Can it be that I have become your enemy for telling you the truth? Wonders Mulanje South Member of Parliament Bon Kalindo — citing the Holy Bible in Galatians 4:16 — as he accused some unnamed politicians of being part of the albino hunters’ syndicate, hence the government failure to act decisively.
Kalindo, who is also a comedian, has since challenged ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) gurus—regional governor for the South Charles Mchacha and secretary general Ecklem Kudontoni—who denounced Kalindo in the presence of President Peter Mutharika, saying he is not part and parcel of the party for going ahead with the ‘naked’ demonstration.
“ Mchacha and Kudontoni took turns in castigating me that I don’t belong to the party simply because of demonstration against albino killings,” said Kalindo.
He said declaring in the presence of Mutharika that Kalindo is not part of DPP is “shocking” and “undemocratic.”
“I am a DPP member. I was born a DPP and no one has a mandate to dismiss me as member,” Kalindo said on Daybreak Malawi program of Capital Radio on Monday.
“If they are democrats, why did they not summon me for a hearing. That is undemocratic,” Kalindo said Kalindo who claimed to be in hiding after being warned by DPP cadres that he is marked for attack.
“I am still living in fear,” Kalindo told the radio.
“There are some [telephone] calls that are coming but am not picking them,” he said.
Kalindo said he has been living dangerously since he was chased from a DPP political rally President Peter Mutharika addressed at Limbuli in Mulanje on Saturday.
“These people are still hunting for me. The law enforcers are in the know of what is happening to me because they are the ones who came to let me know what my party are planning to do,” Kalindo told Daybreak Malawi program.
He said DPP cadres should not live in the comfort of killing critics, saying “One day they will also die.”
DPP has a history of abductions and killings.
Kalindo, who is also DPP deputy spokesman, insisted he remains in his position and party membership intact.
He refused to disclose his location.
“I cannot disclose my whereabouts. I was born a fighter and I cannot be afraid,” he said.
Kalindo said “facts do not lie” and knows he has provoked some for his demand for those convicted for albino murders should face the death penalty.
Government spokesperson Patricia Kaliati recently ruled out the implementation of the death penalty against killers of people with albinism.
She said it was possible to mete out stiff punishment while respecting human rights.
“Life imprisonment is also a strong deterrent punishment,” she said.
President Mutharika has also rebuffed calls for the implementation of death penalty.
While laws in Malawi provided for death penalties, the country’s leaders have, since 1994, refused to sign death warrants.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :