Opposition People’s Party (PP) has condemned the unruly behavior being displayed by youth cadets for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who have resorted in beating up members of the opposition political parties ahead of the forthcoming May 21 tripartite election.
Last week DPP cadets assaulted United Transformation Movement (UTM) National Youth Director Bon Kalindo in Mulanje in full view of Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi at the DC’s office and police are yet to arrest anyone.
On Sunday, the DPP cadets assaulted three UTM Members led by its Regional Governor for Eastern Region and a Video clip is circulating on the social media and the police are yet to arrest the said cadets.
And this morning, the social media has also been awash with reports of DPP youth cadets assaulting Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Edward Govat in Blantyre.
The only scene that Govat has committed is supporting the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and describing DPP as a bunch of thieves.
Due to the savagely behavior by DPP cadets, PP through its spokesperson Ackson Kalaile Banda has issued a statement condemning the violent attack.
“Peoples Party strongly believes that this kind of behaviour is undemocratic, barbaric and savagery from any angle one looks at it.
“First and foremost, every citizen of Malawi is endowed with rights which must be fully exercised if one so wishes. Freedoms of association and assembly should not be tampered with by anyone in any way if they are exercised within the confines of the law of the land,” read in part the statement.
He added: “In the given scenarios there was no justification for the alleged DPP members to assault their political opponents simply on the basis of differing affiliations. Doing so is savagery of highest order which should not be entertained in this era of democratic dispensation.
“Malawians voted out autocratic one-party leadership in 1993 and opted for multiparty kind of politics because we realized how retrogressive monoism is to the political space.
“It therefore is sad to note that 25 years later the DPP has become a bearer of violence against other political players, dragging the country back to one-party tendencies where alternative voices were labeled as sinful.”
Effort to talk to DPP Spokesperson Nicholas Dausi proved futile.