Malawi ruling People’s Party deputy secretary general and also northern region governor, Frank Mwenefumbo says he strongly condemns the political violence in Karonga when a when a supporter of his rival Cornelius Mwalwanda of the same party, who are battling for Karonga Central constituency, had his house burned.
Mwenefumbo told Nyasa Times that as the party’s regional boss and aspirant for the constituency, he condemns violence regardless of the perpetrator.
“The violence should be condemned because PP is a party of peace and promotes fair competition,” he said.
Mwenefumbo denied any links to the violence, saying he was in mourning after losing a relationship.
He says no form of violence should be entertained in a democratic nation like Malawi where divergent views need to be respected.
Mwenefumbo said PP promotes that candidates participating in the party’s primary election should solicit for support by using ideas and not violence.
He has since urged police to thoroughly investigate perpetrators of violence in Karonga.
Chiefs in Karonga central constituency have been complaining about bloody rivalry between supporters of Mwenefumbo and Mwalwanda fearing that it would cost lives of people during campaign period if not nipped in the bud.