The ruling Peoples’ Party of President Joyce Banda has dissolved its district committee for the volatile Karonga Central a few days after it was expected to elect a new chairperson.
Supporters of the incumbent MP Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda were elated with the development while those of aspirant Frank Mwenifumbo blamed the party for succumbing to violence.
“Violence has won over democracy. Does it mean that PP will dissolve all district committees where skirmishes are reported?” a PP member queried.
He queried why the party failed to dissolve the Mzimba South committee where PP supporters clobbered a top official to near death.
The party’s acting Secretary General Paul Maulidi did not give reasons in his communication to both factions but said further action would be communicated later.
But during a recent fire fighting exercise in the area Maulidi gave PP supporters the freedom to resign from the party or get the boot if they were reluctant to adhere to PP’s principles and policies.
He was referring to violence incidences between supporters of the two PP camps.
“What you are doing here is embarrassing the party. It would not be fair for party’s image to be tainted because of a few people. The door is open you can leave,” Maulidi.
This is the fourth time the Party has failed to hold elections to fill the controversial post of chairperson as supporters of both Mwalwanda and Mwenifumbo have often clashed in efforts to have their preferred candidate head the committee.
PP Provincial Chairperson for the north Frank Mwenifumbo declined to comment on the latest development saying he has vested interests an Aspirant in the constituency. – MEC Stringer.