The furore refuses to die over how the ruling Peoples Party conducted its primary elections in the north, with PP top guru Frank Mwenifumbo launching a formal complaint to the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia on the alleged politicking of its clerics in the Karonga Central Constituency primaries.
Mwenifumbo lost to incumbent MP and deputy minister of Finance Dr Cornelius Mwalwanda.
Mwalwanda amassed 6352 votes against Mwenifumbo’s 6187. Mwenifumbo publicly conceded defeat and pledged to support Mwalwanda but it seems there is a change of heart.
Mwenifumbo, who is also PP Provisional Chair for the north is citing a litany of flaws which ranges from intimidation of his supporters and disregard of the party’s code of conduct on elections by his rival.
He alleges that Mwalwanda used serving church ministers as both Presiding Officers instead of retired clergy or Civil Servants.
“This was a breach of both synod rules and the party’s code of conduct on elections,” he said.
Mwenefumbo alleges that Reverend Nkhonjera of Mwenilondo Parish, Reverend Chikhoza of Lupembe parish and Reverend Longwe of Mlare Parish, used their influence as Parish ministers to campaign for Mwalwanda at every gathering they engaged in including Sunday services.
CCAP Synod of Livingstonia said the Synod does not prohibit its Ministers from politicking provided they retire, resign or opt for secondment to other institutions.
“If they do not choose one of the three options…then they will face dismissal,” General Secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo said.– MEC Stringer