Democratic Progressive Party accused of terror


The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is being accused of unleashing terror on Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters as the battle for Nsanje Lalanje parliamentary seat heats up.

But DPP spokesperson, Francis Kasaila, has rubbished the claim by counter-accusing the MCP of initiating violence.

Yesterday morning, some people believed to be DPP sympathisers are said to have invaded the constituency, removing MCP flags and harassing people thought to be MCP supporters.


One of the eye-witnesses, Razia Mmanga, said the people, most of whom are strangers in the area, argued that the country has one ruling party in the DPP which has a right to erect flags.

“They came at around 9 or 10 o’clock in the morning. There was commotion when Bangula Primary School pupils started stoning them,” she said.

MCP Regional Chairperson for the South, Peter Simbi, said he was reliably informed that the DPP brought the people from Ndirande, Bangwe and Nancholi townships in Blantyre to terrorise the constituency.


But Kasaila said the DPP cannot be held responsible for what is happening and has already made it known that it is the MCP that is causing terror.

“Yesterday we released a statement that MCP is threatening our people and today they are saying we removed their flags? We are committed to a clean campaign but the MCP does not want this because it does not have enough people on the ground,” he said.

Reports indicate that one person was arrested in the fracas but Chiromo Police could not confirm or deny the incident.

Meanwhile, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has confirmed the incident took place.

But Mec spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa was quick to say the issue is in the hands of District Commissioner for Nsanje.

“We have heard of the incident and we have asked the District Commissioner (Gift Rapozo) in his capacity as the district’s elections coordinator to attend to it through the multiparty liaison committee together with the police,” Mwafulirwa said.

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