Quasi religious body, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has warned the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) against intimidating its members following a high level meeting recently in Blantyre where some delegates asked President Peter Mutharika to resign.
In a strongly worded letter, PAC chairman Felix Chingota and publicity secretary Peter Mulomole warned the government that it has capacity to cause civil strife should the government or ruling party agents continue to intimidate its members.
PAC says it is worried with the current trend when in a democracy, those with dissenting views are viewed as rebels rather than partners in democracy.
“Such actions are counter productive and can cause civil strife,” says the letter to the DPP leadership and government.
The letter says the tendency is dictatorial and a threat to democracy.
“This is coming at a time when the government is failing to deliver,” says the letter in part.
PAC is therefore reminding the DPP and government that Malawi is in democracy and such threats and intimidations cannot be tolerated.
The grouping says some members are refusing to report the matter to police as they think the law enforcers are colluding with those involved in the intimidations and threats through the telephone calls and Whatsapp messages.
DPP has a history of abductions and killings.
Minister of Information Patricia Kaliati could not be reached for comment.