Two private security guards and a petrol attendant have been arrested in Blantyre for allegedly insulting President Bingu wa Mutharika and wishing he had died.
The arrested guards who were not identified,allegedly hurled insults at President Mutharika and his government in Malawi’s lingua franca, Chichewa for the economic turmoil the country is facing.
“Ka boma katha aka, musatikwane!” (“This government is finished, don’t bother us!”) “Bingu wanuyo achifadi tikanakondwa!” “I wish it were true that Bingu had died!”) “Boma, boma chani mukanika kugula mafuta apa?” (“What is government if it can’t buy fuel?!”)
Maravi Post reported on Tuesday that the incident happened at Kabula Filling Station opposite Blantyre Post Office Monday night when security guards smashed the rear windscreen of a Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) minibus that was carrying rowdy ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadres who were returning from welcoming Mutharika in the capital, Lilongwe, from his controversial holiday in Hong Kong.
Mutharika’s trip ignited rumours of poor health. The speculation gathered pace when his spokesman Hetherwick Ntaba refused to disclose the location of the Head of State.
But the 78-year-old leader insisted he was in good health.
The report says trouble begun when the 28-seater minibus stopped t to drop off some people.
“A guard politely told the driver that that was no drop off point but some DPP Youth Cadet (the party’s youth wing) members shouted at him, saying they are ‘government’ and can have him fired,” the online news quoted eye-witness.
The DPP supporters reportedly left the service stations after being outnumbered but someone threw a blunt object at their bus, smashing the rear windscreen.
The notorious DPP Cadets came back with “reinforcements” and started beating up everyone in a guard uniform. Someone raised an alarm and police arrived at the scene, it was reported.
Group leader is said to have ordered police to arrest two guards and a female attendant “insulting the president and government.”
Meanwhile, Malawi Police spokesman Davie Chingwalu confirmed to Nyasa Times the arrest and said the suspects are accused of ” undermining the authority or insulting the President.”
He also said police were investigating the “violence” that occurred at the service station.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :