Violence was wrong in Ndirance, violence is wrong in Phalombe: It must stop! 

Politically-induced violence appears to be making a steady comeback on the scene and we should all be worried.

Whether it is in Ndirande where some zealots hurled stones at President Peter Mutharika’s convoy, or, it is in Phalombe where Vice-president Saulos Chilima on Friday cut short his campaign after a series of stones fired on his convoy; as a nation, we need to start a serious conversation on this cancer.

It is a cancer that, if left unattended to, we will drift into a season of political pain and sorrow.

Truth be told, political violence doesn’t just sprung from the vacuum. There is always a force behind it, someone carefully planning it.

Let’s face facts here: The current spate of Chilima-targeted violence in Phalombe is a careful reaction to the Mutharika-targeted violence weeks ago in Ndirande.

There must have been a feeling, within the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ranks, that what Mutharika faced in Ndirande was the work of some UTM die-hards.

It believed, rightly and wrongly, that UTM controls much of the urban vote, especially, high density and politically-hot areas such Ndirande and Kawale.

Taking it from this angle, it is easy to argue some people in Phalombe planned a ‘revenge’ on Chilima once he steps in Llomwe belt.

The Ndirande and Phalombe violence debate can go days, even months.

But what we can’t take away is that there is a giant political tussle between UDF/DPP alliance and UTM’s Chilima—not necessarily MCP.

These two blocks—or let me say, Mutharika and Atupele on one side, and Chilima on the other—holds the key to stop the spate of political violence being experienced. These two blocks must stand up and stop the overzealous few in their midst who are planning and executing spates of political violence.

The challenge is that our leaders are paying lip service to this rising challenge of violence.

UTM and MCP were dead silence after a presidential motorcade was stoned in Ndirande. I expected Lazarus Chakwera and Chilima to condemn the incidence in strongest terms as barbaric and archaic. They chose silence.

Similarly, I am not expecting any condemnation from DPP/UDF alliance on the violence Chilima has suffered in Phalombe. I expect them to act like nothing has happened—just going about with campaign.

 

We will always have a challenge when our leaders chooses which wrong to and not to condemn.

Violence is barbaric and archaic for our democracy and it must be condemned and stopped at all cost—it doesn’t matter where it is taking.

I expect out leaders to stand, lock hands and stop this rising danger of political violence. It must be done now.

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Blood sucker chakwera
9 months ago

The PAC hypocrite organization ili pheeee bize kutolera masika uku anthu akukhapana. HRDC and UTMCP akhala akupha anthu plus kuphwanya katundu wa amalawi over the past 10 months koma PAC was pheeee kumangosekerera. Kodi what is PAC there for? Why administer selective justice inu amipingo? Shame. Mumuuze Chakwera achite withdraw mawu ake opepera aja okuti ” I will shade blood in this country” . He must apologize to Malawians unconditionally. Chakwera has no mandate to shade anybody’s blood in this country . Or else, he must start with shading his children’s blood tiwone ngati angapitilize zopusa zakezo. What kind of… Read more »

Bengo
Bengo
9 months ago

Mcp utm was ku icc basi.kikikkk. court ilowelerepo Basi. Zitsiru izi koma.mukuona ngati boma mudzatengera ku ma Court??? Ng’oooooooooooooo

Malawian
Malawian
9 months ago

This is total mediocrity. I am hearing too much noise now that Chilima has been stoned but when it happened to Mutharika timakuonani mukusangalala. Ma analyst mukulemba kuti this is a sign of Mutharika being unpopular this and that.

Total mediocrity

Bauleni
9 months ago

Is it only wrong when Chilima gets stoned? Where were you when Apm got stoned or when Nsundwe defectors are being kicked out of their homes? Uchitsilu basi.

Nzika
Nzika
9 months ago

Why are you leaving out mcp on violence? Is mcp clean?

Okay
Okay
9 months ago

Unfortunately violence has a momentum of its own once started its difficult to control. So my message to leaders of both camps is please rein in your supporters. Especially the idiotic secretaries general who celebrate when their opponents get stoned.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
9 months ago

True it must be stopped henceforth. Stoning of the President is dangerous just like it is with the Vice President so people must just ho into the elections

Mr Truth Pains
9 months ago

It’s not only MCP & UTM who were silence on Ndirande scandal but also UDF & DPP on Mr Tambala family who were burn alive and asleep in their house.
The weakness of our leader says it all.

goodson
goodson
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr Truth Pains

What about Chakwera on Imedis murder. It’s not about taking sides but accepting that violence is absolutely wrong. If our leaders will not say it we as citizens can. Violence against any Malawian is wrong

Flamingo
Flamingo
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr Truth Pains

You stone mutharika,in ndirande,and you expect what? How,about nkhatabay and mzimba?

Tati
Tati
9 months ago

An editorial because SKC was on the receiving end? When APM’s convoy was stoned we didn’t see an editorial

Gugu
9 months ago
Reply to  Tati

Nyasa Times is part of the pro-opposition media that why they often have ignored these violent acts including Chakwera telling MCP supporters to spill blood and him going to Nsundwe to say ‘Thank You’ to MCP thugs

Truth pains
Truth pains
9 months ago

Well articulated and very neutral. Malawians, let’s not entertain this element that causes destructive civil war. The peace we enjoy in Malawi today is the gold other countries are looking for. Whether you support either alliance, our solemn responsibility is to ensure peace for all. Do unto others which you feel should be done to you

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