Hell broke loose on Friday at Chambe secondary school in southern district of Mulanje as people went on rampage smashing school property in protest against the rejection of Patricia Kaliati’s husband, Angie Dishion Kaliati, popularly known as Moni Nganga to contest during the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primaries which were scheduled to be held in Mulanje Pasani constituency.
Nyasa Times reporter who witnessed the scenario says it all started when Kaliati flanked by his flamboyant wife Patricia who has just sailed through unopposed during Mulanje West constituency primaries for the DPP, arrived at the venue greeted by overwhelming reception from his supporters chanting “Kaliati yemweyo…kuti wa, wa, wa,…Kaliati yemweyo…. kuti wa, wa, wa” forcing other contestants including the incumbent MP Sefasi Nowa to tack their tails between their legs.
“After his arrival all the contestants including their wives were heading into a small room where they were supposed to discussing the modalities of the elections. Surprisingly other people protesting upon seeing Patricia Kaliati accompanying her husband into the room saying she is a member of the party’s National Governing Council and his influence would likely compromise the elections. And immediately some people suspected to have been hired by one of the contestants chanted “Kaliati achoke!” Patricia Achoke! (Kaliati should go away).”
Our reporter narrates that all the other contestants sided with the anti- Patricia Kaliati group and challenged Dishion Kaliati’s illegibility to contest saying he does not belong to the area.
He says other supporters started smashing school property forcing DPP campaign director, Kennedy Maluwa who was coordinating the elections to cancel the election and postponed it to “a later date until the matter is sorted out”.
However, Kaliati told Nyasa Times that he will continue with his ambitions to contest.
“This has actually given me morale to move on. These people want my help and I feel God has chosen me for this area. I will go ahead and win!”
He said he had to accompany his wife because “everyone here came with their wives so was I. My wife did not come as a member of parliament or a member of National Governing Council but as my wife.”