Opposition, HRDC accused of plotting to overthrow government

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has accused leaders of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM for turning the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) into their platform for launching violence and anarchy in the country.

DPP made the accusations though its press statement which was signed by its Secretary General, Griezeldar Jeffrey.

The party’s spokesperson, Nicholus Dausi also confirmed the development to YFM online.

The statement said DPP has observed the systematic conspiracy between UTM leader, Saulosi Chilima and MCP saying they have hijacked HRDC platform and have turned themselves into a “three-some axis of evil”.

The statement further said DPP will not give the two parties and HRDC a space to overthrow the country’s constitutional democracy.

Reads part of the statement: “We as DPP have now taken a solid stand and we will continue mobilizing Malawians to march and protest against these elements of anarchy and actors of terror.”

According to the statement, the party has also expressed deepest sadness over what it described as a sinister motive by UTM leader, Dr. Saulosi Chilima to kill President Peter Mutharika.

“We are utterly baffled that here is an individual who was embraced and picked by president Mutharika, treated him as his son and nurtured him for political prosperity but now he is using all methods to wrestle power using the backdoor and evil tactics,” the statement said.

DPP has also accused Chilima for trying to hijack the DPP when he was the vice president of the party.
The party has again warned HRDC over its plans to shut down the state residences and described the plan as an invasion of the presidency.

During its recent political rally which DPP held at N’jamba Freedom Park in Blantyre, the party’s leadership vowed to deal with HRDC members and hours later some HRDC leaders were arrested by police over the statement they made during their press briefing at Lingadzi inn in Lilongwe.

During the presser, the HRDC leaders called upon people to seal state residencies in order to force Mutharika to sign the electoral reforms bills that were passed in Parliament last month.

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