Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

17 May 2014

Malawi: FND Warn On Alleged DPP Election Violence

Lilongwe — The Forum for National Development (FND) on Thursday requested the Malawi Electoral Commission, and all Law enforcing and Crime Investigations Agencies to monitor the post elections with close attention considering some devious tensions and violence coined by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The National Coordinator for FND, Fryson Chodzi said considering the short period left, the FND would like to expose some of the devious activities that the DPP has been planning and undertaking which may be detrimental to peace and unity and more so to the conduct to free, democratic and fair elections.

"The FND has reliable evidence of plans by the DPP to instigate post-elections violence should they lose the elections on May 20. We would like to call upon all peace loving Malawians to be ever-alert in the light of these devious plans which are primarily aimed at making this nation ungovernable," he said.

Adding that, "the DPP imagines and believes that the incumbent President Dr Joyce Banda and the Peoples' Party robbed them of their government when in fact the latter came into power through Constitutional means."

Chodzi furthermore said that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) seems so desperate to rule again because the leadership feels that President Banda has declared war against its politburo and hence the need to fight her at all cost.

There are people within the DPP who benefited from monopolizing all government contracts and business opportunities who no longer enjoy the same now.

"There are also misguided people who feel that their tribe is superior, hence the need to rule and some of these form part of the DPP 'Think Tank," he said.

He however, alleged the DPP has agreed within its top ranks that they must win the May 20 elections either by hook or crook.

Chodzi alleges that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has created terror cells to unleash violence once they seem to lose. These terror cells are being organized in Luchenza, Goliati, Bangwe, Ndirande, Chikanda, Mchesi, Area 25, and Zolozolo in Mzuzu.

He added that the DPP mobilized teachers to go on strike on 19th May before elections and that the party is working with some member of Civil Society Organisations to destabilize the government and elections.

"We have reliable evidence some members of CSOs want to make sure that President Banda loses elections," Chodzi said.

The Forum for National Development (FND) has also found out that the DPP leadership intends to declare themselves winners in the early hours of May 21.

"The idea is that should MEC make contrary announcement, the terror cell groups should rise and start violent protest," Fryson Chodzi said.

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