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DPP, workers clash at Labour Day event

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There was a battle of supremacy between workers and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets as the cadets tried to take over Labour Day commemorations on Monday in Blantyre.

Initially, some workers resisted entering the Kamuzu Upper Stadium where the commemorations were held arguing that there was too much presence of the DPP cadets and women in their party regalia. The workers argued the party supporters almost turned the function into a political event.

When Mutharika sat on the podium, the workers in red came, chanting anti-labour injustices songs including ‘Tulutsani wanuyo timuone ngati ali wabwino atsitseko misonkho’.

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This did not go down well with the DPP cadets who jumped on their feet to counter the workers with their own chant ‘Sizikugwirizana’ and ‘adadi’ in reference to Mutharika.

The situation nearly got out of hand until DPP officials including Ken Msonda intervened to calm the cadets.

The confusion continued as the two camps tried to take over ownership of the function.

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Immediately after one camp finished singing, the other rose to counter the morale.

President of the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions Luther Mambala did not help the situation by declaring that Mutharika is the best president for the workers while the workers themselves complained of high taxes, low wages and corruption among others.

“I am flabbergasted when some people point a finger only at you, Your Excellency, for corruption. What have they, themselves, done to end corruption? They are also corrupt and they should stop pointing a finger at you,” he said, much to the excitement of the cadets.

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