IT appears pillars are failing to hold in the ruling Peoples’ Party in Nkhotakota party loyalists are complaining about violence in the constituency of PP deputy leader Cassim Chilumpha.
The violence has brought about divisions in the PP political district of Bua- Chiluwa in Nkhotakota where party members who defected from United Democratic Front (UDF) alongside Chilumpha are fighting those they found.
PP Governor for the district Simba Kawanga was allegedly beaten by a group he claims came along with Chilumpha from the UDF during a political meeting held by the PP vice president at Kalimanjira in the district on Sunday.
Kawanga, who stormed The Daily Times offices in Lilongwe on Tuesday alongside his secretary Stafford Malijani said the two are now living in fear.
“I was beaten on Sunday. I am very sad with what happened. The people causing confusion are the ones who came with our vice president from UDF. At the moment, we have sought refuge away from home for fear of being attacked again,” Kawanga said.
In a letter to the party’s secretary general, Henry Chibwana, which The Daily Times has seen, the district committee expresses its disappointment.
As founders of the party, we are disappointed for being treated like this because Dr. Chilumpha is now the party’s vice president. We expected that he would be promoting unity in the party, just like what the president says,” reads part of the letter, dated November 12 2012.
Efforts to talk to Chilumpha yesterday were fruitless as his phone went unanswered on several attempts.
But while saying he had not yet received the letter from the committee, Chibwana condemned violence in general.
“I’ve not received the letter you are talking about. It will therefore be difficult for me to comment on that issue.
However, as a party, we abhor violence,” Chibwana said.
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