Nyasa Times Investigations reveal that three Policemen in civilian wear on Tuesday stormed The Malawi Polytechnic to question college administrators on the existence of a political pressure group, a move some students called illegal and contrary to the Kampala Declaration among other Laws granting academic freedom.
“They come to ask about the Youth for Freedom and Democracy (YFD) whose scathing publication The Weekly Political Update has already seen police arrest some of the YDF members,” said our source, “but this is exactly what caused the impasse at Chanco, universities are not police training grounds, they are a holy place.”
This comes a day after Police raided the home of 21 year old Black Moses, president of YDF whisking him away to an unknown location where he is apparently being question over the publication which is a one-paged numbered prose that uses critical language against Mutharika’s authoritarian rule.
The police came to the Poly because YDF has members at the campus and the move shows that the police are tracking owners of numbers that are on the publication.
In a separate incident, the college officials were also accused by Police of opening the college before September 21 so that the students should participate in the mass demonstrations. But one administrator shot down the allegation and called it “stupid,” pointing out that the opening date was selected and put on the academic calendar long before the Vigils were announced.
“Something is wrong with the police, they are suddenly interested in running universities now?” said the administrator.
This week’s 6th edition of the ‘Political Update’ alleged that Mutharika has set aside K40 million to counter the September 21 slated mass acts against his administration.
The Monday paper also alleged that Mutharika has used the US$100 million he borrowed from PTA bank to buy fuel, that Kayerekera Uranium mine is depositing about K14 million to Mutharika’s account, that RBM’s Perks Ligoya and business tycoon Mulli jointly own a fat account in Dubai, that the presidential jet was briefly impounded in the US and that two army pilot trainees were sent back from America and that the secretary to the treasury has so far extorted K16 million from investors on DPP’s behalf.
“The YFD are in touch with the DPP plan of action as how police will use torture people to extract and coax some to give false evidence to cover up the petrol bombings of Sembereka’s house and IPI offices,” reads part of the document continuing to allege that Mulli brothers are funding police to cover up the crimes.
Asked how the group gets its info, the unmoved vice president said that his group has links going all the way to the inner sanctum of the DPP that smuggle information through another source [name withheld]
“We are the guys that revealed the names of the guys that burnt IPI offices, we are also the guys that broke the news that government had imported panga knifes for DPP youth ‘cadets,’ we are well connected,” said the source.