Defiant ruling top Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials made disparaging remarks against former First Lady Callista Mutharika and Patricia Kaliati say they would continue foul-mouthing as long as critics fail to respect President Peter Mutharika.
Speaking in Chiradzulu after Mutharika’s second whistle stop tour in just a week in the Lhomwe Belt, party secretary general Grazider Jeffrey and regional governor Charles Mchacha said gender issues should not come in only when a man insults a woman.
“Gender issues work both ways; even when a woman insults a man,” said Jeffrey, lady parliamentarian herself.
Jeffrey alleged Callista killed former president Bingu wa Mutharika, a remark which prompted Callista to threaten legal action.
However, Jeffrey said she was unmoved with the threats of legal suit, she is ready to meet her in court.
“We will not allow that you continue insulting our leader, we will go for you,” she said.
During a public rally in Mulanje addressed by President Peter Mutharika, Mchacha told the rally that Mulanje Mulanje Pasani legislator Angie Kaliati married a follish woman.
In vernacular Mchacha said: “Ndaona pompano a Kaliati a amuna ali pompano taimani anthu akuoneni, nthawi zina munthu umatha kukwatira chitsiru chokumwa madzi ometera.”
The attack on the DPP director of women follows her endorsement of Vice-President Saulos Chilima aspresidential candidate in the 2019 elections.
Mchacha and Jeffrey remained unmoved on calls for the two to apologise for their remarks against former first lady and Kaliati respectively.
Former first lady Callista Mutharika—widow of DPP founding president and the incumbent President’s elder brother Bingu— became a target for attack in DPP when she sparked the succession debate weeks ago, when she said her in-law, who is 79, should pave the way for the comparatively younger Chilima, 45.
On the other hand, Kaliati led the Chilima Movement, as the key speaker, when they addressed the media at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe where they branded Mutharika as a ‘clueless’ leader and nominated Chilima as their presidential candidate at the convention.
Mutharika has on more than one occasion, declared he will lead DPP in the elections while Chilima is expected to comment at a news conference on Wednesday on calls for him to vie for the presidency.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :