Mia says MCP will not succumb to DPP intimidation

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) vice-president Mohammed Sidik Mia has said they are now more determined than ever to fight the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in next year’s elections after police used teargas and fired bullets in the air to disperse the party gathering  in Blantyre .

MCP vice president Sidik Mia and his wife Abida: We will not be intimidated

MCP supporters in Blantyre were fired teargas

MCP was distributing party cloth in Blantyre

Detectives who disrupted MCP meeting

Police fired teargas canisters and  bullets  when Mia was distributing MCP cloth to supporters in Blantyre after he addressed them in down town the commercial city.

Mia said he will stick it out despite the intimidation from the DPP.

“If the idea was to scare us into submission then it has failed,” said defiant Mia.

“This is unfortunate. We are a democratic country and people should be free to assemble. There was no violence and the police did not even warn the people that they should leave. Without any prior warning they just came and started firing teargas. That was very unprofessional,” he said.

Mia said what the police did to disrupt their peaceful meeting is an informal attempt to ban MCP, the people’s freedoms of assembly, movement and association.

He said MCP will remain focussed on the struggle for democratic change in the country.

“We will not be swayed by desperate actions by a desperate political party,” he said.

The distruption of MCP meeting comes after  13  opposition political parties, including People’s Party (PP) and Alliance for Democracy (Aford), have warned President Peter Mutharika’s administration against repressive actions and persecutions reminiscent of the one-party State.

In a statement seen by Nyasa Times in the wake of what they described as “entrenched and overreaching tendency” by the regime to harass critics using State agents such as Malawi Police Service (MPS) and Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), the parties noted that Mutharika’s administration was showing traits of a one party regime.

The parties that  include Progressive People’s Movement (PPM), Malawi Forum for Unity and Development (Mafunde), People’s Transformation (Petra) and Assembly for Democracy and Development (ADD) have appealed to the international community and donors to step up their scrutiny over the Mutharika’s regime because “democratic gains previously made have been considerably depleted”.

Malawi government spokesperson Nicholas Dausi has dismissed the accusations.

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santana
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santana

After losing the 5 previous elections MCP still think it has brought the magic in the 2019 elections. The same old TIWINA song.

ndatopa
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ndatopa

all these old parties must go they have failed mother Malawi miserably!!!! we need new political fabric

Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

Illegal gathering must be dispersed forth with by police. Malawians must not allow some individuals to be big headed to the extent of gathering people anywhere they want. Take them to your house at Kabula and no one will follow you there. Mukafuna kuti anthu akutameni kuti mumagawa nsalu za magazi zotsatira zake ndi zimenezo.
Bwana Mia what is your highest education qualification. Prove that you are better educated than Msowoya otherwise my take is that Chakwera does not respect merit.

NKHEDU
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Chakwera and your MCP owe the Malawi nation an apology for forming a working relationship with a man whose race had caused untold misery to the people of this country. May be Chakwera was just a little NTHUMBIDWA when the then Nyasas (Malawians) were languishing under colonial rule.During that time Mulattos (Mia’s race) were conniving with colonialists to frustrate the liberation struggle.In fact half-castes used to look down upon the indigenous people of Nyasaland. BRAVO Malawi police for tear gassing this idiot of questionable nationality.If fact Mia should be deported to his continent of origin-Asia.Malawi is for Malawians and not… Read more »

mtete
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Dausi knows only to dismiss accusations even if these are glaring truths. His statements are as boring as the police’s “The matter is being investigated” statement.

I bet the police would have done nothing were it Nditaba entertaining DPP supporters.
And was it not Jose who recently told us that police will protect all political parties? I hope Parliament will not confirm him.

Muswahili Mambo Sana
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Muswahili Mambo Sana

Dictator Progressive Party

innocent
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very unfortunate indeed such behaviour is typical of old MCP,the pple were not violent behaved maturely but without any warning pple got teargassed.No comment

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

Ya DPP ili mmadzi instead of mobilising itself to challenge the likes of MCP but it’s butsystem fighting internal squabbles ndikawanyenyanyenya yet MCP is busy on the ground .

Charlie brown
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Charlie brown

That DPP shit face on the photo is Malunga ,heavily ARV disfigured shape.He is the one who connived with the police with the help of Elijah

Gome
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Gome

May be APM does not know, we know that he was not party to those of us who fought multiparty democracy in Malawi. The behavior he is demonstrating was there before and it was Malawians for destroyed it. Malawian will Certainly bring him down to side.

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