Traditional Authority (T/A) Bvumbwe has returned to his base after allegedly being in hiding for fearing for his life.
The youthful traditional re-emerged at his headquarters on Saturday morning, about four days after disappearing.
He looked unscathed, unhurt and in good spirits when he returned to his home, triggering excitement among his kith and kin. He could not disclose where he had disappeared to, except to say he was “fit and well”.
But the secret is out. Nyasa Times has established that Bvumbwe was not in hiding in view of alleged death threats from the People’s Party operatives. He was being hidden courtesy of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for political convenience.
Investigations have discovered that T/A Bvumbwe was being hidden, under his consent, at one of the Nyambadwe houses belonging to Peter Mutharika, the DPP president.
In the evenings, the investigations have revealed, TA Bvumbwe was walking out of his posh Nyambadwe hide out under a guise and was patronising watering holes of the adjoining Mbayani high density location, where he could not be identified by the residents.
Media reports have been rife in the preceding days that T/A Bvumbwe fled his headquarters and was in hiding after receiving death threats from the ruling People’s Party.
According to those making the allegations, the governing party was supposed to be angry because the traditional authority lamented the distribution of party T-shirts at the funeral of High Court judge Joseph Manyungwa.
Interestingly, while the chief was making his lamentation regarding the misplaced distribution of the party material, President Joyce Banda was visibly nodding her approvals that the exercise really lacked a sense of occasion.
“It was always going to be very ironic that while the head of the People’s Party, President Joyce Banda, was in agreement with the chief, anyone in her party would turn on the traditional leader,” said one observer who attended the funeral.
The information gathered during the investigations indicate that a day after the funeral, one of the workers of Mulli brothers – one of the donors of DPP – approached the traditional leader with a some of K150, 000 and convinced him to leave his house.
The intention was to create a fuss that the traditional leader had disappeared from his base, fleeing for his life, because he was receiving death threats from President Banda’s party.
The motive was that the episode would create an impression that President Banda and her party were intolerant, and that she had failed to deliver on her promise when she came into power that she will respect traditional leaders.
The DPP, whose operatives were behind the machinations, would then exploit the episode and generate political capital out of it.
The investigations have found out that the traditional leader was driven, stealthily, from Bvumbwe to Nyambadwe where one of the houses of Peter Mutharika has been arranged to keep him.
The same people then alerted the media with a claim that T/A Bvumbwe was missing.
Peter Mutharika’s spokesman Ben Phiri could not be reached for his comment But DPP spokesman Nicholas Dausi distanced his party from any involvement in the saga.
Those who know the chief well vouch for the probability of him accepting to be hired for political reasons.
The chief returned to his base after reports emerged that some of his followers wanted to petition the District Commissioner to declare a vacancy in the chieftaincy and begin arrangements of identifying a replacement.
Judge Manyungwa died at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre from pneumonia.