MCP, DPP take political rivalry to a chief’s funeral

In African culture, funerals are most respected places than any place. Malawi is not spared from that culture. Funerals are in most cases accompanied by sombre mood and dignified mourning from family relations and friends.

Kudontoni: MCP wanted the funeral to be political battle field

Kudontoni: MCP wanted the funeral to be political battle field

In African setup funerals unite people despite social status in the society.
Anyone found misbehaving during funeral in Malawi is summoned before the chiefs and discplined depending on the gravity of the offence.

However, this was not the case on Monday in Ntchisi when the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) refused the Malawi Congress Party(MCP) to mourn during the burial of Traditional Authority Chilooko of Ntchisi who passed away few days ago at Kamuzu Central Hospital.

Drama started when DPP officials openly declared that the funeral is for government so there was no need for leader of opposition Dr Lazarus Chakwera to give his euology.

Government angered the MCP camp who went and grab the microphone from DPP Secretary General Ecklen Kudontoni and handed it over to MCP leader Chakwera.

When Chakwera finished his eulogy, the microphone was also handed to government side.

Kudontoni in an interview with Nyasa Times accused MCP of trying to politicize the funeral.

“The problem is that Chakwera wanted that his presence should be felt but what I know is that funeral especially that of T/A is run by Government,” said Kudontoni.

But iMCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwira counter accused DPP of politicking the bereavement.

” It is DPP which politicised the funeral. What DPP should know is that Dr Chakwera is a leader of opposition in this country, Dr Chakwera is MCP president and in African culture no one is refused to mourn, Dr Chakwera has a right as a bonafide Malawian to deliver his eulogy,” said Kabwira.

Meanwhile it is not known if chiefs in the area are going to summon members of the two parties for causing problems during the funeral ceremony.

Senior chief Malenga of Ntchisi who happen to be spokesperson of the believed family confirmed to Nyasa Times about the incident.

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52 thoughts on “MCP, DPP take political rivalry to a chief’s funeral”

  1. MaKopa says:

    Shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa drama at the funeral. Malawi 4 life

  2. nkhakamila says:

    thats why malawi will never develop.nanga mpanga kukanganila maliro …chinthu chokufa…eeeh kusowa ma plan…amalawi tizachangamuka liti..apatu ndichimodzimodzi kulimbirana za kuntaya.shame!

  3. Fantabulous says:

    Remember what happened in Zomba. They snatched nkhata. Now they thought they were going to do it again. Next time they will know how to behave. Zamanyazi.

  4. Kanyimbi says:

    Zopusa basi. Bwanji kumachita zinthu ngati woyitanila mini bus? Nonse opusa ndinu opusa bwanji panalibe kulolelana? Ngati pali anthu amene awononga dziko lathuli ndi anthu a ndale.

  5. Dikisan says:

    Maliro is not a battle ground where people should fight. Anamfedwa, mwamphuzirapo chiyani pa zomwe zachitika? Nanga a mpingo ngati munalipo mwaphuziranji pa izi? Kwa a mMalawi Anzanga, tiyeni tikhale chete pakanthawi kuganizira. Akadakha mbale wathu womwalirayo tikadatani, anthu akukokerana maikolofoni? Discuss with your friends and come up with a clear answer.

  6. ODALA says:

    STUPID DPP

  7. Okay says:

    Koma this Chakwera is feeling himself too much. He doesn’t know that he is pulling from the tail side of the fish. He will cry the loudest together with his followers. Stop cheap politics abusa. You are making blunder after blunder. Remember, ng’oma yolilitsa siichedwa kung’aluka. Koma oChakwera mulimba mpaka 2019? You will realise the damage you are causing to yourself by 2017 ife a DPP tikadzayamba kuponya mpira wandale, pakali pano ndichitukuko.

  8. Pontho says:

    Anthu ena umbuli. Let me educate you Kudontoni. DPP is not Government. Government and Political party are two different entities. KKKKK. You are very poor in the head. Shame on you

  9. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Useless parties! What this country needs is a dictator like late Brother leader Colonel Muamar Gadaffi.

  10. Kavuluvulu says:

    Stupid Kudontoni.

  11. Ngongoliwa says:

    Let bygone be bygone, maliro alibe chipani kapena boma. A komiti muzikhazikitsa ndondomekomyabwino pa maliro. Olankhula adziwitsidwe ndi a komiti/ananfewa nthawi yolankhula isanakwane. A zipani, nkhani ngati izi zatitopetsa. What do you gain by provoking other people?

  12. ANGITAU says:

    KuDONTONI HON.MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVT. IN DPP GOVT.Why displaying your ignorance among the Elite.SHUPITI ZAKO ELIKENI(WAT NAME)

  13. Phwado says:

    Is AssholeKudontoni a government official?

  14. Moya Jombajomba says:

    dpp yinatani pamenepo kumati maliro ndi aboma kuyishoshela dala maliro amakhala a anthu akumudzi boma limangothandizilapo nde nayo mcp osakhululuka iyayi chimvekere “tit for tat” inu yesu anati asiyeni ofedwa asungane okhaokha inu mukupita ndi kampeni nde awina ndani oluza nanga? masiku omaliza koma langizo ku aboma’dpp’ ngati kolo disipulini ndi yofunikila osati mwano wanuwo,kuzikonda zilombo zidzakulumani

  15. Abonzi says:

    I salute Kudontoni 4 acknowledging that it was a govt funcion not political party function. In so doing he should have acknowledged leader of opposition as one of top govt officials in the legislature arm of the govt.
    The problem is only that kudontoni thinks govt is ruling party, of which its not like that. DPP please civilise your kudontoni on the difference between govt and ruling party.

  16. iwe kudontoni ndwe galu kwmbri ndpo machabwa ako anaku2ma kt upange zmenezo ndan?ukutpangsa ife a dpp ngat an2 osaphunzla iya!! Pe…pe…pe…pepan a mcp mutkhululukle stizayamblans plz 4giv us…

  17. baba says:

    Dpp zawuchisilu muzilangizana zanzeru. Kulesa chakwela kulankhula kwawo. Pali nzeru pamenepa.Adpp ndinu zinsililu muziganiza

  18. Man of God says:

    What government portfolio does kudontoni hold besides that of dpp? I for one respect nankhumwa if it was about government, not this intoxicated kudontoni. Infact if we compare the two, Dr Chakwera is better positioned to represent government than this so called party secretary general. This was not a party function.

  19. hope milanzie says:

    MCP is stupid and its leadership.Their views are just destructive and nonses

  20. Nsena says:

    kkkkk waaaa DPP woyeeee ,MCP woyeee

  21. Captain Mediocrity says:

    Let me get this straight, both functionaries of their respective parties turned the funeral into a political arena and most of you are picking sides on who’s to blame. I wonder if the bereaved family are picking sides over this or are just disappointed, insulted and repulsed by the behaviour of both of these parties’ members.

  22. James Mvula says:

    Is Ekeleni Kudontoni now Minister responsible for Local Government. A Ekeleni ndi certificate ya JCE mpaka Minister. You even failed to get a Parliamentary seat in Salima kenaka nkumati chiyani. Whether you like it or not Ntchisi is MCP mwagwa nayo.

  23. Abale tazikhalani bwino ndi anzanu kodi ndimaesa ndi boma la zipani zambiri? Asiyeni a MCP nawonso atenge mbali mikangano ngati imeneyi ndiyomwe inandibweletsa ine nsanga kuno ku mpumulo wa bata ndipo anthu ngati Kudonto atangonva kuti ndamwalila anachoka ku DPP nkukalowa zipani zina ena anakhalabe a DPP chifukwa anakanidwa. Ndie mukufuna mudzimunamizanso PItala eti? Iai ndale zotelozosizabwino chifukwa mumuphetsa mphwanga mukachita nyansi zanuzo anthu amangoti nd APm .

  24. losco says:

    Koma chakwerayu ndiosokoneza bwanji! Anyway, no wonder he left the pulpit. Thus the confusions we must expect if u happen to cast yo vote for him cm 2019.

  25. Bwande says:

    Between Chakwera and Kudontoni whose is government? This Kudontoni guy is so naive. He is not government, not even an MP, just a party bootlicker

  26. wo says:

    We in ntchisi are M C P ndiye zomatisokoneza inu a lomwe ayi takana.

  27. Charombanthu says:

    Government has three arms – The Executive, Legislature (Parliament) and Judiciary. I do not see anywhere where Kudontoni fits in this; but Chakwera belongs to the legislature because he is an MP. So which government was Kudontoni representing there?

  28. Bikiloni Nachipanti says:

    A Kudontoni mwabwerako ku America nde mwayamba matukutuku… Mbuzi ya munthu

  29. Clement says:

    Today you’re insulting Kudontoni and DPP govt yet it’s the same DPP who fought hard to construct Ntchisi road after 31yrs of mcp without road. After all am not complaining because Ntchisi gave DPP good number of votes hope they will do it again come 2019. Bravo Kudontoni

  30. Bololo says:

    I think DPP should be sensitive this time around. They don’t have time to make mistakes or raise unnecessary negative attention. Doing that among the Chewas is insensitive considering the respect they attach to TA funerals and loyalty they have to MCP. You want to win chewa votes, the advice is don’t ever disrespect them in the name of government machinery. The same is the case for MCP in Lomwes (Mulanje or Thyolo).

  31. George phiri says:

    Cant wait 2019!!! This game go sweetooo

  32. Wako wako says:

    Shame to DPP ayaya mutsativutepo apa no vote for DPP 2019.

  33. Stampycious says:

    Kudontoni bwino nazo upita ukuwona

  34. Konyapapa Nyapani says:

    Kodi ichi Chikudontonichi chimaganiza

  35. Bingu says:

    So Kudontoni who even lost as an MP is more Govt. than Chakwera at his home ground Ntchisi?your overzealousness kudontoni uwonanayo polekela akadakukutumula anthu akumalomo dzulo.

  36. Attention Seeker says:

    Government in this case should have been Minister of Local government and not this nincompoop called Kudontoni. I hear that this guy was given the SG post because he organized a vigil at Lumbadzi police when APM was arrested and not because he has any leadership skills.

  37. zoonadi says:

    Chooonde muuzeni Ekileni Kudontoni asatitengere kumbuyo. Ife tikufuna chitukuko. Iye. Si. Boma. Nayenso Chakwera pamaliro sipochitira matama. Nonse awiri perekani chitsanzo chabwino

  38. Dokotala Mtabeni says:

    va DPPvi mvitsirudi ndithu,kulira amaletsana, mnzanu ngati anali ndi mawu ake olilira mfuma Chilooko inu munalibe mphamvu kumuletsa.Ntchisi is a backyard of MCP and there could be a big possibility that Mfumu Chilooko was MCP. Stop this nonsense and stop this at once

  39. Nyachikadzi says:

    What role does Chakwera have on funerals?

    1. Souja says:

      Kudontoni ndi wa local government’so kodi?

  40. Obanda Nojere says:

    It was totally disgrace from the Dpp camp after their arrival. They ignored the chewa culture especially gule wamkulu not to perform any more at the funeral.

    They ordered the grave making people angry when they angrily invaded the graveyard with chief Lukwa without the adzukulus aproval saying that they were fast. Even the burrial itself was not culturally accorded.

    Chomwe muyenera kudziwa a dpp ndichoti mwapala moto kudambwe. Mwanyozetsa maliro agogo wathu kumaso simunalemekeze chikhalidwe chathu. Osadzayerekeza dala kubwelaso pamaliro akuno. Ine ngati mdzukulu wamkulu ndidauza anthu kuti akugendeni

  41. Ineyo says:

    So Kudontoni is now Government? He is SG for a party not gvt

  42. Kangwingwi says:

    Munthu Akagwa Manja Mwa Yehova Zochita Zake Zimakhala Ngati Galu Wachiwewe Moti Tiona Ndi Kumva Ma Drama Ambiri Kuchokera Kwa Bambo Chakwera.

  43. Am a dpp suppoter koma kudontoni ayi salibwino iwe ndi oyambanitsa, nkhondo imayamba chotcho bale chenjera.

  44. wolila says:

    MCP Ya mwawachita bwino a Fisi amenewa DPP siikufunikanso ulemu ai. Ndipo akati boma akutanthauza chani poti MCP ikupanga nawo malamulo oyendetsela dziko? Ndikukumbukila mmodzi oyankhula pa malilo a Ethel Muthalika anali a Tembo koma unali mwambo waboma. Kapena amafuna anene kuti mwambo wa DPP? Zimezi mudzichita kummwela komweko. Pajanso pa malilo a Samute munawachittsa manyazi a R.Banda. ku lomwe belt komweko osati pano pakati ai.

  45. MSANA WA PETURO says:

    Congratulations MCP. Munazichita bwino zitsiru zimenezi. Pamaliro saletsa munthu kupepesa. Government is made up of the executive, judiciary and legislature of which Chakwera is member and not this ugly idiot Kudontoni. He is a party member. Amafuna kusandutsa maliro kuti akhale achipani. Koma anyani a DPP nyansi zenizeni bolaso tuvi. Mxiii.

  46. Malawiyano says:

    It would have been better that the government was in forefront making all the arrangements than Kudontoni , party leaders need to slow down.

    Mukuwaputa Achewa inu Angulu , you better slow down , you still have a long way to go , we are talking of four years . DPP stubbornness will take you nowhere , you just have it mind that Malawi is divided politically and there is now way MCP can go and behave in Mulanje the way it is behaved in Ntchisi. DPP is provoking M C P politically. Angulu akufuna kupala moto kudambwe , which is not allowed.

    Kudontoni please don’t cheat yourself that you are well known among the Chewas with your appointed post titel of SG.

  47. cadet 1 says:

    Kudontoni is overzealous, he knows that the place is a home of MCP he could give chance to the leader of mcp and him also to do that, the way DPP is ruling its really showing something happened during elections

  48. F chibwe says:

    Kudontoni ndi mbuzi basi.

  49. Dengele says:

    Arsenal pakwawo. DPP inali Man U dzulo Mpaka 3-0. Ife tidakayionelera konko Eeeee Chakwela anamuputa wawauza kuti Chitsillu chili ndi make…..

  50. mpimpa says:

    Kkkkk apapa zafika poti even kuchigayo tizikangana, or ku ukwati. DPP zimenezo muzipanga kwanu komko koma ku central kuno mukamukanize chakwera kulankhula? Never! Imeneyo ndi ndewu.

  51. The real ujeni says:

    Kudontoni is a nobody, not even an MP

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