Malawi president Joyce Banda says the Traditional Authority (TA) Bvumbwe on the southern district of Thyolo who was allegedly in hiding for fear of his life is sort of a person who need some sort of help saying what he was doing does not befit the chief.
Speaking during the elevation ceremony of Senior Chief Mponda of the southern district of Mangochi, President Banda said it was not true that T/A Bvumbwe was in hiding but he was being used by some opposition political leaders to gain some political mileage.
“As I am taking now chief Bvumbwe is at his home. And those rumours you were hearing that he is in hiding were not true,” she said.
President Banda told the gathering that she has been informed about Bvumbwe’s whereabouts all this time he was reportedly missing.
“I have been getting reports that he was once in [eastern city of] Zomba, Mapanga area and then Sunny Side [a township in commercial capital Blantyre] and even those who were preparing him some food have been telling us that he was even taking some Kachasu (locally brewed opaque beer )while in those politically oriented hideouts,” she said.
“We should stop giving sachets to chief and let him get drunk so that he should don’t drunk starting speaking ill against the government. This is cheap politics if anything let’s meet on the ground.”
She however said she has no personal grudges against Bvumbwe and that’s why she did not respond to the utterances Bvumbwe made against his administration during the funeral ceremony of one of the high court of Malawi judges.
“I felt it was the responsibility of fellow chiefs to advise him on how best he should be conducting himself. We all know that TA Bvumbwe is someone who needs help. We know that in most occasions he has been carried home by his subjects and people of Bvumbwe know what I am talking about”, she said amid the applause from her supporters.
T/A Bvumbwe crossed path with governing PP when he openly condemned Banda’s PP for distributing party T-shirts at a funeral.