A renowned Chancellor College political scientist, Boniface Dulani, has cautioned the RULING Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) not to ignore and rubbish Mulanje South Member of Parliament Bon Kalindo, who is also DPP deputy spokesman.
DPP DPP secretary general, Ecklem Kudontoni has rubbished Kalindo as an “attention seeker” and a political rubble rouser.
Kudontoni and DPP regional governor for south Charles Mchacha, dressed down Kalindo in presence of President Peter Mutharika at the DPP rally, saying he is not part and parcel of the party for going ahead with the ‘halfnaked’ demonstration in Lilongwe recently for the cause of people with albinism.
But in Nation on Sunday newspaper interview, Dulani said DPP should not wish Kalindo away because he is fighting for the same cause the party is fighting—which is protection of people with albinism.
Dulani argued that people may, indeed, have different ideas to a problem.
“Many people have supported Kalindo’s idea. DPP should have handled this matter better. In the manner the party has reacted, government may be blamed if another life is lost after handling Kalindo with heavy-handedness,” the paper quoted Dulani as saying.
The political scientist said the best the party could have done was to engage and convince Kalindo that the approach he took was wrong and give him a chance to express himself.
Kalindo, a comedian and an actor popularly known as Winiko in the arts industry, has since told the paper that he would carry on his activism to fight for the rights of people with albinism, arguing that he is not doing that as a DPP member.
“This has nothing to do with my party. I never petitioned my party or Executive, we petitioned the National Assembly where laws are made. And during the demonstration, I did not wear party colours, a true reflection that this was not a party issue,” he said.
Kalindo has vowed to speak his mind whenever something is going wrong even in the face of death threats from DPP cadres.
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