Paramount Chief Kyungu of the northern district of Karonga summoned ruling People’s Party parliamentarian for infamous ‘Benghazi’ Karonga Central Constituency Cornelius Mwalwanda and his rival for a closed door meeting on Wednesday to admonish them against violence.
The meeting comes = before the arch rivals face each other in a controversial re-run scheduled for this Saturday.
PP has ordered a re-run of primary elections for the Member of Parliament in the Constituency following allegations that the victor Mwalwanda flouted party regulations regarding the conduct of primary elections.
Sources told Nyasa Times that Kyungu had earlier objected to the primary elections taking place again in the constituency fearing a wave of violent acts that usually follows such a heated exercise.
But in any interview Kyungu expressed ignorance saying Chiefs at whatever level were nonpartisan.
“I did not convene a special meeting for chiefs in the district and no such meeting can take place without my blessings,” he said.
In elections held on December 22, 2013 Dr Mwalwanda won by amassing 6352 votes against Mwenifumbo’s 6187.
Earlier that day, PP’s Returning Officers led by National organising Secretary Salim Bagus and deputy secretary general Irene Chikuni had declared Mwenifumbo the victor with 6584 against Mwalwanda’s 5936 but it was proved to be fraudulent results.
Apparently, President Joyce Banda is favouring Mwenefumbo to be the candidate hence the re-run to ensure he is selected.