UDF appear to do political social distancing with DPP: Condemn attack on Zodiak cameraman by cadets

The opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) says it was not involved in the beating of a cameraman for the privately-owned Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), David Chapita, at the Lilongwe Magistrate Courts on 15 July 2020.

UDF secretary general Kandi Padambo

Chapita was beaten up in line of duty as he took visuals of the court appearance of Norman Chisale, chief security aide to immediate former President Peter Mutharika, who is being accused of involvement in the importation of cement using Mutharika’s taxpayer’s identification number (TPIN).

The attackers, while putting on UDF colours and those of their electoral allies in the fresh presidential election, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), executed their crime in full view of the police at Lilongwe Magistrate Court in Lilongwe.

However, in a statement UDF Secretary General Kandi Padambo issued on July 27 2020 in the aftermath of the fresh presidential election, the party denies any involvement in the attack on the journalists.

He has further urged the UDF members and supporters to desist from any unruly behavior that may be perceived as infringing upon the rights of others and disrespectful of the due processes of our national laws.

Padambo calls upon UDF members, supporters and followers to support the leadership as it embarks on an extensive exercise aimed at invigorating and rejuvenating the party.

“As we move towards the 2025 tripartite elections and beyond, UDF would like to focus on strengthening its structures and build on the solid legacy bequeathed by its founding fathers and mothers, which include promotion, defending and safeguarding the rule of law and the rights of the people of Malawi and ensuring an accountable, just and open democratic system of government,” Padambo appeals.

Meanwhile, UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga  remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion that he had a hand in the petrol bombing of UTM Party offices in Lilongwe that led to loss of three lives.

Ndanga is suspected to have had a hand in the petrol bombing of the UTM District Office at Area 24 in Lilongwe. The torching happened prior to the June 23 fresh presidential elections.

A security guard at the UTM Party office, Selemani Tambala, his wife Ayiles and son Shukuran, who were part of the family living in the office backyard, died several days later at Kamuzu Central Hospital from burns sustained in the fire.

Padambo said the arrest of Ndanga was a shock to the party, adding that the party is keen to learn charges against Ndanga and the role he is suspected to have played in the attack.

He said UDF, like other stakeholders, condemned the bombing of UTM Party offices.

Police earlier arrested four other people including a director of DPP youths in the central region in connection with the UTM Party offices attack and death of the three people that were housed in the offices.

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Jonny Blantyre
2 months ago

We need a UDF convention as soon as yesterday! Heads should roll ,we need to rescue our party from extinction, its high time the party become more independent from the Muluzis , Atupele has to resign he has failed the party big time, he is politically immature and indecisive to be our leader, he is selfish and greedy! The NEC too must pave way for new people with new ideas otherwise the current NEC is full of political novices who dances to every Muluzi tune! If this is not done immediately i give our party a year then it will… Read more »

Ife Tonse
Ife Tonse
2 months ago

Majid Gani of HTD is the one who initiated Gertrude to corrupt deals. Maglasi was her facilitator.

Ife Tonse
Ife Tonse
2 months ago

Investigate Bakili Muluzi the Godfather of corruption. Muluzi is the one who delayed the democracy we see today in Malawi under Tonse.

Mavembe
Mavembe
2 months ago

Still waiting to hear UDF leadership speaking in strong terms against the weighty matters of DPP plunder and looting of public resources.

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
2 months ago

Sunathe zibwera

Malawi belong to the citizens

Amangidwe wonse womwe adamenya chapita, mlandu ulipo apa.The police should investigate this matter please.

D THONDOYA
D THONDOYA
2 months ago

Kosowadi zolemba basi .

Gule Wankulu
Gule Wankulu
2 months ago

Kkkkkkkk!! Political social distancing indeed!🙊

Hypocrite Z
2 months ago

I have been a member of the DPP since 2005. But it’s time to relocate. Even gertrude mutharika has left Mr Arthur Peter Mutharika. Time to relocate my friends!

Nyekhwed
Nyekhwed
2 months ago
Reply to  Hypocrite Z

I understand Gertrude Maseko ( Mbava) has moved out of the Mangochi residence after APM just found out how rich she is from ill-gotten wealth

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Nyekhwed

Oooh that is news….families will really quake in the present times…

True
True
2 months ago

UDF is dead! Sell all assets, if any, and disband.

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