Aford publicist gets death threats for suing Chihana

Alliance for Democracy (Aford) crisis has turned ugly with reports that its publicity secretary Dan Msoswoya received death threats from anonymous elements within the party who are allegedly aligned to a rival faction led by Enock Katola Chihana.

Msowoya has reportedly been receiving death threats from anonymous callers who warn him not to challenge Chihana’s legitimacy as Aford leader through the courts.

According to Msowoya, the callers allegedly called him using a private number and others whose number he obtained, warning him to “back off” or risk “disappearing”.

Msowoya: Gets death threats
Msowoya: Gets death threats

Msowoya confirmed that he got a call from one Boyeke Munthali, of the Chihana camp, on 0888631071, telling him that apart from dealing with him they were also in process of getting a counter court order to strip him of his Aford membership.

He also confirmed getting an anonymous call on 0881910872 telling him that they were going to beat him at his house.

“Let them come. But in the end justice will prevail. Why are they afraid of the courts or the justices system?” he queried.

Mzuzu Police Public Relations Officer Maurice Chapola said Msowoya is yet to file an official complaint saying should he do so they will swiftly act to protect him and bring the alleged perpetrators to book.

Through his Mzuzu based Lawyer Christon Ghambi of CHRAM Associates, Msowoya on Tuesday filed an application for contempt of court against Chihana for ignoring a Mzuzu High Court order restraining him or his charges from executing any duties, or any transactions in the name of or on behalf of Aford, or dealing in any manner with Aford’s activities.

This follows an order Msowoya and accomplices obtained shortly after the elections that took place at the party’s National Convention held at Marymount Secondary School in Mzuzu from 6-7th September which they branded as procedural, unfair devoid of tenets of democracy and the basic principles of the party.

The September 2013 order by Judge Dingiswayo Madise states: “An order of injunction is hereby granted restraining the Defendants by themselves, their servants, agents or otherwise and Members of National Executive Council elected on the 6th September, 2013 from executing any duties, or any transactions in the name of Aford or on behalf of Aford, or dealing in any manner with the activities of Aford.

The order was temporarily vacated when Judge Madise transferred the Court to another newly appointed Mzuzu based Judge Dr Redson Kapindu.

But Ghambi successfully applied for the reinstatement of the order.

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