By Our Reporter:
What was supposed to be a normal presser from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) turned ugly after two cps fighting for leadership roles fought each other.
A DPP presser by spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira, party Administrative secretary Francis Mphepo and National Organising Secretary Chimwemwe Chipungu which was supposed to be held at Crown hotel in Lilongwe ended abruptly after some people clad in party regalia beat and chased the panelists.
This was after earlier reports indicated that DPP Members of Parliament (MPs) have ganged against their leader in the August House Kondwani Nankhumwa over Covid-19 funds scam.
Reputable sources confided in The Atlas Malawi that the briefing organized by the DPP officials was to call for Nankhumwa’s resignation as Leader of Opposition (LoP).
Nankhumwa, a DPP Vice President for the Southern Region, has come under fire for receiving Covid-19 allowances whenever Presidential Taskforce met.
This is after the social media has been awash with an allowance breakdown indicating that Nankhumwa has been pocketing K60,000 twice as daily subsistence allowances and fuel allowance.
However, before the commencement of the briefing, some DPP cadets showed up and harassed the officials injuring Mphepo and Mpinganjira in the process.
Speaking to MIJ FM, DPP Legal Director Charles Mhango described what happened as sad saying it should never happen in a democratic party.
The press briefing however took place at undisclosed location where the officials read out their statement.
Among other things, Mpinganjira said the party wants MEC to postpone the March 30 by-elections due to the current Covid-19 situation.
He said although the Commission is complying with a court order, there is need to prevent people from gathering in large numbers due the pace at which Covid-19 has spread over the last few months.
Nankhumwa has come underfire from the party’s top hierarchy after disagreements on who is to me LoP.
Recently, the party fired Nankhumwa as it’s leader in the August House.
As DPP Central Governing committee chairperson, Mhango said Nankhumwa was summoned to answer various charges including undermining the authority of the party’s president (Peter Mutharika) on the appointment of the Leader of Opposition (LOP) which is in violation of Article 6 (ii), (v) and (vii) of the DPP constitution.
It was understood that before Mutharika communicated to Speaker of Parliament on his choice of LOP, Nankhumwa rushed to communicate the same and an announcement was made that he is in charge of the opposition block.
Nankhumwa is currently campaigning for the party’s presidency against former Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) Governor Dalitso Kabambe and DPP Treasure Joseph Mwanamvekha.