Drama ensued at Malawi Parliament in the Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe Thursday afternoon as the premises turned into a theatrical circus after the minister of internal affairs was rendered defenceless in a maverick attack after he was ambushed by a female Member of Parliament for his careless and insensitive remarks in the august House.
Hell broke loose at tea-break when an irate Thyolo North female MP, Anita Kalinde physically ‘woman-handled’ and roughed up Minister of Home Affairs and National Defence Aaron Sangala allegedly for his insensitive allusions that Kalinde and her former deceased husband, late M’dukulira M’bwatalika, who was popularly known as ‘ Marshall, The Dukes’ used to trade in human body parts.
It all started during the afternoon session in the House when the Minister was presenting a report on the death of Polytechnic Student Robert Chasowa.
“It all started when Home Affairs Minister was presenting a report on Robert Chasowa when a group of MPs started to seek the minister’s crystal-clear clarification on the matter and questions were coming from all corners from the opposition MP’s,” said Nyasa Times correspondent who was present during the fracas.
“Sangala at this point in time kept referring to ‘old’ issues and thereby diverting from the issue at hand,” said our parliamentary correspondent.
She said as the minister kept diverting in his approach to answer questions from the opposition MPs, Thyolo North MP Anita Kalinda, formerly of the ruling DPP but now has joined vice president Joyce Banda’s Peoples Party (PP), did not react to the debate on the Ministers statement but only counselled Sangala to concentrate on the issue at hand rather than referring to occurrences that happened in the past regimes.
Opposition legislators heatedly accused the Mutharika regime of having a hand in the death of Chasowa.
But in his reply, Sangala parried away such accusations and said that former regimes orchestrated several inexplicable deaths than the current government.
Sangala then singled out Kalinde and her former husband, the late Marshall the Dukes as an example, saying the couple purportedly committed atrocious and heinous crimes, alleging that Kalinde’s late husband was a serial murderer involved in the removal of human private body parts some years ago while in the previous regime.
The accusation however did not go down well with Kalinde who downrightly demanded that the Home Affairs Minister withdraw his statement in entirety which the minister Sangala did not.
But after Speaker of Parliament, Henry Chimunthu Banda adjourned the proceedings for tea-break; the enraged Thyolo North MP, Kalinde dashed to the government benches descended on Sangala and manhandled or is it ‘woman-handled’ and roughed up the unsuspecting minister by grabbing his neck with a tight grip tearing his shirt in the process.
“It was so tense and if not for five MPs led by Lilongwe City West MP Edwin Bhangwanji who rushed to the rescue of the minister’s defence things could have been nasty. They rushed in to his help and whisked the minister to safety away from Kalinde who was fuming and gnashing her teeth at the same outpouring a harangue of foul words to Sangala,” said our correspondent.
Later, Kalinde while still fuming looked up and pointed a finger at Information Kaliati who was among the DPP law makers who came to Sangala’s rescue and said: “Watsala iwe” (You’re next)
Kalinde (nee Jumbe) was at one time wedded to a Lilongwe businessman magnet Marshal The Dukes but the couple separated long time before Marshal The Dukes joined politics. Marshal The Dukes died in 2003.
Speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda when asked what will be done on the matter he said the issue will be handled by the Business Committee of the House adding that necessary disciplinary measures action will be taken.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :