By Mandy Pondani:
Panga-wielding men allegedly assaulted Karonga Central Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) Frank Mwenifumbo during a political rally at Rumphi Boma on Wednesday.
Mwenifumbo claimed that he was beaten up by men suspected to be Alliance for Democracy (Aford) followers but the party has dismissed the allegations.
He said the group was hurling insults at him, accusing him of accepting his nomination as presidential running mate to United Democratic Front (UDF) leader, Atupele Muluzi, in the May 21 Tripartite Elections.
“What is happening in Aford is sheer jealousy and disrespect of the party’s and Republic [of Malawi] Constitution which provide for freedom of association. By accepting the UDF offer, I never announced that I am leaving Aford. I accepted [the UDF offer] for the greater good of the nation,” Mwenifumbo said.
During the fracas, several people sustained injuries including an eight-year-old girl, who has been sutured at Rumphi District Hospital.
Meanwhile, Aford spokesperson, Khumbo Mwangulu, has distanced the party from the violence.
“Everyone knows that Rumphi Central is Aford’s strong base, and the party was never party to Mwenifumbo’s idea of partnering Muluzi. To our surprise, he insists he is still Aford,” Mwangulu said.
Meanwhile, Rumphi Police spokesperson, George Kaleso, has said law enforcers have arrested a man identified as Patani Gondwe on suspicion that he knows something about the fracas.