The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) continues its quest of silencing those who dare its leader Peter Mutharika with latest being the arrest of Tusekele Mwanyongo, an aide to former
President Joyce Banda on allegations that that he uses Facebook ‘Chigoba’ account of Gerald Kampanikiza, to attack Mutharika.
Mwanyongo is currently being detained at Blantyre Police following State House orders on allegations that he is the man behind the Gerald Kampanikiza Facebook account. Kampanikiza is a strong critic of President Peter Mutharika and his ruling DPP on social media.
Mwanyongo was picked up Friday morning and he confirmed to the media that he has been arrested and expressed surprise on what wrong he has done.
“Yes am at Blantyre Police, am under arrest. I don’t know what wrong I have done, maybe they are going to tell me,” said Mwanyongo.
Police sources said Mwanyongo has been picked following orders from ‘above’ on suscipicion that he operates under s pseudo name of Gerald Kampakaniza who criticizes Mutharika and his government on social media especially Facebook.
The arrest should send worrying signals to Malawians as traces of dictatorship would be creeping back in President Mutharika who recently has not been taking criticism positively.
Government announced the drafting of new cyber laws to control the use of social media across the country. A bill that will impose harsh punishment for “abusers” of social media platforms would soon be tabled before parliament.
President Mutharika recently expressed concern over the use of social media by Malawians, calling for new laws to regulate defamatory and malicious messages expressed on social media.