Woman dies while dancing at DPP rally

Sorrow and panic engulfed Ndirande Malabada ground in Blantyre Sunday afternoon following the death of an unknown member of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Mulakho wa Alhomwe (MWA) who fell down while dancing.

She fell down while dancing along with fellow MWA women of Ndirande Malabada group.

The women were entertaining the crowd that had come to attend a DPP rally organised by the party gurus, among them, Secretary-General Wakuda Kamanga, reinstated Southern Regional Governor, Noel Masangwi, and Parliamentarian for the area and minister of defense Aaron Sangala.

The meeting was held under the banner `Malawi wozidalira, wabata ndi wamtendere.’

Wakuda Kamanga (L) addressed the meeting in Ndirande

Nyasa Times correspondent Felie Mzumara who was at the scene said the incident occurred a few minutes before the arrival of the party gurus.

“She was in action dancing when she suddenly fell down.  Then we saw a group of women and men wearing DPP t/shirts rushing with her to a nearby Malabada Health Centre, which is situated some 100 meters away. They used a DPP Toyota pick up vehicle reg number BP 8677,” explained Mzumara.

Our correspondent said after about half an hour, the DPP entourage arrived at the venue but just after the Regional Youth Director Lewis Ngalande made the welcoming remarks, rumour started going round that the woman was no more.

Mzumara said he heard a DPP youth official whispering to a group of women clad in MWA cloth saying “Can you please go to the hospital and identify that woman, she could be your relative or someone you know, she has passed away.”

The DPP official, who was amongst those who rushed to the health centre, disclosed that the woman’s BP rose and the medical team at the hospital failed to save her life and she died 30 minutes later.

When the news spread at the venue, the meeting was disturbed as people flocked to the hospital, forcing security personnel at the main gate to lock the entrance as over hundreds of people wanted to make their way into the compound.

“It was shocking and unbelievable. People wanted to confirm the news while others wanted to know her details,” our correspondent said.

After the group subsided, the body of the deceased was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital mortuary leaving party leaders at the venue under panic not knowing what to do next or where to start from.

A grief stricken Malabada DPP Constituency Governor, Mr. Mlotha said as he addressed the people: “I am filled with sorrow and I am failing to talk.”

Nevertheless, after some minutes the guests continued with their arrangement.

The particulars of the woman were yet to be announced at the time of posting this article.

The Ndirande-Malabada rally was one of the six political rallies the ruling party had lined up on Sunday to be held in Blantyre alone.

However, conspicuously missing at the meeting was DPP vice president who is also Minister of Energy Goodal Gondwe who was set to be the guest of honour as announced during advertisements on the public radio MBC.

President Mutharika has entrusted Gondwe, among a few others, to be articulating to the masses why the Bingu led administration is sticking to the much criticized zero deficit budget and government’s denial to devalue the Malawi kwacha.

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