Supporters of the ruling People’s party (PP) in Malawi’s northern border district of Karonga central have been given freedom to leave the party if they don’t want to follow PP principles and policies, saying the party does not want to lose its reputation because of few people who perpetrate violence.
Speaking during joint rally on Sunday involving supporters of incumbent parliamentarian Cornelius Mwalwanda which are known as PP “B” and aspiring parliamentarian Frank Mwenefumbo which are known as PP “A” the party’s Secretory General Paul Maulidi openly asked the followers that they are free to move out of the party saying the party should not perish because of few people from one district.
He was referring to violence incidents between supporters of the two PP camps in the Karonga Central Constituency which recently ended into the torching of a house belonging to the supporter of Mwalwanda.
“What you are doing here is embarrassing us not yourselves because we don’t believe in violence so am telling you now that if you don’t want the party the door is open for everyone to go out of it and do what you want not causing problems that should affect the whole party,” said Maulidi.
He then ordered the police to arrest every supporter who is making or influencing violence in the district without seeing that he is coming from the ruling part. Maulidi urged supporters that they should not allow to be instruments for violence.
“Our police, you must help us to arrest everyone you know that he is causing or influencing violence in Karonga and by doing so you will give a lesson to others to recognize that they are the ones to face problems not the one they are following,” said Maulidi.
Mwalwanda and Mwenefumbo distanced themselves from the violence.
“I am not a violent man since my childhood because I was not born that way and it is very sad that people are suffering in the name of,” said Mwalwanda the sitting MP for Karonga central and deputy minister.
Mwenefumbo – former MP who is seeking to unseat Mwalwanda – told the gathering that there are no personal grudges between himself and his rival.
“I am so surprised that you supporters you are fighting because of us while we leave happily together, so I am appealing to you all that there is no need to tamper with someone’s property in my name because democratic politics is the mouth and votes not fighting,” said Mwenefumbo.