Democratic Progressive Party Senior Officials, Kondwani Nankhumwa and Bright Msaka who also happen to be the Party’s Presidential aspirants have demanded the immediate release of the Citizens Against impunity and corruption leaders, Joshua Chisa Mbele and others.
The Police on Friday arrested Joshua Chisa Mbele, Levi Luwembe and 3q others who were leading the Anti-Government Demonstrations against impunity, Corruption and skyrocketing of basic commodities.
National Police Spokesperson, Peter Kalaya confirmed the development saying the human rights activists have been arrested for inciting violence. He added that the arrested people are in custody and being held at Area 3 Police Station.
Reacting to the matter, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Kondwani Nankhumwa, in a statement, said the arrest is against Democracy.
“The action is a futile attempt to suppress the freedoms of speech and assembly as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi,” Nankhumwa said in the statement.
Another Party Official to comment on the matter is Bright Msaka,who announced his intention to contest for the Presidency of the party, and said demonstrations are a basic right enshrined in the Constitution of Malawi.
“What is shocking is that this regime came into being after a series of destructive protests that left properties damaged and demonstrators injured.
“I would like to remind President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera that demonstrations are a basic right enshrined in the constitution of Malawi which is the supreme law of the land.
“I therefore call upon the authorities to immediately set free all arrested civilians who are exercising their rights,” said Msaka.
Ironically, it was reported that the DPP officials are allegedly being complicated in the sponsoring of the demonstrations.
The reports say that the Party’s officials have been sponsoring the recent serious Anti-Government Demonstrations.