Youth Cadets (Democratic Progressive Party) (Malawi)

Country: Malawi
Details of Formation: The Youth Cadets were formed in 2011 by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Details of Termination: President Mutharika from the DPP died on April 5, 2012. On April 8, 2012, Joyce Hilde Banda from the People’s Party became the President of Malawi.
Purpose: The Youth Cadets’ main purpose was to intimidate and act against anti-government protesters as well as critical journalists, which they did during press rallies and after calls from the president.
Organisation: The Youth Cadets were the youth wing of the ruling DPP party and were modeled on the Young Pioneers.
Weapons and Training: The Youth Cadets used firebombs.
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Treatment of Civilians: The Youth Cadets engaged in intimidation of and threats against journalists. After calls from President Mutharika for violent actions against dissidents, they committed murders, and used firebombs, beatings and harassment to fulfill their President’s wish. They became notorious for beating and torching the housed of DPP opponents.
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References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.