Police IG summons Chilima’s bodyguards over shooting in Machinga

The acting Inspector General (IG) of Police Duncan Mwapasa has summoned police officers assigned to the Vice President Saulos Chilima after  they used live bullets to shoot  in Machinga on Friday  when political violence reared its ugly head again  ahead of fresh presidential elections.

Chilima was forced to call off his scheduled whistle-stop tours in Machinga after the road at Nselema was blocked against him
One of the gun shot survivors
One of the shooting victim
One of the shooting victim

Chilima, who is UTM Party president and  Tonse Alliance running mate,  travelled to Nselema in Machinga to conduct a rally there but things turned ugly on his way to the venue as  suspected United Democratic Front (UDF) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) functionaries blocked Bakili Muluzi Highway around Nselema.

Speaking in an audio that is circulating on WhatsApp, an eyewitness reports that people prevented Chilima from proceeding  to the venue of the rally in revenge  that Chilima has been insulting Malawi’s former  president Bakili Muluzi.

The area is Muluzi’s home and the former president is openly supporting President Mutharika’s re-election bid.

In the ensuing fracas, Chilima’s bodyguard sprayed bullets, shooting two people who were battling for their lives and injuring others.

One of the people which the bodyguard shot was innocently on his way to the Mosque for prayers, the eyewitness said.

And there are pictures circulating on social media of another young man and a woman battling for their lives after sustaining bullet wounds.

The woman is in full UDF colours and it is reported she was on her way to a party rally in the area.

According to the eyewitness after the incident, the community mobilized to retaliate the shooting.

Chilima cancelled the tour to evade clashes.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, Police IG Mwapasa said the bodyguards are police officiers and will be summoned to explain their actions.

“They will be called to be accountable for their actions,” he said.

Chilima’s press secretary Pilirani Phiri took to Twitter: “Political violence rears its ugly face again in Machinga. VP Chilima has cancelled his whistle-stops at Ngokwe and Ntaja after DPP/UDF thugs armed with pangas blocked the road at Nselema… To avoid confrontation, cancellation was option 1.”

UDF leader Atupele Muluzi comes from the area where the fracas occurred and is running mate to President Mutharika took to Facebook to condemn political violence.

Atupele said he has information with regards to what transpired in Machinga and regretted the shooting saga.

“As much as the incident is unfortunate, live ammunition should never be used on the population. A woman and a child were shot at today. Wishing them both speedy recovery,” he said.

Just last week Tonse Alliance members in Liwonde and Phalombe  were attacked alongside some  private media personnel covering the campaign trail after their vehicle was smashed.

And  irate Mponela residents in  central region district of Dowa burnt tyres on the road, blocking DPP/UDF running mate Atupele on his whistle stop tour to Kasungu en-route to the Northern Region.

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kamtambo
kamtambo
8 months ago

Za HRDC ZONSE ndi zitsiru agalu agologolo pakunya panu agalu inu.

Sha
Sha
8 months ago

Where is Human Rights Defenders guys now? This is is the issue to call for a press conference. Unarmed civilians are at risk. If these guys are shooting at unarmed civilians what more if they get the power? How many will they be shooting. shooting a woman? seriously? Shame!!!!!!!! What are women saying now? Any apology coming at all to this woman? Let alone care for her in the hospital.

Peter
Peter
8 months ago

Many CSO kuli ziii akanakhala APM bwenzi kuli ngweeee ngweeee

Jose
Jose
8 months ago

Malawi is stateless nationless and completely failed state.How can the whole inspector general,police commissioner,officer in charge allow vice president to be ambushed like that.Zero pa 10.its good that you have few days to go 150days nomore.rest in peace ndithu dziko liyambe kuyenda

National CEO
National CEO
8 months ago

May we know the duties of a VP body guard.

Zoba
Zoba
8 months ago

The inspector general mwapasa hired the thugs to deal with chilima’s life, after the job not accomplished and that the bodyguards took a strong action to save chilima’s life this is the reason the reason they have the case to answer. If chilima was injured mwapasa would have been investigating the matter til five years to come.

chataika
chataika
8 months ago

Ameneyo ndiye chilima kodi siwomwewa anapha wa police kwa msundwe? Kodi APM sanalandirepo zipongwe mdziko muno? Sanamutchingire nsewu when he was coming from BT to LL? And for the sake of peace he just used a different route. Do you think his body guards could not be authorized to shoot all who blocked and were shouting at him making insults? Inu azimayi amene dzana mumanena kuti APM apepese ponyoza JB lero muli kuti bwanji wosapanga condemn this act moti mzimayi amene awomberedwayi si mzimayi ayi koma JB alright God has eyes everywhere will deal with you and mutha udyo kamba… Read more »

Political Analyst
Political Analyst
8 months ago
Reply to  chataika

Chataika, To be honest with you, you will labour in vain to defend the indefendable and rotten DPP, imagine after the Nsundwe incident the cadet Mwapasa, acting police IG only sent police officers to rape innocent women and girls.Have those police officers been arrested? Have the DPP cadets who petrol bombed the innocent Seleman and family members in area 24, Liongwe been arrested? Did APM say anything about those innocent deaths? Your APM performamnce in Government for six years has been pathetic, Why is Nsanje Port,Mombera University? APM will be voted out of Government because of his sloppiness on issues… Read more »

M'malawi weni-weni
M'malawi weni-weni
8 months ago

Well, if DPP hasn’t built Mombera University in 5 years, MCP didn’t even think of building a university in the northern region for 31 years or was in power.
How many years did it take MCP to build Chancellor College campus in Zomba?

And did MCP think of building a port in Nsanje in its 31 years in power?

Yusuf Hassan
Yusuf Hassan
8 months ago
Reply to  chataika

It’s true and they forget the background of all this people

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
8 months ago

The police officers who raped women at Msundwe did a commendable job and that is why they have never been summoned……..

Clever Man
Clever Man
8 months ago
Reply to  Mbonga Matoga

You’re very stupid for saying this. What if the women were your mother, daughters or sisters?

franklin simtowe
franklin simtowe
8 months ago
Reply to  Clever Man

He is being sarcastic. Learn to read between the lines
He

Luscious thom
Luscious thom
8 months ago
Reply to  Mbonga Matoga

Tomorrow is you brother what comes around goes around

Jerusalem Bible College
Jerusalem Bible College
8 months ago

U can use live ammunition depending on the situation. The vice president has to be protected just as a President. Anywhere the President board guards use live ammunitions if the life of the president is in danger.

chataika
chataika
8 months ago

Owooo inu lero amenewo if it were APM’s body guards ikanakhala nkhani koma poti nid vice president komanso wa utm ziri bwino! Be on the watch God will punish all with partisan politicking. Mabungwe kuli zii inu a HRDC muli kuti moti amene awomberedwawo si anthu and alibe ufulu wotetezedwa konse hehehehe mukamamva nyekhwe ndiye imeneyo Mulungu abwezera zonsezi tsiku lake ndi pa 23 June pano we need to silence you ppo with evil mind kuwononga dziko lino

Kajaza
Kajaza
8 months ago
Reply to  chataika

Chisale paja anawombera kale muntutu nkhani malume ilipati….osamapusa baba

mbitha
mbitha
8 months ago
Reply to  chataika

You are useless . Even Mwapasa himself nitchewe.

William Chirwa
8 months ago

Its the same old story heavy handedness on the part of the police but in this case people are like applauding what they did suppose during the demos some crazy police did that what could have been the story. EisshDPP police or rightly Usman Imedi knew he life was in danger bit did he open fire No he was professional and died in the line of duty. MHSRIP. Not these cowards trying to sow tomorrows promotion on incompetence

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