Malawi ruling PP says Uladi’s hate-speeches won’t dent its image

Malawi’s ruling People’s Party (PP) has thrown its weight behind Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister Uladi Mussa for his foul-mouthing at presidential rallies.

Mussa has launched a scathing attack on opposition leaders including Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president, Peter Mutharika and United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi.

His verbose has attracted condemnation from the opposition and critics.

But PP says they back Mussa for his slurs.

“Some politicians fear their own shadows and skeletons in their own cupboards and would want to score cheap political mileage from slippages and utterances,” PP deputy spokesman Ken Msonda is quoted in the Daily Times of Monday as saying.

Msonda: Defends  Uladi
Msonda: Defends Uladi

“The party is not frightened and does not feel that such personal slippage and utterances can dent the party’s image as we approach 2014,” Msonda added.

Among other attacks, Mussa has labeled DPP’s Mutharika as a “bachelor” and also a “Mtchona”- a person who lived most of his life in diaspora.

Mutharika hit back at Mussa’s jibe, saying marriage does not form a benchmark for one to become President.

On the hand Atupele Muluzi is demanding for a retraction and an apology from Mussa or face legal action for calling him a “toddler”.

In a letter dated April 24, 2013, Muluzi, through his lawyer Jai Banda, said the remarks inserted a picture that he was a liar and not truthful about his date of birth.

Mussa has been telling Malawians at political rallies that Muluzi is underage and that wouldn’t qualify for 2014 presidential race.

UDF says Atupele will turn 35 this August, the age one can run for Malawi presidency.

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