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Democratic Progressive Party, Alliance for Democracy trade barbs

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Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary General, Greselder Jeffrey, has attacked Member of Parliament for Karonga Central Frank Mwenifumbo and the leadership of Alliance for Democracy (Aford) declaring that they will never rule the country till eternity.

But Mwenifumbo in a separate interview labelled Jeffrey as a political novice who does not understand the genesis of Malawi politics.

Speaking at a rally in Karonga on Saturday, Jeffrey said Aford and its leaders failed to lead this country when the then party president the late Chakufwa Chihana was alive.

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She said some politicians in the Northern Region will never manage to convince people to vote them into power, hence supporting DPP is the only solution.

Jeffrey’s remarks come a week after Mwenifumbo announced his re-joining of Aford at a press briefing held in Lilongwe.

“I have touched base with many districts in the Northern Region and observed that people from the region are not interested in a leader presently but development. Why should somebody waste his time to join Aford and promise to win support for the entire North?

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“I don’t see any politician in Aford that can convince Northerners to have a candidate and win in elections. There is no longer politics in the region but development under DPP administration,” Jeffrey said.

Mwenifumbo reacted by accusing the DPP of promoting politics of regionalism, a development he said negatively affects development in the country.

“Her remarks are very unfortunate. I am happy her remarks have revealed what DPP is all about. This is the third time a senior member of DPP has uttered nepotistic, tribalistic, regionalistic remarks referring the people from the North as failures. Who is she to condemn us?” Mwenifumbo queried.

Aford President Enock Chihana said reading through Jeffry’s remarks, it is clear that the DPP is under pressure following his party’s exploits in which it has managed to bring back old members in readiness for 2019 elections.

He warned DPP never to dare fight Aford, arguing they are fighting a losing battle.

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) Secretary Martin Chiphwanya said such sentiments are divisive and should not in any way be condoned in a democracy.

“Careless sentiments that have the potential of creating unnecessary tensions should at all times be avoided. Malawi belongs to all of us and no particular grouping should be looked down upon.

“Politicians need to rise above tribalistic pronouncements by refraining from such undemocratic, unwarranted and provocative talk during political party rallies,” Chiphwanya said.

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