The ruling People’s Party of President Joyce Banda has asked its deputy spokesperson Ken Msonda to apologise to the nation for insinuating that PP will engage in a tit-for-tat action following the razing of two houses for its supporters by alleged opposition DPP supporters.
The party has deliberately shied away from saying that Msonda should apologise to the DPP arguing that it is not yet proven that the alleged perpetrators are DPP followers.
PP’s a cting Secretary General Paul Maulidi said this in an interview with Nyasa Times after the official opening of the party’s northern region provisional offices at Mapale Residential Suburbs in Mzuzu on Monday.
On Saturday houses in Mulanje belonging to PP’s District Committee members, Pilani Chimpembeli and Alice Julio of Sapiwa Village, Traditional Authority Chikumbu in the district were torched.
DPP through its spokesperson Nicholas Dausi distanced its self from the incident.
Msonda warned the DPP leadership that the ruling party will retaliate because it has the “ability, machinery, capacity and resources to hit back and make DPP leadership and supporters live miserable lives.”
However, Maulidi has since exonarated the ruling party from war cry utterances.
“Mr Msonda owns those remarks because he did not consult anyone more specially my office which speaks on party policy. So he has to make an immediate apology to the nation,” Maulidi said.
Maulidi said PP does not condone violence even by its followers saying it believes in peaceful co-existence and the rule of law.
But Msonda told Nyasa Times that he has nothing to apologise because he stood by what he said, saying DPP is a party associated with brutality, barbaric acts, violence, killings and murder.
“My job description entails that I have to speak on issues on behalf of the party and I do not need to consult anybody. In any case I can only notify them.
“Those who say I should apologise do not know the pain and agony one goes through when attacked and property is lost. As a party we cannot standby and tolerate nonsense. Meekness is not weakness but rather strength under control,” Msonda said.
Nevertheless, Maulidi appealed to PP followers to desist from destroying the party through acts of violence.
“Those who want violence should leave and practice it elsewhere.
“Where there is violence it will not matter what post you hold in the party, the law will take its course and the party will also discipline you. In Blantyre, the party’s Director of Women lost her post because of engaging in violence,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :