Leader of Citizens for Transformation (CFT) and Cabinet minister responsible for civic education and national unity, Timothy Mtambo, on Saturday branded Karonga Central Constituency UTM party candidate as a serial perpetrator of political violence in the constituency.
Mtambo, accompanied by Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda during campaign rallies they held at Lupembe and Lughali in the constituency, said Mwenifumbo is the one behind political violence in the constituency because he is “too hungry for power.”
Minister Mtambo made the remarks as he campaigned for Malawi Congress Party (MCP) parliamentary candidate for the area, Leonard Mwalwanda who is believed to be Mwenifumbo’s main rival.
The self-styled Commander-In-Chief claimed that even President Lazarus Chakwera “does not want him [Mwenifumbo] to win the by-election because of his ill-behaviour.”
Said Mtambo: “Both, the MCP candidate, Leonard Mwalwanda and Mwenifumbo are my brothers. But out of the two, I chose to support Mwalwanda because he likes peace. Our President [Chakwera] is an ordained Reverend and he cannot surely work with a violent man.”
He further told the gathering that the MCP candidate [Mwalwanda] is the only person who can develop the area and thus urged the constituents to give him more votes.
On his part, Chimwendo said Mwenifumbo has already failed the constituents especially by not bringing development projects the time he was MP for the area.
But Bahat Kishombe a member of Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) spoiled the fun when he took a swipe at the MCP leadership for imposing Mwalwanda on the constituents.
Kishombe, who once stood as parliamentarian for the constituency on Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket, said inheritance does not exist in modern politics but people should be given a right to choose a candidate of their choice.
“If a parent was a great leader it does not mean that his son or daughter will be the same. I don’t think my children or relatives can wear the same size of my pair of trousers,” said Kishombe, in apparent reference to Mwalwanda who is poised to inherit his Uncle’s seat should he be elected on November 10.
AFORD campaign director Bowoyeke Mnthali talked down Kishombe minutes later and assured MCP that with his party’s support, Mwalwanda would win the seat.
“He will win because of three things: one, because he is related to the late; two, because he is from the ruling party and three, because he has never insulted or been part of any political violence,” said Munthali.
When probed for comment, Mwenifumbo said MCP should ask itself why the area is calm despite their insults and provocations.
“I am the one preaching peace in this area. I have openly asked my supporters not to take revenge despite that they are being attacked. It is, therefore, very laughable to me when I hear them saying this,” said Mwenifumbo.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :