Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional committee for the south on Thursday tried to abort First Lady Callista Mutharika’s visit to Blantyre City South Constituency because the Member of Parliament for the area Moses Kunkuyu is one of the four MPs who spoke against the party last year.
The team of the regional committee members led by “terror-in-chief” director of youth Lewis Ngalande included regional treasurer Ngozo Harawa and Isaac Nyakamera, former regional governor who is now in the National Governing Council.
The First Lady is expected to lay a foundation stone for the construction of a clinic in the area.
When news reached the regional committee, the regional governor Noel Masangwi sent top officials of the region to the site on Thursday where government officials, chiefs, villagers and the MP, were viewing the site for the function in readiness for the First Lady’s visit.
Eye witnesses said tension mounted high when the regional committee members arrived at the site as they demanded the people to stop construction a podium.
“There was going to be a big fight between the Ngalande and his friends and the villagers who had gathered at the site. Ngalande made every effort to stop preparations for Saturday’s function but the villagers swore to roast the delegation.
“The delegation was led by Ngalande who quizzed the MP about the source of the funds for the clinic. Ngalande and his friends also said the function should not take place because there was some maize crop at the place of the stone.
“It took the village headman to tell the misguided DPP officials that only a few crops would be destroyed. On top of that, the headman told them that the owners of the crop were told in advance that the site was for a clinic project,” one eye witness said.
The witness further said that the officials demanded that the function fail because DPP as ruling party did not want to be embarrassed should the project collapse on the way.
The witness said the MP told the officials that they should not get worried about the source of the funds.
Seeing that their mission was failing, Ngalande called the regional governor Masangwi to go to the place himself and disperse the people but that effort was in vain.
Another eye witness said Masangwi and his team were against the First Lady going to Kunkuyu because the MP is one of those against the leadership of the party.
Meanwhile, Callista and her husband traveled by road on Friday from Lilongwe to Blantyre. The president is expected to attend martyrs day celebrations in Chiradzulu district on Sunday.
Kunkuyu could not be reached for comment.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :