UTM abhors brute force, political violence: ‘Malawi police officers deserve sympathy for the ill-treatment from govt’

Opposition UTM Party has deplored what it calls brute force and the current wave of political violence.

Chidanti Malunga: UTM battle is battle of hearts and minds of Malawians desperate for real change

UTM, which is led by immediate former vice president Saulos Chilima, says this in connection with the brutal killing of a police officer Usumani Imedi at Nsundwe in Lilongwe on Tuesday by a self-styled vigilante group which was blocking roads and stopping people from going to attend President Peter Mutharika rally.

Spokesperson for UTM Joseph Chidanti Malunga said in a statement seen by Nyasa Times that people should battle it out with ideas instead of violence.

“Modern politics is a battlefield of choice alternative policy decisions. That is why we, in UTM, believe that our battle is a battle of ideas.

“Ideas of how best we can harness the immense resources of this great country to the benefit of all and not a few,” says Chidanti Malunga.

He says the UTM battle is battle of hearts and minds of Malawians desperate for real change, saying, “ours is not a physical change.”

The UTM publicist then condemned the attack on law enforcers, how much heightened the political situation might be.

He says while people might have genuine concerns regarding the conduct of some police officers, many of law enforcers serve with exceptional and enviable distinction with minimal resources and no other motivation.

“They live in squalor quarters and work in deplorable conditions. Despite infiltration of political operatives, particularly at the leadership level, most policemen and women remain true to their professional oath,” he says.

Malunga says as such, the police officers deserve sympathy for the ill-treatment they continue to get from the executive.

“It is clear; we are living in different times. While violence, mayhem and murder may have worked in bringing much needed change at certain times in the history of mankind, it does not anymore,” he says.

He therefore asked Malawians to reject violence in all its various forms.

“But there is nothing inevitable about peace. We must painstakingly nurture and build peace brick by brick,” he says.

The UTM is the second party to condemn the Nsundwe violence after the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

Main opposition, the Malawi Congress Party is yet to condemn the violence.

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Timo Clouds
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Timo Clouds

Ndimayesa ndi inu mumauza zigawenga, ayufi ndi Nsundwe kayombe kuti osaopa? What did you expect?

mpilu
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mpilu

ku malawi kuno kulibe malamulotu.

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

PAC is silent ,Livingstonia synod is silent,MCP is silent,HRDC ??????qqqqqq is vague,These four groupings are the ones who brought mayhem in Malawi.MCP have been using HRDC,Livingstonia synod to bring chaos in Malawi for them to undermine the ruling government!!!Its a shame to MCP.The MCP Nsundwe notorious people have been terrorizing the passers by there.

Constable Mazibuko
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Constable Mazibuko

Police use violence on people. Many people have died at the hands of police. What is so special with an officer who has died in the line of duty? This is what we call an occupational hazard. an officer was killed in Thyolo a few years ago. What did DPP do then? Even if MCP say something now what will that do?

suzgo kamowa
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suzgo kamowa

how about the child who died at queens you are not talking anything about this kid who died owing to brutality of police this is selective justice

Lego
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What else do you want these organizations to say?Billy Mayaya was hacked in full view of the men/women in uniform,did you see any arrest in Blantyre NO,so why should we be please with our police who have become cadets of DPP?

pitala
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pitala

Tipped pitala ndiamene anabweletsa mavuto onsewa powatuma a mec kuti adzipakamo tippex ndikuika zodziwa okhala kuti akhale pampando mokakamiza. If not tippex I don’t think kukhanakhala mpungwepungwr umenewu. pakuti zofuna zanu zinayela mudziti mcp ikubweletsa ziwawa sizoona

Noxy
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Out of topic

Tuvitwana
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Tuvitwana

A Patrick nanu, wapolisi anaphedwa kwa Goliati in 2014, palibe chinachitika. Pano uyuyu nde mukuti chani inu UKADETI BASI kkkkkkkkkkk

Khima
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Khima

In all this, MCP is losing out…they are slowly aligning themselves to anarchy

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

Where is Public Affairs Committee (PAC)? It was quick to condemn the beating of Billy Malaya, who didn’t die, but has made no statement yet regarding the stoning to death of a police officer. It seems PAC sèes wrongs only when the victims are anti-goverment operatives.

TIPPEX
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OPhiri takudziwani chipami chanu. Ndinu adzikwanje aja.

Chukambiri
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Chukambiri

Iweyo ndi chitsiru chenicheni mwana wa njoka Chakwera

Lego
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Your comments are full of shit and persive i don’t why kaya ndi umbuli kaya misala kaya.How many people have been killed by the police?Did DPP condemn what happened in Blantyre on demonstrators and Billy Mayaya?Was not your stupid Mchacha came out to applause what your cadets did in Blantyre?Stop talking shit here we also follow everything what is happening in our country.