MP Chilenga accuses MCP for Kabaza murder: Politically connected killings cause for worry in Malawi

Chitipa West Member of Parliament Welani Chilenga has claimed that  chairperson of Kabaza operators, 28- year-old Thokozani Kambalame, who led a to Zodiak Broadcasting Station in Lilongwe recently demanding fairness  from government, was murdered by some Malawi Congress Party  (MCP) cadres.

Kabaza activist Kambalame murdered

Kambalame led recent protests by the Kabaza operators against what they called newly introduced unfair traffic regulations while chanting “Chakwera achokee!!” (Chakwera must go!)

He granted interviews voicing the Kabaza concerns.

Speaking in parliament, MP Chilenga condemned the “brutal” murder of Kambalame.

The death of Kambalame is a third politically connected murder to occur in central region  of Malawi which is the strong hold of MCP,  raising  fears of a return of use of  targeted murders as a political tool to suppress dissent which was rampant during the  MCP 31 years rule .

MP for Blantyre North Francis Phiso also informed the august House of the death Gracian Chikoma who was reportedly found dead at Area 25 and was one of the contestants for local government seat on a Democratic Progressive Party ticket.

“Let me ask the minister to give an assurance that people of different views from the government will not be targeted. I want him just to assure us: how safe are we when we give different opinions?” Phiso said.

MCP returned to power on June 23 this year under the banner of Tonse Alliance after Malawi’s court ordered Fresh Presidential Elections in which President Lazarus Chakwera defeated Mutharika.

According to an eye witness who saw Kambalame before the murder, three people arrived at Chinsapo where Kambalambe used to do his Kabaza Tax business and asked him to ferry them into another location.

“The three disembarked from unregistered black Nissan Xtrail and asked Kambalame to ferry them to a certain drinking joint,” said the source.

According to the source, Kambalambe first told the people that it was late and he was knocking off and that they should fetch another Kabaza, but they insisted on hiring him.

“They offered to pay him same fee for each of them and that made Kambalame accept,” the source said.

His dead body and the  motorcycle were discovered early the next morning along Malingunde road with his head smashed.

Police have confirmed the incident.

Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda.  who is also MCP director of youth downplayed the murder or Kambalambe while promising that government will investigate the murder.

The Minister disclosed that relevant institutions are investigating murder cases of Issa Njauju, then-Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa and murder suspect Buleya Lule who died in police custody. Until his death, Njauju was Director of Corporate Affairs at the Anti-Corruption Bureau.

“The way we are investigating the Lule, Chasowa and Njauju murders is the same way we are going to investigate that [kabaza rider] matter. Every death must be regrettable and this government will not allow any impunity in the country,” Chimwendo-Banda said.

“Let’s not politicize this death. It’s a normal crime. Government will investigate the death alongside other deaths,”  he told Parliament.

Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa  said “it is heart-breaking to note that this [Chakwera] government is harshly treating Kabaza operators. The government is confiscating their bicycles and motorcycles for alleged lack of operational documents when just three months ago, President Chakwera and his Tonse Alliance colleagues used the same Kabaza operators to spice up their campaign rallies.”

MCP has been mobilising the youth and radicalising them to wage a violent campaign of demonstrations against the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government   before its fall.

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Vavlov
Vavlov
1 month ago

Chilenga is the most stupid MP. Trying to be relevant when in fact people in his constituency are suffering all he does is buy coffins. MCP should sue him he is accusing the party without evidence. What an idiot

Manuka Mwanga
Manuka Mwanga
1 month ago

Don’t play with the party of darkness and death. For then you will suffer the consequences like this poor guy has. God save us from this MCP thugs.

Last edited 1 month ago by Manuka Mwanga
Charles Kapunda
Charles Kapunda
1 month ago

All we know is that it’s dpp which has murdering hands under the stupid leader Gondorosi Muthalika

Nyirenda Tobious
Nyirenda Tobious
1 month ago

The only best way this dumb MP could do was to report to the law enforcers if he has got an evidence behind this crime than just barking and disturbing people’s minds, u mp wanji mwina simukudziwa kuti false accusations against someone is a crime

mtete
mtete
1 month ago

If this is Chilenga’s level of thinking, then we have a problem. The man should assist the police in their Investigations if he has evidence. It appears the people describing the three who asked for a ride informed Chilenga about this. This smacks of a planned operation. Otherwise why report to him and not the police?
We have a Tonse Alliance government and why should DPP only target MCP? The good thing is that Malawians now see through DPP diabolic plans.

KKKK
KKKK
1 month ago

Anthu tinkanena ife kuti fisi ndi fisi. Ndi zimenezi miyezi iwiri yokha anthu atatu kuphedwa mwa nkhanza.

Wisdom
Wisdom
1 month ago

If this is the best the whole MP who should know better can come up with, then it is unfortunate. Read the signs of time and act accordingly. Coming up with empty accusations will not help Chilenga. It is understandable he is bitter as he has lost a ministerial post but if he is not careful, he will lose his seat in the next 5 years. As a learned person, he should know that when he has evidence, he should bring it to the police. These empty cadet accusations are not going to work. Malawians know better and are able… Read more »

Kharupa
1 month ago

MCP also killed Jumani the son of kamuzu for fear of him claiming property which his father left and was grabbed by the party. Chewas are shameless murderers to the core. Nafetu tiyamba kudula mitu achewa ali kummwera kuno!!!! Fotseki MCP chipani chokupha.

Richard Agustus
Richard Agustus
1 month ago

MCP is a ‘party of darkness and death’ Be warned this MCP has a culture of political killings, remember the Jehovah’s Witnesses who where killed. Remember when MCP Young Pioneers feed its opponents to crocodiles in Shire River. Beware this is only the start. It is going to end badly because MCP like a leopard can never changes its spots

Last edited 1 month ago by Richard Agustus
WaWa Pamodzi
WaWa Pamodzi
1 month ago

Remember that during Kamuzu rule it was not Kamuzu who put opponents into detention or carried out the killings. It was the MCP/Malawi Young Pioneers. So now too it’s not a Chakwera we should fear buy the MCP and its youth wing. The red and black berets are back. Watch out killings will occur and intimidation will rule supreme in Malawi.

Blesser
Blesser
1 month ago

A DPP muli ndi vuto, mwaphana nokha

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