Members of the ruling People’s Party (PP) have expressed concern over growing awful tendency by their newly appointed Director of Youth for Southern Region, Lemani Chapitapansi, which they say would likely tarnish the party’s image.
The party members are accusing Chapitapansi, a former Deputy Director of Youths for the now opposition Democratic Progress Party, of going around and soliciting money from government officials in the name of People’s Party.
He is alleged to have been visiting influential people especially ministers, parliamentary aspirants and business people without the knowledge of party officials.
Lemani is reported to have been bought a Nisan Saloon by a Blantyre based businessman known as Mijiga so that he could help connect him with top government officials who would help in awarding contracts for his businesses.
A close source to Chapitapansi told Nyasa Times that Mijiga has also bought Chapitapansi a laptop, expensive mobile phone, a plasma screen from Game Stores in Blantyre and gave him some cash as a part of the agreement.
‘’What Chapitapansi is doing now is just to continue from where he stopped when he was DPP deputy director of youth. But this is totally corruption and would likely tarnish the image of the party”, said the source.
He further said that Chapitapansi has a tendency of challenging his fellow party members and never respects the National Governing Council citing his close connection with President Joyce Banda.
Chapitapansi’s mobile phone could not be reached when we tried to get his side of the story.
When Nyasa Times reporter visited PP offices and his home, were told he was not around.
A note left at his house for him to call the reporter and respond to the allegations was not responded.