Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member of Parliament for Lilongwe South -East Willard Gwengwe got a rude awakening and shock of his life when mourners refused a coffin he bought for the late senior group village headman Mwachilolo who was buried on Monday.
Gwengwe was sent back with coffins at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) mortuary after mourners were angry that he never provided any support to late Mwachilolo during his chronic illness.
According to eyewitnesses at KCH, Gwengwe who is facing strong challenge from Peoples Party (PP) shadow candidate Baba Steve Malondela, bought two coffins on Saturday and the mourners told him the coffin has already been bought.
“It was like drama to see the MP going back with coffins, I almost laughed but I felt sorry for him,” said the witness.
In an interview with Nyasa Times, Gwengwe confirmed offering coffins but denied that he was sent back saying people are “spreading false stories” with the aim of tarnishing his image ahead of the 2014 elections.
“I bought coffins because there were three funerals in my constituency so I discussed with the chiefs and agreed that I should provide a lorry and two coffins for the funerals in Mambala village and Chauwa village but I came with the coffins at KCH to help ferry mourners to Mwachilolo because I was told PP had already bought one coffin,” he said.
Gwengwe claimed that he has already bought 17 coffins in his area this month while PP aspiring parliamentarian has only bought two.
In a separate interview group village Funachina claimed Gwengwe was sent back on two occasions with coffins by angry mourners.