Paramount Chief Lundu has come out in open and declared his support for the ruling People’s Party (PP) and President Joyce Banda.
Lundu declared his support during official handover of his house by President Banda at Mbewe Headquarters in Chikhwawa.
The chief could not hide his love for the PP as he failed to resist but proudly chanted PP’s Yanyamuka slogan several times to the delight of the crowd turned up to witness the event.
In his speech, Lundu defended chiefs’ involvement in politics, arguing their positions are political in nature.
“It’s surprising when people argue we (chiefs) are being used by politicians. Our positions are political; we are here to serve government of the day. We are politicians and that can’t be denied,” said Lundu.
He then hit out at opposition leaders labelling them as thugs aside campaigning for President Banda and her Peoples Party.
Lundu said: “I know them (opposition leaders). I have interacted and worked with them. They are all thugs. Don’t trust them. There are going around tarnishing President Joyce Band’s image but we all need to support this woman, and come May 20th we should all vote for her”.
Paramount Chief Lundu last week led 11 chiefs to defend President Banda’s continuous tendency of giving out maize at a time when the country’s grain-marketer, Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) is rationing maize due to short supply.
The chiefs converged at Motel Paradise in Blantyre for a news conference to declare their support towards President Banda.
The chiefs present at the press briefing included T/A Chimaliro of Thyolo, T/A Chikumbu of Mulanje, Senior Chief Kapeni and T/A Machinjiri both from Blantyre, T/A Mlumbe of Zomba and Senior Chief Malemia of Chikhwawa and others.