Malawi’s desperate President Joyce Hilda Mtila Banda in her quest to stick to power has now turned to the Malawi Defence Forces (MDF) to ensure her vote rigging succeeds, we can confidently reveal.
Mrs Banda, is engaging the services of the MDF through her strong allies, Army Commander Henry Odillo, the two deputy Commanders, Lieutenant General Clement Kafuwa and Lieutenant General Msonthi.
Information we have exclusively gathered from a very senior ranking official in the MDF indicates that the army, will engage services of junior ranking officers in this exercise.
The army officers, will be involved at all polling centres in order to ensure, the counting and tabulation of votes is in favour of Mrs Banda.
According to the senior official who sat in meetings planning these election deployments, the army decided against taking commissioned officers (seniors) to these assignments as that would have been an uphill task as most of them are highly disciplined and principled and cannot be easily manipulated.
The MDF top management felt juniors officers would be easily influenced to cheat in the voting process.
As part of this grand plan for the MDF to be involved in the rigging of the May 20th Elections, for example for 250 soldiers from one unit that have been drawn from the Malawi Armed Forces College (MAFCO) in Salima, have only one commissioned officer picked for the exercise.
Similar exaggerated figures of junior MDF officers are expected to be drawn from the Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe, Cobbe Barracks in Zomba, Changalume Barracks in Zomba, Moyale Barracks in Mzuza, Support Battalion in Mvera and Chirumba Garrison in Karonga.
According to law, the Malawi Defence Forces are not allowed to engage in internal security operations as that is a responsibility of the Malawi Police Services.
However, the army can only be engaged if the Police are seen to be overwhelmed with internal security matters, which is not the case in these elections.
According to information from inside the MDF, Army Commander General Henry Odillo who is very much involved in the Cashgate scandal, Mrs Joyce Banda has lined up a senior ranking officer, Major General Maulana from Zomba to take over the Army Commandership in case the government changes after May 20th.
This is to ensure that Maulana covers up for all the theft deals and looting that have been happening in the MDF with full consent from out going President Joyce Hilda Mtila Banda.