Petrol bomb death toll reaches 3: Electoral violence  in Malawi shocks donors

The death toll in  arson attack UTM Party office  in Lilongwe allegedly by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has reached three, State Vice-President Saulos Chilima has said.

Funeral ceremony of the victims
11-year-old child burnt in electoral violence has died

A family of eight was petrol bombed by the political thugs in Area 22.

On Wednesday, a mother  Ayiles Tambala  and a 15-year-old child Shukran Tambala died due to effects of the injuries they sustained when their house was set ablaze.

Speaking at a prayer breakfast  morning event in Lilongwe on Thursday, Chilima, who is also UTM leader an runningmate to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera, said  another member of the Tambala family who was admitted to hospital  has also died, bringing the total number of deaths in the family to three.

Meanwhile, Malawi’s development partners have expressed shock over cases of  electoral violence in the country and have called on political actors to unite and exercise restraint.

Ambassadors of the United Kingdom, The European Union, Norway, German, Ireland and the United States of America in Malawi released a joint statement on Wednesday.

They expressed concern over the violence which they said was fueled by political motives and led to injuries.

The development partners called on political actors in Malawi to stand united in the defence of human rights and rule of rule, and against acts of violence, incitement of violence or hate speech.

“We support those calling for restraint and hope that all cases of violence are investigated comprehensively and transparently in line with the laws of Malawi, so that those responsible can be brought to justice,” reads part of the statement.

Recently, there have been acts of violence against UTM members in the Southern Regions. On Monday night, a UTM office in Lilongwe was also torched by unknown assailants and eight people sustained burns.

The violence is happening as parties are campaigning ahead of the 2020 fresh presidential elections.

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Raza lush
2 years ago

Kkkkkkkkk utmcp planned to kill there people kkk I see

Na bi soo
Na bi soo
2 years ago

Amene aziti azavotelabe DPP ndi mfiti 😡😡😡

nambewe
nambewe
2 years ago
Reply to  Na bi soo

mfiti yofikapo, mfiti yeniyeni galu wa mchira dpp nde kuti chani kodi abale

TRUTH
TRUTH
2 years ago

This torching could be a UTM strategy to seek public sympathy for the coming elections.

Mli
Mli
2 years ago
Reply to  TRUTH

Are you under some hex? Listen to yourself adha.

Simposium
Simposium
2 years ago
Reply to  TRUTH

Udziyankhula moopa Mulungu ndipo udzidizwa kuti kunja kuno kuli Mulungu

Mtete
Mtete
2 years ago
Reply to  TRUTH

Soulless

ERUTU
ERUTU
2 years ago
Reply to  TRUTH

Nthanga zako

Pewani
Pewani
2 years ago
Reply to  TRUTH

Koma akulu inu zikukhala ngati ndi machende anu.

Jerusalem Bible College
Jerusalem Bible College
2 years ago

Why killing such poor innocent people, kupusa and kusaganiza.

Drama
Drama
2 years ago

The bible says give to Ceaser what belongs to Ceaser……….APM has payed back the debt, DPP was snatched from UDF kikikikikikikikiki

James Banda
James Banda
2 years ago

Nyasatimes, we know that people have freedom of expression, but some comments here are just people evil. I don’t know why you give nameless people a platform to be vile and evil. The people who have died do not deserve comments people are putting here. whoever is allowing such comments should be ashamed

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 years ago

Really sad and RIP. Did NTCHONA even ever condemned this barbaric attack by his cadets or let alone console the family?

Qatar
Qatar
2 years ago

What did MCP and UTNM say when Nsundwe Boys killed a police office?

Reporter
Reporter
2 years ago
Reply to  Qatar

They sympathized with the killing, they condemned it. Do you know what that policeman was doing to people that day. People were defending themselves from his brutality.

Mtete
Mtete
2 years ago
Reply to  Qatar

Don’t compare oranges with masau

Dera
Dera
2 years ago

Lest we forget. Chakwera told MCP supporters to chase and kill people from the southern region. Chakwera teamed up with UTM supporters and HRDC and destroyed property and businesses. So, blame Chakwera for the violence.

Reporter
Reporter
2 years ago
Reply to  Dera

Why do you like peddling lies, is that your means of bringing bread to your table Mr.

Mli
Mli
2 years ago
Reply to  Dera

Mmmm you comment lack uprightness. You missed a lot then. I guess your eyes and ears were both glued to MBC

Reporter
Reporter
2 years ago

Mr. Wanga Gwede. This is Not Electoral Violence. That’s what You the DPP Cadets want to paint. This is Savageness from a Failed DPP Government. It’s an Expression of their Satanism, Witch Craft, and Wickedness. Its the uselessness of a Failed Leader. All these years he was Outside the country, I thought he would have brought back home some briliant Ideas, useless President.

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