Tit-for-tat! Mutharika billboards vandalized in the north

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are describing as barbaric the vandalism of President Peter Mutharika and DPP in northern border district of Karonga just days after the ruling party vandalized Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party  billboards as well as uprooting their party flags.

Mutharika’s campaign billboard has been destroyed
Vandalised: UTM party campaign billboard in Karonga

Mutharika’s billboard, erected just beside Karonga District Hospital turn-off, was destroyed Monday night by unknown people.

The billboard carried a message about the Malawi rural electrification programme (MAREP), and is now in tatters.

The unknown people also went ahead to destroy part of President Mutharika’s face at another billboard adjacent to Karonga Magistrate Court.

DPP northern region governor Kenneth Sanga said those who vandalized the billboards belong to one party system of government.

“We need to move on. This one party syndrome system of government must go,” said Sanga.

He could however not say why his party, the DPP is leading in vandalizing opposition billboards and the uprooting of party flags.

Butlegal professional Ralph Kasambara in quotes reported in the local press  said there is no legal justification for the protection of Mutharika’s billboards since they are not part of the Protected Flags, Emblems and Names Act.

He said: “There is no flag or emblem or government symbol to protect. Police are not at fault to guard property be that of the DPP or opposition parties because that is their duty. But they cannot discriminate in their execution of duties.

“So, if they decide to maintain visibility, they should accord the same treatment to all billboards of opposition candidates. What the police are doing is unconstitutional, illegal and unjustified discrimination. They can be sued for it.”

UTM Party president Saulos Chilima has since condemned the incident and told his party faithful not to retaliate, saying this can be cause for violence ahead of the highly contested May 21 tripartite election.

Political scientist, Mustapha Hussein, has described the development as sad.

“The message about the importance of holding peaceful elections has gone far and beyond. Various stakeholders have preached this using all sorts of media outlets and we thought by now every political party supporter would be calm.

“Therefore, I condemn this to the strongest terms and I urge all political party leaders to advise their followers to desist from tendencies that may trigger political violence and in turn affect the credibility of the second tripartite polls,” said Hussein.

Hussein implored security agents in the country to intensify security and apprehend perpetrators of the acts and make sure that the law takes its course.

Station officer for Karonga district police senior Superintendent Joyce Mphepo said her office has intensified both day and night patrols to make sure that they restore political tolerance to avoid a repeat of 2014 where Karonga was branded the Benghazi of Malawi.

On his part, Karonga District elections coordinator (DEC), Emmanuel Bulukutu, said the only solution to end the escalation of political violence is to call for a Multiparty Liaison Committee (MPLC) meeting whereby all political parties and stakeholders will iron out their differences and restore peace.

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THIS TIT FOR TAT IS THE WAY TO MANAGE THE NOTORIOUS DPP SUPPORTERS,THEY SHOULD NEVER THINK THEY OWN MALAWI. AFTER ALL THE DIFFERENCE BTWEEN DR CHAKWERA AND THE NOW 80 YEARS OLD PROFESSOR PETER MUTHALIKA WAS ONLY 400,000 VOTES IN 2014.THE DIFFERENCE HAS NOW REDUCED TO MINUS 600,000 VOTES WITH THE FORMATION OF A DPP BREAKAWAY GROUP UTM.THE NOW MINORITY DPP CAN NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO BE TROUBLE MAKERS.MCP CENTRAL REGION SUPPORTERS SHOULD FOLLOW THE TIT FOR TAT TACTICS THEN DPP SUPPORTERS WILL PUT THEIR STICKING TALES BETWEEN THEIR LEGS.PERIOD

chiwala
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Kenneth Sanga must be very stupid, one eyed person and dull like his boss to be a leader. Condemn the savagery and barbaric acts of your DPP cadets first then we can start talking.

Roll out ATI now
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Roll out ATI now

Nkhonya yobweza kuwawa

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
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Yasser Arafat Hamdani

Ma Savage a terrorist Arafat Hamdani awa.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Good development. Since DPP is so bent on showing their muscle. Come on utm and mcp supporters. Show them pepe

Independent Diplomat
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Independent Diplomat

Whether you like it or not, Mutharika and DPP re leading this country again. MCP will never rule this country again. Kasambara has a lot of vulnerable areas. He should remain quite.

Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

Violence begets violence. When DPP ruffians were busy vandalising opposition party’s billboards and uprooting their flags, the police were busy victimizing an innocent Indian doctor. When the very same DPP members and sympathizers like Ngongoliwa fall sick, they rush to India to be treated by the same doctor. Members of opposition have been on the receiving end of DPP violence for a long time. Just because they are not retaliating does not mean they cannot fight back, but because they love peace. There is an idiot among the ranks of DPP cadets by the name of Jomo who has been… Read more »

mtete
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mtete

In situations like this , I often refer to the fill wise quote: “Never fight a pig in the mud. He loves it but gets you dirty”, or something to that effect. So, yes, never retaliate because people will laugh at your muddy clothes.

Sillica Gell
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Sillica Gell

Vuto ndiloti anthuwo akuwona ngati mabibodi onsewo ndi a campaign yazisankho, sakuwona kuti ma bilboard ena akuwonetsa zinthu zimene Malawi wa chita ngati dziko pamene enawo ndiakanthawi komweka kazisankho. Ndiye kulibwino kuleza mtima chifukwa zimabilibodi zoikidwa chifukwa chazisankho zichoka nkale pa 22 May a MEC akatiziwitsa kuti sizinatiyendele.

Khundited above.
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Khundited above.

I believe this can only stop if MEC condemns the act in strongest terms, but as of now MEC is staying mum. Therefore it wouldn’t be wrong to suggest that MEC is taking sides(ddp or whatever it’s called)