Politics met entertainment at P Square’s Lilongwe event when local hip hop musician Tay Grin was forcibly evicted from the event at Lilongwe Golf Club on Saturday night.
Tay Grin, real name Limbani Kalirani, is the son of DPP vice president Dr Jean Kalirani who is currently facing treason charges alongside other former cabinet ministers.
According to people who witnessed the fracas, local organiser sent 10 Police officers to forcibly evict the poster boy of Malawian urban music out of the venue.
Tay Grin said: “As a law abiding citizen, I moved away and viewed the event from a distance. I wasn’t aware that it was a restricted show for a specific group of people. And as a Malawian citizen I had the right to walk like anyone else.”
Our sources claim Ga local organiser, ordered 10 Police officers who were on duty to leave the venue.
“It was so embarrassing because he was coming there just like anyone else. I don’t know why they chased him away. It doesn’t make sense. This was not a political rally, it was an entertainment event which was open to everyone,” observed an onlooker.
Commenting on Facebook yesterday, some people observed that the action was over the top.
“We are Malawians at the end of the day..whether DPP or MCP or UDF or PP, we are aMalawi…even Limbani Kalilani has a right to come to your show, sending 12 armed cops to kick him out is out of order at the highest..he is Malawian too,” noted someone on the social network.
Another Facebook user noted: “Out of order indeed. Malawi will not be great until we learn to have more respect for the rule of law than the people in power. Limbani has the same rights as everyone else under the law, and a country that respects the law would not stand for such an abuse of his rights.
“It’s the same reason why people who are in power break the law and malign the constitution, for instead of making their power subservient to the law, they make their power a substitute for the law. It’s no wonder that when the law later comes to arrest them, instead of saying ‘This is the law’, they say , This is political”.