PP governor Msosa attacked in Mangochi over dancing Muslim women issue

The ruling People’s Party (PP) provincial chair for the Eastern Region Samson Msosa has sustained a deep cut in the head after angry mob hacked him with an iron steel following a physical confrontation between the politican and one of the suspected attackers over the issue of taking Muslim women in Hijab to sing or dance at political rallies.

Impeccable sources told Nyasa Times that the incident happened around 7 pm on Monday when Msosa rushed to the offices of the Islamic Information Bureau in the district to rescue one of PP members Sheikh Ahmad Mwanyali who was manhandled by some Muslim clerks for leading a group of Moslem women who dances during the PP campaign rallies.

Confirming the assault, coordinator for the Islamic Information Bureau in Mangochi Sheikh Jafali Katita  where Mwanyali was summoned told Nyasa Times that Msosa was assaulted outside the Islamic bureau offices.

Msosa: Attacked in Mangochi
Msosa: Attacked in Mangochi

“Msosa who came drunk, asked one of the young men outside the bureau to show him where the bureau’s offices are but it seems the response he got from the young man did not please Msosa who slapped the young man. But onlookers descended on Msosa some of them hacked him with a iron steel in the head,” said sheikh Katita.

Katita said Msosa was immediately taken to the hospitals by police officers who rushed to the scene.

Mangochi Police spokesperson Rodrick Maida was coy to comment and  referred Nyasa Times to  national police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo who is based in the Capital saying she is the one could comment on the issue.

But Manjolo said she  did not have much information on the issue and referred Nyasa Times back to Maida.

The Nyasa Times understands said Msosa was taken to the hospital by the officer in charge Elija Kachikuwo .

Sheikh Katita said despite the assault of Msosa the meeting that aimed to solve the issues of involving Muslims women in political campaign meeting went as normal.

The Muslim leadership in Malawi has been differing on opinion over the growing tendency by politicians in engaging their faithful to entertain people through singing and dancing at political rallies.

Malawi goes to the polls on May 20 this year and candidates  are already in the field selling their manifestos to woo voters, and some of them are parading Muslim women among other singing and dancing groups, which has not gone down well with the Muslim leadership.

Leaders of different Islamic groups have expressed some reservations over the development and have since criticized politicians for making Muslim women to dance at their political rallies.

Sheikh Muhamed Uthman of the Mufti of Malawi observed that the practice of taking Muslim women to political rallies in their Hijab (Muslim women attire) is undermining the integrity of the Islamic faith.

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