…Three DPP MPs masterminding the plot
Malawi ruling party, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wants Kamlepo Kalua dead for speaking against corruption and accusing President Peter Mutharika of shielding cabinet ministers implicated in the cashgate scandal.
DPP has so far ordered its cadets, the party’s notorious arm, to deal with Kamlepo. DPP MP for Thyolo West Charles Mchacha recently assured Mutharika that Kamlepo will be dealt with accordingly for his accusations.
“Tiauza anyamata athu ma cadet athane naye Kamlepo (Our cadets will be ordered to finish Kamlepo),” Mchacha has been quoted as saying to the grinning of President Mutharika who did not condemn the shocking remarks.
Commentators have interpreted Mutharika’s silence as his endorsement of Mchacha’s sentiments.
Meanwhile, Kamlepo has implicated two other DPP MPs who have been terrorising him with death threats.
“Since my calls to have the corrupt ministers exposed, I have been receiving death threats from those in power,” said Kamlepo in a Facebook post.
He listed Kennedy Maluwa and Thomson Kamangila among DPP MPs who have been sending him death threats.
“If these people are innocent why are they threatening me?” he posted before assuring the public that he will not wither with the threat.
“As a citizen of Malawi and someone who loves my country I will not be intimidated by anyone. My stand still remains: all corrupt people should pay for taking Malawians as fools. This is not about regions or tribes. As Malawians let us all unite to stop this nonsense once and for all. I will stand by my words and will fight for Malawians who are suffering because few selfish individuals don’t care about our country,” he added.
The panga wielding bandits are a legacy that DPP was well known for between 2009 and 2012. Those who opposed the DPP such as Robert Chasowa died mysteriously. Several others who protested against the regime were killed in cold blood.
But in the lead up to the 2014 elections, the party remorsefully apologised for the violence and said it had rebranded.