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DPP, MCP supporters clash in Shire Valley

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By Jameson Chauluka:

Suspected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Cadets pulled down Malawi Congress Party (MCP) flags in Chikwawa and Nsanje as President Peter Mutharika visited people affected by heavy rains and floods in the two districts Monday.

The people, clad in DPP T-shirts, disembarked from a white pick-up which did not have a number plate and started pulling down MCP flags along the main road starting from Sorgin then Bangula in Nsanje Lalanje Constituency before attempting to do the same at Ngabu in Chikwawa Nkombezi Constituency.

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Member of Parliament for Nsanje Lalanje Constituency, Lawrence Sitolo, accused DPP of sending violent youths, believed to have been ferried from Blantyre, to terrorise the two districts in the Shire Valley.

“This is undemocratic and should not be tolerated ahead of the forth-coming tripartite elections. This is a sign of gross political intolerance which should have no space in a democracy,” he said.

Sitolo said it was disheartening that the suspected cadets were reining the terror in plain view of the police.

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At Ngabu, the suspected cadets met resistance of MCP supporters who quickly mobilised themselves to protect their flags.

For about 30 minutes, the suspected DPP Cadets engaged in verbal war with MCP supporters, singing provocative songs against each other until they left.

DPP spokesperson, Nicholas Dausi, who is also Homeland Security Minister, Monday said: “I am not aware of that. I am hearing it from you.”

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