Malawian army commander condemns speculation about government takeover – Malawi 24
Malawi Defense Forces (MDF) Commander Gen. Vincent Nundwe has lambasted speculations that Malawian soldiers are planning to strike and take power, saying the people spreading such rumors are stupid.
He made the remarks this morning at the College of the Armed Forces of Malawi (MAFCO) in Salima, where cadets were commissioned and there was also a key handover parade for new recruits.
Nundwe expressed concern over a social media prophecy from a pastor who claimed there was an impending strike by soldiers and another post speculating on a military takeover. He added that there were also allegations that he had been detained by soldiers.
“The people who broadcast such claims are fools. They don’t know what they’re talking about, a coup is war. Look at what is happening in Ethiopia where soldiers are fighting. And is this what we want to bring to Malawi because someone wants a job? We will not tolerate.
“Let’s not bring conflict to Malawi, it’s peaceful, let it stay peaceful,” Nundwe said.
He added: “When we have problems, we go straight to the Commander-in-Chief because we think dialogue is what is important. A soldier does not take trouble to the streets.
The army commander further stated that as soldiers of the Malawi Defense Forces, they would never try to influence domestic politics or allow interference from different people.
He also condemned some soldiers in the Malawian army for lobbying politicians. Nundwe further noted that there was a time in the past that letters came from the Office of the President and the Cabinet deploying military officers and promoting them.
“We cannot accept this. It is the army that gives ranks to officers, ”Nundwe said.
Speaking at the event, President Lazarus Chakwera said he expects MDF to stay true to its mandate, the citizens, the Constitution of Malawi and the nation’s flag.
During the event, Chakwera commanded 151 cadets and presided over the parade of 1,055 military recruits who successfully completed one-year training and four-month basic training respectively.