The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials and supporters on Thursday hijacked and turned into a political rally the function of the elevation of Traditional Authority Mwilang’ombe in Karonga the northern border district of Malawi.
The function was in the constituency of the Speaker of parliament Richard Msowoya who is also the vice President of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
The DPP officials took over the proceedings from the organisers of the event, but Msowoya remained apolitical in his conduct and speeches.
Msowoya asked the minister of local government and rural development Kondwani Nankhumwa to explain if the Mwilang’ombe senior chief title will not be terminated even if the current chief dies.
“What worries people here is to know whether the title of senior chief we are cerebrating today is permanent or temporarily to Mwilang’ombe chieftaincy especially if the current chief dies because sometimes such kind of promotion are being politicized,” asked Msowoya.
“However, I am happy to see my chief elevated to a position of senior chief as the MP for the area,” he added.
DPP officials forced the master of ceremony to include its regional governor for the north Kenneth Sanga on the list of people to speak.
Sanga also invited Msowoya’s political competitor in the constituency Khwauli Msiska who is the DPP shadow MP as well as NEC member , saying “mlekani nayo ayowoyepo mumalo mwane.”
With the party supporters chanting against MCP, Khwauli said “the development projects you are seeing here under the Speaker it’s because of the ruling DPP government and partly my initiative.”
“Even for chief to be elevated it is because of DPP, so on 2019 mungazanga ndiluwa cha,” he added.
Paramount Chief Kyungu took the event as an opportunity to bootlick President Peter Mutharika. He also hysterically gushed out praises for the DPP.
Kyungu attacked government critics saying “problems we are facing are not the problem of one person (Mutharika).”
He also said he would have sued the country’s first President Kamuzu Banda if he was alive for making him to be in exile for 30 years.
However, Speaker Msowoya advised the chiefs in the country to desist from politics but concentrate on development.
He declared to stand again as the member of parliament for the area on MCP banner saying ” wanyakhi wakuwona ngati ndizamukwima cha because I am a speaker of Parliament. “Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :