PP says Ben Phiri beaten over prostitute

People’s Party (PP) has said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika’s special aide Ben Phiri was beaten over a row of a prostitute on Monday and that the matter is not political.

Phiri was abducted by the assailants from Mount Sochi Hotel when they took him for beating and then dumped him at Kamba in Blantyre City, leaving him severely injured.

The DPP accused PP of being behind that savage attack.

DPP publicity secretary Nicholous Dausi who is the company of Phiri at the time of the incident said PP secretary general witnessed “PP thugs roughing up Ben Phiri.”

Msonda: It's a mater involving prostitutes not political violence
Msonda: It’s a mater involving prostitutes not political violence

“The thugs said clearly they were PP and they were led by Lemani Chapitapita,” said Dausi

But PP spokesman Ken Msonda said: “DPP should not drag us in their mud. The information we have according to eye witnesses is that what happened at Mount Soche Hotel is something to do with prostitutes.”

According to Msonda, DPP gurus  uses their Youth Cadets as pimps  to pick prostitutes in town, saying “ this night they wanted to pick one who was already booked and a fight erupted.”

Said Msonda: “It is wrong to drag our peaceful and a Democratic Party in the private life of someone, this has nothing to do with People Party.”

He added: “Let us not deliberately forget to remember that DPP is a party of thugs specialize in beating and killing people including University students and media.”

“Imaging if they have the courage to kill armed Police Officer whilst in opposition what more if the get into government; God forbid!”

Msonda described DPP as a party of “death and darkness.”

Phiri’s attack come after two people were killed late on Sunday in a clash between supporters of PP and DPP, triggering concerns that violence could mar the build-up to national elections in May.

A police officer and a civilian died in what police said was an ambush that followed a rally by President Joyce Banda in the tea-growing district of Thyolo.

The area is a stronghold of DPP led by Peter Mutharika, brother of former President Bingu WA Mutharika, who died of a heart attack in 2012.

Malawi is due to go to the polls on May 20 in what are expected to be closely contested presidential, parliamentary and local elections.

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