Political violence returns to Karonga’s ‘Benghazi’

Unidentified people assaulted four Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters on Saturday evening in Karonga Central Constituency during the announcement of the party’s political rally scheduled for Sunday.


MCP second deputy president Harry Mkandawire unveils Mwalwanda ( r) as candidate in Karonga central by-election

The incident took place at Mwenilondo Trading Centre in the area.

In an interview, MCP district chairperson Emmanuel Nkhoma said the four were injured.

“Immediately after the attack, we rushed to Karonga District Hospital for treatment,” he said.

One of the victims, Absalom Banda said he was in great pain following the attack.

Karonga  district director of health and social services David Sibale said the four  were treated as outpatients.

In a separate interview, Karonga Police State officer-in-charge Sam Nkhwazi said they are investigating the matter.

He said: “We recorded statements from the victims and we have instituted investigations.

“However, knowing how volatile Karonga Central Constituency is, we have embarked on sensitisation campaign to civic-educate people on the dangers of political violence.”

The incident has ignited fear of violence resurfacing in the constituency ahead of  the November 10 by-election.

However, MCP went ahead with the rally at Mwenilondo Primary School Ground on Sunday where it unveiled Leonard Mwalwanda as its candidate in the by-election.

Addressing supporters, the party’s second deputy president Harry Mkandawire condemned the incident.

“In a democracy, let everyone campaign freely everywhere because at the end of the day, it is the electorates who decide who to vote for depending  on facts on the ground,” he said.

Mkandawire also used the political rally to urge people to register in large numbers to vote in the by-election.

The seat fell vacant two months ago following the death of Cornelius Mwalwanda (MCP).

Nicknamed Benghazi after a time-honoured battlefield in Libya, the shoreline in Karonga has become a conflict zone since 2009 when Cornelius Mwalwanda Frank Mwenifumbo had their first-ever face-off in parliamentary poll.

Mwenifumbo is contesting in the by-election on UTM Party ticket.

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Gokwe
Gokwe
10 days ago

Ine sikuona kuti ndi dpp imeneyi ayi ameneyu ndi Mwenefumbo akupangitsa zimenezi. Anapangapo kale kukangana ndi a Cornelius Mwalwada mbuyomu.

Guideon
Guideon
10 days ago

DPP imeneyi ndi zintchito zawo akufuna kusokonenga Tonse Government agendas and UTM is not violence party if they are this thing could start that time when Chakwera was announcing the minsters and every one knows that most of the come from one side which is MCP but because UTM is not there for for political benefits that’s why they are still there with Tonse Alliance.

Manga Zuze
10 days ago

This is just a start, expect more of this coming soon. This Alliance was just meant to unseat Mutharika and not to work together to make up a new Malawi. Next to this, you will hear the big battle between Saulos and Lazarous

Victor Vanda
Victor Vanda
10 days ago

Frank Mwenifumbo is a peaceful person. The violence we see is from the supporters of what Chakufwa Chihana rightly labelled as the party of “darkness and death”. Chakwera condones the violence.

Chilima
Chilima
10 days ago

Muphane kumene DPP ili kumastand pheee

chimbirajembe
10 days ago

Nanga amenewanso ndi macadet aapanga zimenezi?

Moqtada Al Sadir
10 days ago

What do you expect from a party that is accommodating those prostitutes from other parties like Frank Mwenifumbo. He thinks he is the king of Karonga Central. Please UTM zinazi muwononga nazo mbili yanu. Kenako mumva atola Uladi Mussa and Salim Bagus. Muzisefa ufa musanaphike kuchotsa zinyatsi.

chimbirajembe
10 days ago

Both MCP and UTM did not do theor homework properly. MCP got another Mwaluanda to represent it. Is it chieftancy? Then UTM looped in Mwenefumbo, a man who has been a member of almost all major political parties in the country. What do you expect?

Moqtada Al Sadir
10 days ago
Reply to  chimbirajembe

Frank Mwenifumbo is worse than enawa. He is equal to Uladi Mussa. Opportunist like a parasite or scavenger.

Hugfd
10 days ago

UTM ndiye madeyawo
Zinyasizo, umati spite kuti???? 🤦🤦

Hardy
Hardy
10 days ago

ndemwati wapanga zimenezi ndi a DPP

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