also trying to lobby support from Sudanese and Mocambique Rebels. The Bloodshed Chakwera talked about is real and is soon to come. MCP we should remember is founded on a Paramilitary basis. The MYP was a warrior faction trained in Israel and had powerful weapons than the Army. MCP if it were in advanced countries, it should have been outlawed or… Read more »

Mandado@147
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You so full of shit! You looking for fame writting this BS?

Gome
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Gome

All myp members are now with DPP. DPP took all of them just ask Henry Mussa and Dausi

Illegal President
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Illegal President

Ndie poti nawo asilikali ali ready zikhala bwanji? Ine mantha.

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Sounds like a silly cow. Which advanced country are you talking about?

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

Reveal your source to justify your reasoning on this forum and also to drive the point home that what you have stated is credible..

Kwan'gwgwa
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Kwan'gwgwa

Vuto la Nyau ndi limeneli. Pano ayamba kumakanana.

Kwan'gwgwa
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Kwan'gwgwa

Vuto la Nyau ndi limeneli