UDF condemns violence on its members: Malawi road to 2014 polls

Malawi’s opposition United Democratic Front has strongly condemned suspected ruling People’s Party (PP) cadres that violently attacked the home of Judith Ngwira, secretary for Jubilee 50 Movement of the party and called on the police to arrest the culprits.

The thugs smashed rear windscreen of a Toyota Harrier and louver glasses on the windows of her house.

Public Relations Officer for Lilongwe Police, Ramsey Mushani, confirmed the development, saying the matter was still “being investigated”

Ngwira, who resides in the suburb of Area 49 in Lilongwe, said that the attack took place at around 10 PM and she reported the matter to Lingadzi Police Station, who, she said, treated the issue with less urgency but after she identified herself as a politician two hours later the police responded.

Thugs smashed Ngwira's cars
Thugs smashed Ngwira’s cars

UDF spokesman Ken Ndanga urged PP members to adhere to the rule of law and stop the violence.

“The UDF party is disturbed with the fact that the assailants left a note warning the family to stop ‘fighting government or risk their lives. The UDF party believes at the time the country is celebrating 49years of independence it should be time for reflection and not engaging in acts of violence,” the party said in a statement.

The UDF, the statement said, believes that the attack on its members is a deliberate attempt by those in the governing party to silence critics or kill the opposition in Malawi.

“The UDF party further feels that the attack on its members could be recipe for more incidents of political violence as the country draws near to the elections and would like urge the police to exercise diligence and impartiality in handling these incidents.”

Led by youthful presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi, who touts civilised politics, UDF said despite both verbal and physical attacks on its members, the party remains focused on its obligations to ensure that Malawian becomes a better place to live after the 2014 tripartite elections.

Ngwira said the thugs, who stoned her house, left behind three plastic bags filled with stones and in one of the bags a note was found with a message in vernacular which read:

‘Mkulimbana ndi boma ana inu tiona ichi ndi chiyambi chabe mupole kaye pa mchombo’ (You children are fighting government, we will see. This is just the beginning; you need to get matured).

Ngwira is on record as having said that there is a lot of corruption taking place in government at the moment.

A note that was left at Ngwira’s house
A note that was left at Ngwira’s house
House windows smashed
House windows smashed
Smashed vehicles
Smashed vehicles

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