UTM dismisses Pacpwa statement: Chidanti says allegations mere smear campaign

UTM Party led by State Vice-President Saulos Chilima has denied allegations that it financed human rights defenders Gift Trapence and Timothy Mtambo in their purported soliciting of ‘recorded evidence’ implicating President Peter Mutharika in the abductions and killings of people with albinism (PWAs).

Chidanti Malunga: Everyone knows who is creating parallel groups within APAM

The party has said  the allegations are calculated to divert people’s attention from making the right choice ahead of the forthcoming tripartite elections.

UTM has also denied that it funded Association of People With Albinism (APAM) recent vigils, describing the allegations as mere smear campaign.

Poor and Concerned People With Albinism (PACPWA), a splinter group of APAM, made these allegations against UTM in a statement it jointly issued with Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom (ICJF).

Co-signed by PACPWA Chairperson Francis Masambuka and Chief Commissioner for ICJF Shaibu Abdul Rahaman Ajassie, the statement alleges that UTM financed Trapence, Mtambo and some journalists to record voices that would implicate President Mutharika in the abductions and killings of PWAs in order to bring down his administration.

The statement also reveals that UTM party officials were directly involved in the organization of APAM’s recent vigils, alleging that many of the party’s senior officials attended planning meetings ahead of the vigils.

In the statement, PACPWA and ICJF have demanded for a probe into the link between APAM, human rights defenders and UTM and their involvement in issues of PWAs, saying their actions are suspicious and a threat to the very lives of PWAs they seem to be defending.

Already, Trapence and Mtambo have been earmarked for arrest in a supposedly State sanctioned crackdown on people involved in the recordings to implicate him in the abductions and killings of PWAs.

However, in a response made available to Nyasa Times, UTM spokesperson, Dr Joseph Chidanti Malunga, said all the  allegations are false.

“Right now, we are at the blink of deciding the destiny of our country and we know that there are efforts out there to sway or influence the people’s choice. Such efforts include these allegations. UTM has never in anyway engaged the human rights defenders,” stated Malunga.

He added: “These are allegations aimed at tarnishing our image. Everyone knows who is creating parallel groups within APAM”.

Malawi is grappling with a resurgence of abductions and killings of PWAs, prompting APAM to raise deep security concerns and threatening that the entire PWAs population will migrate to other countries where they would be guaranteed of their safety.

About 25 PWAs have been killed while several others are still missing since the abductions and killings began in Malawi six years ago.

The attacks are fueled by widespread unsubstantiated beliefs across the country that bones and body parts of people with albinism are used for charms that bring luck and wealth.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
my beloved malawi
Guest
my beloved malawi

malawi govt…..who killed that man in prison….that man had all evidence! wy was he killed brutarily in police….tell us otherwise munaonekeratu kuti ur the ones in the killings of our alubino brothers n sisters!
pa 21 may pa muzayankha ndithu

fishmomger
Guest
fishmomger

Where is Alfred yonane now?If it’s a lie then just bring hm i mean Alfred to book.I know u can’t bcz u know muyaluka.Alitu ku zomba konko ndipo anana xomwe anawona.

Mesimadzi
Guest
Mesimadzi

Mumayesa mwabisala?

Favour of Yahweh
Guest

We can dismiss statements but truth cannot be dismissed. We can say Zakhutu, koma zimakuma utazimva. People are suffering with floods, yet people are holding parties in their mansions to aid people with albinism, nothing wrong with that, but what is so urgent between victims of floods and those who are party supporters.

Mashurubu
Guest
Mashurubu

WHO DOESN’T KNOW SHAIBU ABDRAHMAN AJASSIE ,MUNTHU OZISAKA NGATI AMENEYU. INFACT ICJF IS A GROUP OF DISGRUNTLED MOSLEMS , ANTHU OPANDA CHOCHITA.
AJASSIE GIVE PEOPLE A BREAK. WE KNOW YOU ARE SPREADING KACHILOMBO KWA AZIMAYI AMENE SAKUKUDZIWA AND KEEP OUT OF POLITICS.
UDZAFERA NKHONDO YA ENI AKE

Alshabab
Guest
Alshabab

Ajassie’s head is not functioning because of the the makhwala he is taking .

mulokhowalomwe@gmail.com
Guest

Zaveka akuti ndi ruling govt ikupanga zimenezi news on Luso TV ,nkhawaya ndi Masambuka do you KNOW kuti akatha azakowa utati ufe ndiwe WATCH YOUR MOVE BROTHER DON`T BE CHEATED WITH MONEYS ASK JUDAS WHAT HE CONFENSED

Zambulo
Guest
Zambulo

Are some of you forced to make comments on this forum by your masters? Ndikudabwa ma comments enawa alibe ndi mfundo yomwe anthu atolepo….just observing

Mwiri
Guest

KODI CHIDANTI MASOWA NDI MPALAWO BWA?

Samuel
Guest
Samuel

My friend, every face tells a story. What it means is that he does not mean what he is telling. Madzi ozimitsila moto susankha. Mwina probe ikupemphedwai itha kuzimitsa moto umene ukutha abale athuwa. Akuopa chiani ngati sakukhudzidwa. Anthuwa akupempha kuti magulu amenewa afufuzidwe imeneyo ndiye demokilaseyo.