With the clock moving towards the to 2019 Tripartite Elections, chiefs in Mzimba District have asked political parties against using the youth to incite violence.
In random interviews, the chiefs said Malawi is a peaceful country; hence, they would like everyone to maintain their peace irrespective of political affiliations or potential. They urged political parties to respect the rule of law.
Mzimba Ngoni Chiefs Council chairperson Inkosi Mpherembe said he will not condone any form of violence in his area.
He said: “Violence is barbaric behaviour, it is uncalled for and it has no room in democratic Malawi. I cannot tolerate that.”
On his part, Inkosi Kampingo Sibande said one of their roles as chiefs is to enforce peace in communities. He said he will work closely with other chiefs to sensitise the youth to consequences of violence.
Inkosi Khosolo and Mzukuzuku said they will invite political party leaders to devise a peaceful campaign before campaign starts.
Recently, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadets caused chaos during the opening of the 2018/19 budget meeting at Parliament Building in Lilongwe where they barred Mulanje West legislator Patricia Kaliati and Blantyre City East legislator Noel Masangwi from entering Parliament. They also beat up Times Group journalist Douglas Banda for taking pictures of the supporters as they were being evicted from Parliament. n