By Chancy Namadzunda:
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President for the South and Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa has condemned intra-party violence.
On Friday, 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.
“As Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, I cannot remain silent when our youths are used to beat up our leaders and violate our core party democratic values. The violent manner in which these youths stormed the press conference room was simply unacceptable, shameful and criminal. We are a nation of laws and let the law take its course.
“Under its constitution, the DPP believes that political stability, peace, good governance, social and economic development can only be achieved under conditions of national unity. I am a firm believer in unity in political diversity and that political differences should not degenerate into violence and public insults,” said Nankhumwa in a press statement.
He urged all DPP leaders and members to always strive to uphold our party constitution.
“Politics of castigation and violence are way out of fashion. Malawians are now able to discern the wheat from the chaff. We must understand that we are in a new era of issue-based politics, and that those among us who will refuse to conform to this new reality will fall by the wayside.
“The DPP must set the pace in preaching and practicing unity and issue-based politics; we need to ensure that we inculcate the practice of issue-based politics, and not violence and castigation, at every level and facet of our party. As a political party, we need unity of purpose and to speak from an integrated platform to ensure that we return to power in 2025,” said Nankhumwa, who is also Member of Parliament for Mulanje Central Constituency.