Malawi‘s ruling Peoples Party (PP) Deputy Spokesperson, Ken Msonda, has told off his superior, Paul Maulidi, by refusing to offer an apology to the nation as well as the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over remarks he made against the party.
The controversial deputy publicity secretary accused the DPP of being behind the razing of two houses belonging to PP District Committee members for Mulanje district over the weekend.
Msonda said PP was ready to retaliate as it had all the necessary machinery and resources to revenge and make the former ruling party leadership and its supporters live miserably.
But Maulidi, who is PP acting Secretary General, asked Msonda to apologise to the nation for insinuating that the President Joyce Banda’s party will engage in a tit-for-tat combat following the incident on its supporters.
And in his reaction, Msonda hit back at Maulidi arguing he would not apologise because there was nothing wrong he said.
The deputy publicist further accused his boss of encouraging DPP to engage in violent acts.
“Although I have not been communicated to but what you should know is that I know my responsibility and job description as deputy publicity secretary of the party. There is nothing to apologise about because I said nothing wrong.
“I stand by what I said because as a party we cannot tolerate our members to be beaten and losing property. DPP must stop this nonsense now and the one who is saying I must apologise is encouraging the DPP and its people to engage in violence,” charged Msonda.
He said he had no regrets for his stand and “let me reiterate that the DPP is a party that is associated with burning peoples’ property, peoples’ houses, churches, markets, beating and killing innocent people.”
In an earlier interview with Nyasa Times, the PP secretary general while distancing his party from Msonda’s war cry utterances said the deputy spokesperson made the remarks in his own capacity.
“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 told Nyasa Times.
He further said PP does not condone violence even by its followers saying it believes in peaceful co-existence and the rule of law.
But Maulidi’s sentiments are somewhat in sharp contrast with what has been happening on the ground in recent days where PP followers in Karonga and Mzimba, among other districts have engaged in running battles amongst themselves over who to represent them in the party as well as during next year’s polls.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :