Violence will be one of ‘survival mechanisms’ in Malawi tripartite elections -PAC

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) HAS  observed that the continued cases of political violence on individuals who take different views  within and outside political parties is a sign of panic as the country approaches the May 21 tripartite elections.

Politically-motivated violence condemned 

The quasi-religious grouping made the observation in the  wake of attack on Mulanje South legislator Bon Kalindo in Mulanje on Wednesday and failure by the leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera to attend Reverend John Chilembwe memorial service over security concerns .

In a statement issued on Wednesday, co-signed by PAC chairperson Reverend Dr. Felix Chingota and spokesperson Father Peter Mulomole,  the governance watchdog said the incidents would render the May 19 Tripartite Elections not to be free and fair, which may lead to undesirable outcomes.

‘“The beating  of  Hon. Bon Kalindo confirms  that  political  violence  will  be  one  of  the survival  mechanisms  in the  2019  race. PAC strongly condemns the beating of Kalindo, whether it was perpetrated by the opposition or governing party,’’ read the statement in part.

Kalindo on Wednesday morning claimed he was assaulted by some people he believed were governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters.

He said he was invited by Mulanje District Council to a budget meeting where he was also expected to handover two police units he constructed in his constituency.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said police have not yet arrested anyone in connection to Kalindo’s attack.

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heavyduty
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heavyduty

dpp are thugs kungomumenya muntu chifukwa mr maliseche akufuna mpando nanga akanamupa , chifukwa cha undindo zoona uzifanana ndi moyo Wa muntu , nkalamba za 80 years zikuopa kufa koma kumupangira chiwembu nyamata ngati ameneyi chifukwa cha dyela ndi udindo nanga akanafa

Gerald Mapanga Phiri
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Gerald Mapanga Phiri

We have been experienced such kind of politics in life I don’t want to see it again. Those people never saw it before late them articulate to their advantage but for me. I can’t justify it, even to arrest someone just to insult president. Bukili was the worst insulted president in his time but never activated that close instead he responded by saying if you insult president that means you are in democracy and you have freedom. Its up to you we fought for democracy in our youth time its your time to protect.

Stanley Mdala
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Stanley Mdala

The police in Malawi is not acting professional. It biased towards their masters who is Dausi and Mchacha both are DPP maddogs appointed in the positions in order to harass opposition politicians. I have called before that the opposition led by Chakwera should stand up and criticise these idiots. It is the job of the opposition leaders in this case main leadership of MCPs to call for dismissal of Inspector General of Police and his deputy Jose and Mwapasa respectively to be fired and appoint new people to run the police. The inaction by the police on Mr Kalindos attack… Read more »

Mtenzi Mzungu
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Mtenzi Mzungu

The DC for Mulanje should have known that it was not proper to invite Kalindo consider the environment we are in. He too should be answerable. And why did he not meet him? He knows something he should be investigated. He wants to tarnish the image of DPP by conniving with UTM. The problem is UTM wants to win the elections by all means.

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Only by DPP as shown in the picture.

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