Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate for Nsanje Lalanje Constituency parliamentary by-elections slated for October 17, Lawrence Sitolo, is living dangerously as governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) gurus are baying for his blood, Nyasa Times understands.
This is according to a letter MCP president and leader of opposition Lazarous Chakwera has written the foreign missions including US embassy, Germany, European Union, British High Commission and the United Nations.
MCP deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka confirmed the authenticity of the letter and that it has come from Chakwera.
The communication says DPP top brass are persuading Sitolo to receive K100 million and withdraw his MCP membership then contest as an independent candidate or even withdraw from the race altogether to get a diplomatic posting with cash makeweight of K50 million.
He has also been offered to receive an MP’s salary and relate benefits from government if he does not contest.
Chakwera alleges in the letter that Sitolo is receiving phone calls from DPP operatives including Leston Mulli and Noel Masangwi “people who have allegedly been mentioned in some heinous acts like the death of Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa.”
The leader of opposition also informs the international community that Sitolo has also received calls from DPP regional governor for the south, Charles Mchacha and strongman Kondwani Nankhumwa (Minister and Leader of government business in parliament].
“Hon. Sitolo has recordings of the phone conversations with these people,” said Chakwera in the letter.
He asks the diplomatic community to condemn the actions of DPP “in the strongest terms”.
Chakwera said MCP is “seriously concerned” about the threat poses to their candidate Sitolo and seeks immediate intervention of the international community in the matter, saying his party believes it is “a recipe for anarchy and civil war in Malawi.”
When contacted for comment, the mentioned DPP officials denied the allegations.
“I have never been in touch with Sitolo. Not me,” said Nankhumwa.
Mulli also rejected the allegations, saying he is not party campaigning official.
“I am not on the ground campaigning. I am not aware of that brother. Maybe politicians know each other but not me. But why always mentioning Mulli on anything. It is not true,” he said.
Masangwi simply said “I don’t know that issue.”
Mchacha on the other hand denied the allegations and challenged Sitolo to substantiate his claims.
“I have no idea on what you are talking about,” he said.
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