Mzuzu DPP banner vandalized ahead of Mutharika rally

Members of the Democratic Progressive party (DPP) in the Northern Region on Thursday had a rude awakening after some unidentified people destroyed their bill board in Mzuzu.

Last week DPP erected their bill-board near the Mzuzu Shoprite round-about drumming support to the residents that should they want development to flourish in the city, they should vote for the party’s president Arthur Peter Mutharika together with his running -mate Saulosi Chilima come May 20 tripartite elections this year.

But barely a week, some people have destroyed it leaving it in tatters and on Thursday morning the party followers were seen maintaining it.

DPP diehard Lifa Andrew crimbs top to maintain the bill-board near Mzuzu Health centre as some members witness
DPP diehard Lifa Andrew crimbs top to maintain the bill-board near Mzuzu Health centre as some members witness

The vandal comes barely two weeks after it was also reported that a DPP pick-up was set on fire at Mchengautuba Township in Mzuzu.

DPP Regional Director of Youth for the north Kelvin Chirambo accompanied by Mzuzu city Member of Parliament aspirant Joseph Bambi, Chibavi West councilor Juit Mkandawire and many others confirmed the development.

“We are targeted but when we complain the blame comes to us that we orchestrate violence,” Chirambo said.

Chirambo said the coloured bill-board has cost them over K150 000 plus K8 000 per week which they pay to Mzuzu city council for it to fly.

He said it was therefore a great insult to destroy it. Chirambo said he was going to report to police, Malawi Electoral Commission and the city council.

Mzuzu city chief Executive officer Thomas Chirwa in an interview said he had no knowledge of the destruction. He dismissed Chirambo’s remarks that DPP paid money to his office saying it was illegally erected.

Police spokesperson for Mzuzu Sergeant Maurice Chapola said there is no official report from DPP but he just heard it from the streets and could not take that as official.

The vandalism comes after many election stakeholders have called for peaceful campaign issue based campaign for free and fair elections.

DPP presidential candidate Peter Mutharika is scheduled to visit Mzuzu for campaign rally next week.

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