Malawi military and Police officers raided the residences of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Peter Mutharika on Wednesday in Lilongwe’s Area 10 and 43 houses amid escalating political tension over results of Tuesday presidential elections.
Mutharika told a news conference at his Nyambadwe house in Blantyre, that his guards refused the soldiers and cops entry because they had no search warrant condemning the raid as “serious threat to democracy”.
“They came around 10am, but my security officers denied them entry. This is a serious threat to democracy since the army and police are supposed to protect and not intimidate citizens,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika sounded poised to form government, saying he will not do any retribution.
“This country is bigger than individuals. We have a lot of work to do as you all know that this government almost collapsed. So there will be no room targeting people,” said Mutharika sounding as an incoming leader.
“In fact I would not want anyone to suffer like I and my family did. This tendency that former presidents in the region have to live in fear has to stop. So no one should be scared if I am elected,” said Mutharika.
Asked what kind of cabinet will he have if elected, Mutharika responded by assuring a lean cabinet.
“It will be a maximum of 20 people including deputy ministers. We have to save money. It will also be inclusive including those from the media – you all have a stake in this country,” said Mutharika, who accompanied his special aide Ben Phiri.
Mutharika also downplayed claims by People’s Party that DPP was rigging election with a parallel tally centre, saying it was licenced by the Electoral Commission similar to that of other parties, observers and civil society organisations.-Nyasa Times