Stop killing Malawi youth, JB tells Bingu govt

Malawi Vice President Joyce Banda has taken to task President Bingu wa Mutharika for trampling on citizens right to life, calling on government through its security forces and of course state thugs to stop killing suspects and activists.

Addressing a mammoth People’s Party rally at Ntcheu Community Centre ground on Saturday, Banda said she was concerned with reports of suspects being losing lives mysteriously in the hands of Police.

“Whoever is responsible for this suspicious killing will be hold accountable one day,” said the Vice President

Banda citied an Ndirande based stationary businessman Kingsley Khope who mysteriously died in Police cell last week.  The deceased never complained of any illness prior to his arrest and had no any recurring disease, according to his brother Alick.

Banda: You cannot kill all of us

The Vice President also pointed on the Robert Chasowa, a fourth-year engineering student and political activist who was found dead under suspicious circumstances at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, on September 24, 2011.

Chasowa was the vice-chair of a student activist group, Youth for Democracy (YFD). The YFD printed a weekly pro-democracy and anti-Bingu wa Mutharika administration newsletter called the Weekly Political Update.

Banda said amidst loud applause: “You can kill some of us but you cannot kill all of us. The remnants will always hold you accountable.”

The VP sternly warned perpetrators of state-sponsored violence “today” that they risk being brought to book when government changes in not too distant future.

Malawi has experienced a spate of politically-motivated violent acts, which have included the torching of a civil society leader, Reverend MacDonald Sembereka’s house in Balaka; offices belonging to Institute for Policy Interaction of Rafiq Hajat in Blantyre; and a house belonging to PP’s organizing secretary, Salim Bagus in Lilongwe.

The Vice President also tackled on the issue of farm input subsidy and bashed government for promoting what she called corruption by awarding contracts have been given to cronies of people in power.

Banda said she will continue exercising the constitutional obligation to point out ills of the Mutharika government, vowing “I am ready to be arrested and eat Mgayiwa.”

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