Victims of MCP dictatorship atrocities threaten vigil at OPC: Demand compensations

The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) at the Capital Hill could soon host thousands of victims of the one-party atrocities and injustices who are planning a vigil to demonstrate anger and displeasure over the government’s failure to settle their compensations.

Unandi Banda: Stressing a point at the news conference
The news conference

The victims – who are calling themselves Returnees and Detainees – told journalists in Lilongwe on Wednesday that they are fed up with government’s continued delay tactics over the issue.

The group’s publicity secretary, Lieutenant Griffin Kondowe, said they have been prompted to resort to a vigil following reports that the government is developing a policy on the compensation of all victims of the one party state.

Sangwani Kaswaya Mkandawire – an executive member of the Returnees and Detainees – suspected that this is a deliberate ploy by the government to further delay compensation.

“Why is the government insisting on a policy when the issue is straightforward? Was there a policy before Malawi Young Pioneers (MYPs) were paid in 2018?” asked Mkandawire as he read a statement issued for immediate release.

He said the government cannot talk about policy now because this was already addressed before the establishment of the National Compensation Act.

Mkandawire emphasized that the fact that Malawi had a tribunal means there was policy direction on how to handle the issue.

“We also know that policy development is a process that takes a long time. People have waited for 25 years for compensation. Developing a policy will mean waiting more years. We are saying that this talk of a policy is simply an attempt by the government to deny victims their right to compensation.

“We are aware that there is already a report, which is clearly stipulating what government needs to do to heal the wrongs of the One Party regime. The report titled ‘Malawi’s Unhealed Wounds’, produced by the Ombudsman in October 2017, contains measures which, if implemented, would substantially correct and heal a large part of the wrongs of the one-party regime,” he said.

Mkandawire further stated that the National Compensation Tribunal created by Section 137 of the 1994 Constitution to compensate people who had suffered or lost property during the one party rule had been abused by politicians by making payments to politically connected individuals.

He said most of them received only interim payments ranging from K10, 000 to K20, 000 awaiting full compensation.

“However, the full compensation has not been made up to now. Our pleas to the government to settle the outstanding claims have fallen on deaf ears,” said Mkandawire.

He also wondered why the government is proposing the establishment of a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission to facilitate national reconciliation and healing and construction of a monument and a community centre in Moto Village to honour the victims of the one party atrocities when it is failing to compensate the victims.

However, Mkandawire emphasized that the returnees and detainees are not against the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“We are also not against the idea of erecting monuments or museums to honour the victims. These things are important to facilitate national processes of acknowledging the atrocities of the past and encouraging reconciliation and healing. However, we are surprised as to why government is prioritizing these things when issues of compensation for the victims and returnees have not been addressed,” he said.

Mkandawire said erecting monuments is a good idea and  setting up a truth and reconciliation commission is also a good idea but  said government should compensate people first.

“ Erection of monuments is simply a symbolic act recognizing that atrocities were committed. However, it would be a mockery to the victims, to start erecting monuments before compensating them. Our message to the government is: start with compensating victims. Monuments can be erected later,” he said.

The returnees and detainees have since called upon the Tonse government to address their concerns with haste, warning that any delays will spark more anger among them.

“As victims, we are fed up with government’s continued delay tactics over the issue. We have waited for too long! 25 years is a long time. Some of our colleagues have died before getting their compensation. Many more will die before getting their compensation if we allow government to continue its delay tactics. Enough is enough!

“Therefore, we are giving government 1 month. If we do not get any tangible communication from the government within 1 month, we, victims, will have no choice but to camp at the Office of the President and Cabinet at Capital Hill.  What we want is our compensation. We will do anything to force the government to give us our money,”

Governance activist John Unandi Banda, who is one of the returnees and detainees, said they cannot wait for their compensations any longer.=

Other members present at the media  briefing included Alexander Msiska, who is the secretary, Coordinator of the committee. Also attending included Life Sanudi, Patrick Johnson, Arnold Dzekedzeke and Andrew Phiri from Mchinji, among others.

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nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

zatha zmwe zinkangolowa mma account.
khalani pasi musapokosere.
kamuuzeni pitala
ndi joice.mxiii pena pake umangoganiza zoboola mitu ya anthu ena and drai n out all the brain ndikuiika mu tumble drier kuti kapena kaganizidwe langasinthe.
Mimd set change yi tili li.modzi koma?? when you see the team yodandaulayo one laugh. osamangokhala ma group oyan’ganila mma location mu. SAD THINKING

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

akapanga mbindilo ku OPC ati?????
bwanji titaona zocotsa zinyatsi then ndikuyamba nkhani yamgoneramgomerayi??? akulu akulu inu olo mwana wamu atha kukufusani kuti why this time than wait??
mind you there are lots of people who jhelped to come up with the TONSE ALLIANCE. CANT YOU SEE THIS AND READ IN THIS WORD”TONSE” PLEASE????ypu are talkimg of lost property at least you had an idea of what and why the loss. How about people who lost their lives”the torched family at the UTM OFFICE ”area 24.
Have gutz guys.
pa dzana

Good riddance
Good riddance
7 months ago

Inu akanangokuponyerani ku ma crocodile ndithu. Useless idiots.

Kambewa ngozo
7 months ago

Foseki
Where were you all these years. Poverty yabvuta so you want to find ways and means of getting money.
We don’t want our tax money to be paid to these Capricorns and sale out

I Gumba
I Gumba
7 months ago

Zopusa zimenezo iwe Unandi kaya ndiwe Uchoko kapange kampeni ngati Kamlepo uwina zikuyendera as simple as all that. Ineyo wa MYP wina amafuna kundimangitsa chifukwa chosapita ku msonkhano wa Kamuzu kenaka ndidathawira ku Tanzania nanga atipase ndalama boma, likwanitsa tonsefe tiyene tizileke zonsezi abale chonde. A unandi mmanjoya posachedwapa zatha ndalama mukufuna zaulere nsanje poti MCP ili mu boma muli mu DDP bwanji simmakumbutsa zimenezo

Emmanuel means God is With Us.

Zinazi inu nzomvetsa kuzimva. Mukafunse anzanu to Rwanda, Sierra Leon, Mozambique, etc and they will tell what atrocities are. Most Malawians were walking free and were receiving good education unlike these days. In a society no everyone is perfect and we have thieves, rapists, murderers etc. The government is not like by everyone. Those who were planning to overthrow the government faced the consequences.

Lumbani
Lumbani
7 months ago

You are very stupid. People were being killed and their bodies buried in unmarked graves. Like the Chisizas and other less known people. Ngati munkadyerera just keep quiet

Kambewa ngozo
7 months ago

Exactly
Those who were planning to overthrow the government faced Mabvuto and mbala zonse were sent to prison. Capricorns faced what they saw. I know some os you run away because you had stolen money from government. When multiparty come people were asked is they had issues to state. Pano poverty yabvuta and you want easy money FOSEKI.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Iwe Unandi Banda mzako Kamlepo worked hard and is now an MP for the second term. Are you bitter that MCP is back? Respect the will of the people and please do not make the new MCP look bad. Work hard in the field like advised by Kamuzu and not taking to the streets like what you are planning. We want to develop Malawi which was hijacked by bandits like you. Muluzi, Brown Mpinganjira and dpp cadets led by a failure APM.

Kambewa ngozo
7 months ago

The shity man is broke and he wants easy money. This is our tax money FOSEKI

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
7 months ago

Who was MCP during Dr Banda time? All Malawians living within the boarders of Malawi were MCP members from Nsanje to Chitipa. And in many cases were the people within their communities, amongst themselves who were inflicting atrocities yo each other. The problem was the system. One party system was the problem. But now this is politics at play

mtete
mtete
7 months ago

This was sorted out during UDF Government and it is not an endless exercise. In any case where were these people during DPP 1, PP and DPP 2? Some of the complainants were criminals anyway.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba
Reply to  mtete

True! Umphawi wawavuta chabe awa. Some went into self exile after committing crimes and came back as political victims. I had a relative who did that. There was one Aford member who run to Zambia after forcing a woman to abort his pregnancy and came back after 1992 and became a minister.

Kambewa ngozo
7 months ago
Reply to  mtete

Yee I know someone run away and went to Zambia to avoid arrest after stealing.

Nicholas
7 months ago

Wati bodza vauponda

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