Former veep Chilumpha faults Chilima on Machinga shooting incident

Malawi’s former Vice President (VP) Cassim Chilumpha, who is also Assembly for Democracy and Development (ADD) leader, has condemned the alleged shooting of unarmed civilians by incumbent VP Saulos Chilima’s security personnel in Machinga, saying it raises fears of the worst should MCP-UTM alliance leaders be elected into government. 

Speaking at a political rally he addressed in Nkhotakota on Saturday alongside alliance partners Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) officials, Chilumpha said firing at unarmed civilians was frightening.

UTM Party president Saulos Chilima cancelled his campaign whistle stops in Machinga on Friday after unknown people blocked the road he was traveling.

Dr Cassim Chilumpha

The incident led to the shooting by Chilima’s security personnel. Some people are reported to have been injured in the process.

Despite calls by different leaders, including political party presidents, political violence in the country continues to rage as the ruling and opposition sides have seen their share of victimisation and aggression.

“The President chose to use a bypass road in Lilongwe when people blocked his motorcade despite having the power to order his security men to use force and clear the way.

“And his running mate Atupele Muluzi recently in Mponela left the place without such incident despite people blocking his motorcade,” he said.

DPP Secretary General Grezelder Jeffrey said the party was poised to win the court sanctioned presidential election, citing a number of development projects by the DPP-led government.

UDF Member of Parliament for Nkhotakota South East, Yahard Ibrahim Sadala said President Peter Mutharika was a humble and patient leader who needed to continue ruling the country for continued peace and development.

Speaking at the same rally, Traditional Authority Malengachanzi bemoaned lack of respect, love and justice in the country, saying it was causing problems. 

He said jealousy, envy and the pull him/her attitude by many Malawians was retarding development in the country.

Source: Mana