Police in Mzimba have arrested seven members of the ruling Peoples Party including a 14-year-old boy for beating chiefs and fellow PP members during a rally held at Ehlecheni in Mzimba district last Sunday.
Ironically, a PP NEC Member Makwenda Chunga, who intends to stand on PP ticket in the Mzimba South constituency, had called for the rally.
Both Police and Chunga confirmed the incident saying some PP members had hired 14 youth and paid them MK1000 each to disturb the rally and beat people.
“The youths were intoxicated and had panga knives. We managed to catch two on the spot and took them to Mzimba Police Station. The others were arrested later,” Chunga said.
Mzimba Police Publicist Gift Nyirongo said they have since charged the PP members with conduct likely to cause breach of peace contrary 181 of the Penal Code.
The offence attracts a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment with hard labour.
“Investigations are still underway and we expect more arrests,” Nyirongo said.
The suspects are Boyce Chunga, 35, Mungoniwawo village, Emmanuel Nyirenda 18, Harrison Ndoro 22, Andrew Manda 27, Mathews Zimba 14, Chawezi Chunga, 23 Mungoniwawo village and Luckson Nkhoma, 42, Singa Village, all from Traditional Authority Mzukuzuku, Mzimba District.
Meanwhile, a PP NEC member Levant Mfune has resigned from the party citing lack of lack of direction and chaotic operations.
Mfune told Nyasa Times that the NEC members are never consulted when the party makes important decisions.
“On top of that we have never met at NEC since our election about a year ago. Sometimes we do not know how certain decisions are made because the Party does not have a constitution to guide it,” he said.
However, PP Publicist Hophmally Makande said the party’s NEC has met several times saying those who does not attend its meetings are not bona fide members.
“Apart from the NEC we have a Politburo, which comprises few people and usually meets whenever urgent issues arises,” Makande said but did not outline the composition of the politburo.–MEC StringerFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :