Political scientist tells CSOs to challenge DPP on counter demo

A political scientist has told civil society organisations to go ahead with their planned peaceful protests on September 7, saying they should not be intimidated by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which he said has always been against demonstrations.

Thindwa:Changing dates not a solution

The CSOs said on Monday they have shifted the peaceful protests to September 21 after the DPP vowed to counter the September 7 demonstrations.

DPP regional governor for the south Charles Mchacha, who reigns terror with the party cadets by using violence, said the party will block  the CSOs from holding their protests on September 7, saying the cadets have organized a Blue Day in Blantyre City on that day.

But Ernest Thindwa, who teaches political science at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi,  said the CSOs changing of the dates is not a solution.

“We all know that the DPP would do everything to frustrate peaceful protests. What if the DPP comes up with another event on September 21, will the CSOs keep on changing the dates? They should go ahead with the peaceful protests on September 7,” said Thindwa.

But Mtambo said the shift of the date has been done in the interest of peace, unity and cooperation.

“We know that what they did in Blantyre by conniving with the Blantyre Civic office to grant them permission to conduct what they are calling the Blue Day was a deliberate measure to bring violence. We will not allow them to propagate their strange and violent culture in Malawi,” he said.

But governance expert and commentator Makhumbo Munthali said the shifting of dates by the CSOs even gives them more time to mobilise the masses for the demos.

“It also sends a clear message that CSOs would want to exercise their right to demonstration peacefully as provided by the Constitution,” Munthali said.

“For DPP it only vindicates the existing perception  that they are a party that believes in violence, a scenario that does not reflect well n them especially in the context of the recent political violence that has characterised the country,” he added.

He said its sad that the country’s leadership has failed to discipline Mchacha who continue to practice savage and intimidating politics to suppress the voice of reason.

“In fact, by failing to discipline their regional governor, President Mutharika and the entire DPP leadershiphave demonstrated to be accomplice to all this,” he said.

DPP is now under intense pressure following the coming in of United Transformation Movement(UTM) led by vice president Saulos Chilima and other DPP breakaway officials who are now putting the DPP run for its money.

The UTM is now the making inroads even in the once DPP stronghold, the lhomwe belt of Mulanje, Thyolo, Phalombe and Chiradzulu.

 

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Noxy
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It will be a useless Demo.Angofuna azimusokoneza President ogwira ntchito uyu.The Goodness with Peter Mutharika is that he concentrates on his job other than playing like what VP is doing just wasting tax payers money busy campaigning for his UTM.

Kanyimbigalu
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Kanyimbigalu

Kupanga ma demo si bvuto. Bvuto ndi a pumbwa amene amafuna kusokoneza. Ma demo limakha liu la amalawi onse okhudzidwa mdziko. So go ahead with demo

Morgan
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Much as I do not agree with mchacha and his cadets whose reign ends on 21 may 2019, I also don’t agree with the holding of demonstrations to force the president to resign. No matter what happens I don’t see the president resigning from his post. CSOs should just go and campaign hard so that people do not vote for DPP and muthalika. U mean if Peter resigns then chilima takes over as president? This is childish! Am not a member of DPP but MCP and my vote is for chakwera. Mtambo go back to drawing board.

Challenger
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Challenger

A Mtambo a chitsiru awa. Asowa chokanena kwa ma donor amene amawabera ndalamazo. Mchacha wachita bwino. Zizete za ma CSO zizikapanga ma demo awowo mtchire ife a DPP tilkulimbikitsa chitukuko cha miseu muno mMalawi. Mmalo molimbikitsa kukonza miseu ndiye wina azisokoneza nkumayendamo ndawala zopanda pake? Mukafune kochita manyi anuwo osati mmiseu yomwe tikukonza ife.

pathfinder
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pathfinder

Owen Khamula is at it again. My brother get your facts straight there’s no way that DPP can be shaken by UTM in Mulanje, Thyolo and Chiradzulu. Dude ngati ukudya za UTM sibwino kuti uzidya za ulele, auze chilungamo a utm kuti alibe chance ku maboma amenewo.

Njuki
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Njuki

I disagree with Mr Thindwa, the CSOs have done well Dpp is the party of violence.

Gonapamuhanya
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Gonapamuhanya

The country is slowly turning into a dictator
This is the country we fought for
life is becoming unbearable
we are slowly becoming endocrinated .
Regionalised, Tribalised finally bred hatred.
The policies we make are nolonger national but regional
All state funded institions have been turned into party institutions.
Check the status of admarc MBC water board, Escom leave alot to be desired
we nolonger postively comments, our comments reflect how rotten we have become
poor Country.

James
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James

DPP ikupangitsa manyazi a Lohmwe tonse. Mchacha is terrorist on one.

Mbwiye
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Mbwiye

Wabodza iwe si mulhomwe James. Mulhomwe salankhula zopusa ngati zakozo.

Vyanunkha
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Vyanunkha

Kutsutsa zomwe James akunena nde ulhomwewo umenewo

Hard Truth
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Hard Truth

Mayina aketu akumakhala Thindwa, Mtembo, Makhumbo Munthali, etc……WAKWITHU SUPPORT SYNDROME. This is not national interest but tribal. It’s a fight between the Tumbukas and the Lhomwes and they want to involve the whole country in their tribal wars and pursuits. That’s not fair.

Dola
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Dola

Koma Mtumbuka ameneyi…sheeee unapanga political science ndiwe basi

From Likoma
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From Likoma

@ dola
Ndizija mumanyoza nazo pope. Focus on issues and not personality. The issue here is not about one being tumbuka or tonga (ngati ine) or LOMWE ngati manganya no. It’s about government and DPP led by mutharika unleashing mchacha to terrorise Malawians.

Whistler
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Whistler

Koma atumbuka simutopa. Mmene mudayambira muja? Tiye nazoni poti that’s where you belong, kumayenda mmiseu pamene anzanu akulamula. I am yet to research and find out the meaning of this word mtumbuka.

James
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James

Dola, zosankhana mitundu ayi please. Sungamve chisoni kuti tatha 54 years, Mulungu kumatipatsa mvula koma palibe chikuchitika. Ineyo ndi mu Lohmwe koma sindikhulupilira zosankhana mitundu.

REMNANT
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REMNANT

Kodi mukamati mtumbuka mtumbuka, inu ntundu wanji? Uchitsiru umenewo.

Dimingu
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Dimingu

eya ndiwa nzeru…………………………………

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