Mcheka Chilenje, Chizuzu in DPP fierce battle over Nsanje north: Nankhumwa diffuses tension

Tempers continue to flare between two camps in Nsanje north constituency over who becomes governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) parliamentary cadnidate  ahead of the May 21, 2019 tripartite elections.

Chilenje (R) welcomes Nankhumwa at Mkhathe in Chikwawa

Dausi (L) joins Nankhumwa at the political rally

Nankhumwa unites Chizuzu (L) and Mcheka Chilenje

DPP vice president (South) Nnakhumwa holds rally in Nsanje

Chala Mwamba: DPP suporters at Fatima rally by Nankhumwa

The camps, in the predominantly DPP constituency, belong to incumbent MP, Esther Mcheka Chilenje and famous businessman, Enoch Chizuzu.

This was clearly evident at a meeting held at Fatima Trading Centre during a whistle-stop tour in Chikwawa and Nsanje on Thursday, September 20, 2018, by DPP southern region vice president Kondwani Nankhumwa.

Members of both camps sang songs of praise for their respective ‘candidates’. Both Chilenje and Chizuzu attended the rally.

Mcheka Chilenje, who is also deputy speaker of Parliament, won the Nsanje east seat in 2014 on an independent ticket. She recently announced she had joined DPP, creating heated competition with Chizuzu, who claims to be the “genuine DPP candidate”.

Nankhumwa played down this was a “fight”, arguing it was just “democracy at play”.

He said: “ We are a democratic institution that believes power must be with the people to choose their own representatives in a transparent, free and fair process.”

Said  Nankhumwa in an interview: “As a party, we are aware that this euphoria ahead of primaries, which will be held here next month, October, may degenerate into violence. It has happened before here because competition to represent DPP is usually high. That’s why I asked both aspirants to campaign responsibly and avoid insulting one another.”

Nankhumwa invited Chilenje and Chizuzu to the podium and held their hands high to promote unity between them.

He encouraged DPP members to love one another as children of one family and discouraged “backbiting and petty jealousy” but to remain united to ensure that the party registers a resounding victory in 2019.

Nankhumwa said he had brought “a message of hope from President Professor Peter Mutharika amid serious shortage of food”.

He said  government acknowledges that people in the Lower Shire Valley are in urgent need  of relief food following combined effects of the fall armyworms outbreak and  dry spells.

“The President is well aware that the people are in urgent need of relief food and that government would soon start distributing relief food, including cooking oil, sugar and salt.  President Mutharika will not allow that anyone dies of hunger,” said Nankhumwa.

He said government is devising other short and long-term solutions to the food shortage problem, which include promoting irrigation and winter farming.

The  DPP guru observed that the food crisis was as a result of natural disasters such as flush floods, drought as well as fall army worms, which caused crop failure in the 2017/2018 farming season.

Nankhumwa also said that another huge problem is lack of safe drinking water in most rural communities in the Shire Valley, resulting in people fetching drinking water from unsafe sources.

“We’re aware that women walk long distances to fetch clean drinking water. They are unable to carry out other economic activities that would bring money into the household. While the DPP government has sunk many boreholes in the Lower Shire, President Mutharika has directed that more boreholes be constructed in Nsanje and Chikwawa,” said Nankhumwa.

He encouraged people to give President Mutharika full support and vote for him as President of this country in 2019.

“You must also support the ruling party, DPP, and, therefore, vote for DPP MPs and councillors during next year’s tripartite elections. Please, register en masse as voters in order to exercise your birthright to vote in 2019 to choose right leaders and government,” he said.

Other speakers at the meeting included Mcheka Chilenje, DPP spokesmn Nicholas Dausi, T/A Mlolo of Nanje and DPP southern region governor, Charles Mchacha, among other members of the party’s national governing council.

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Chameleonesentimentals
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Chameleonesentimentals

Pathfinder, follow the issues correctly. Akuti Kaliati ndi andzake anakana bill ali ku DPP ACB koma panopa akuyifuna ali ku UTM Buses. Ulibe nzeru wamva. Usamangoyankhira wamva

che nnungu
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Chala mmwamba but the faces look gloomy

mandala
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mandala

The faces i see in these pictures looks very poor and malnourished i feel pity with my countrymen sititha kuganiza bwino

ndele
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ndele

ee anafiiila conci mai Mcheka????????????????? koma nde kaloti tu. zimandisekesa ndikakumana ndi azathu ena posawazindikila cifukwa coti anacotsa khungu lacibadwidwe nkulisandutsa la cizungu. sole bola abambo kapena amai ao akanakwatila ndi m china olo azungu. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

zikomo
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zikomo

God will punish this lady in the name of Mcheka chilenje because she has been the one behind the passing of DPP notorious bill in parliament…..do not cry mcheka time has come for you to be rewarded.uzimuona Kaliati pano akuti akazalowa mu boma ndi Chilima azapanga Bungwe la ACB kuyima palokha koma pa nthawi imene a MCP olikonda ziko la Malawi atalowesa motion imeneyi iye kaliati ndi azake achina Masangwi anavota nawo kuti ‘NO’.

pathfinder
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pathfinder

So zikomo with your stupidity you think that’s a good reason enough for God to punish her? Who are you to decide what God must punish people for? Baasi ukungoona ngati Mulungu ndi choseweretsa chako? Ndi akhristu ngati inu amene anandipangitsa kuti ndisiye kukhulupilira dzipembezo, mumamutenga mulungu kukhala choopsezera anthu. Iwe ngati sunakondwe ndi zosatira za bill sizikutanthauza kuti wenanso sanakondwe wamva. Tsono pokhala Mulungu ndi mlengi okonda ana ake onse sizingatheke kuti atenge kusakondwa kwako kuti alangire nawo wena chikhalirenicho panali wena omwe anakondwa ndi dzosatira za bill.

Namalomba Fredrick
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Namalomba Fredrick

Inu understanding yazinthu imakuvutani. issue here is that those supporting SKC were part of MPs defeating the independence of ACB motion and now that they are out of DPP they should not stand tall to talk of fighting corruption as ACB which is a corruption watch dog is not independent. So kutukwanaku kukusonyeza umbuli wanu BABA

pathfinder
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pathfinder

Chakuti chamako Namalomba werenga bwino lomwe point ya Zikomo, osangotengapo nkhani imodzi iyayi. Kodi ukufuna kundiuza kuti point yomwe ndatsutsana nayo mu comment ya Zikomo ndangoyipeka? Kodi akati God will punish this lady in the name of Mcheka Chilenje akutanthauza chiyani? aaah iwenso pachiphwisi pako ndithu.

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