The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislature, Bon Kalindo, who led a group of protesters who marched “half-naked” through the streets of the capital, Lilongwe against continued abductions and killings of people with albinism says he does not regret his actions despite being chased by party cadres at the rally addressed by President Peter Mutharika in Mulanje on Saturday.
Despite being chased, DPP top officials took turn at Mutharika’s rally at Limbuli in Mulanje district to castigate Kalindo calling him all sorts of denigrating names.
Setting the ball rolling was DPP regional governor (South), Charles Mchacha, said Kalindo “naked” demonstration was not sanctioned by the party of the people from Lhomwe belt.
Mchacha, who is also an MP for Thyolo West, said “Let me say on behalf of the people of Mulanje that we did not send Kalindo and his naked people in the streets.”
The DPP Secretary General, Ecklen Kudomtoni, also denigrated Kalindo, saying that he was behaving a man with dementia, saying he is not part and parcel of the party for going ahead with the ‘naked’ demonstration.
“That demonstration was for his own dwindled mind but as the party we are satisfied with what our President is doing to end the attacks on persons with albinism,” added Kudontoni.
The DPP secretary general said Kalindo was not part of the DPP because he was doing something contrary to the party’s position.
The cadets chased Kalindo in presence of other senior party officials.
But Kalindo who wore small red shorts, a red vest, a red scarf and red cap during the match has said there is no regret for his actions, dismissing “overzealous” DPP official for suppressing his expression and plotting to kill him.
The legislator, who was a popular stage and TV comedian, said DPP is reacting badly because he accused some unnamed politicians of being part of the albino hunters’ syndicate, hence their failure to act decisively.
“I don’t know what my crime is,” said Kalindo who claimed to be in hiding.
The MP, who is also DPP deputy spokesman, claimed there is a plot to kill him by regime thugs.
“This issue [albino killings] the way I am looking at it is a national issue not political issue and I wonder why they [DPP] want to kill me for exercising my rights,” he said.
DPP has a history of abductions and killings.
Kalindo said “facts do not lie” and knows he has provoked some for his demand for those convicted for albino murders should face the death penalty.
Government spokesperson Patricia Kaliati recently ruled out the implementation of the death penalty against killers of people with albinism.
She said it was possible to mete out stiff punishment while respecting human rights.
“Life imprisonment is also a strong deterrent punishment,” she said.
President Mutharika has also rebuffed calls for the implementation of death penalty.
While laws in Malawi provided for death penalties, the country’s leaders have, since 1994, refused to sign death warrants.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :