Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member of Parliament for Salima Central, Felix Jumbe, is currently in protective police custody reportedly for receiving death threats in relation to leadership wrangles within MCP.
According to National Police Spokesperson, Nicholas Gondwa, Jumbe lodged a complaint last night about threats he is currently receiving because of the infighting.
“Jumbe came day around 9pm at Area 30 to complain that he is receiving threats and that his vehicles are targeted to be set ablaze,” Gondwa said
Gondwa said police Jumbe flees to police for security are providing protection as mandated by the Constitution of the Republic to protect lives and they have since launched investigations into the allegation.
But MCP Deputy Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka, has dismissed the allegations, saying the party does not condone violence, as such it will not allow anyone to lose life while participating in a political process.
“As a Party, we haven’t received any reports that he is under any threat. If he claims that some people are responsible for that, he must report to police and name them,” Mkaka said
Political analyst Mustafa Hussein has described the situation as retrogression to democracy.
Hussein said it is a sign that the party is not ready for any dissenting voices within it, which might have an impact in the near future by weakening its image if the intimidation persists.
“This is a sad development on our democracy as a nation and a party. As a big party in the opposition, it clearly means that it is not ready to play its rightful role as an opposition party,” he said
The development comes after police on Monday arrested nine people on suspicion that they planned to set ablaze the MCP) headquarters.
Gondwa has since said the suspects have been released on bail to pave way for thorough investigations.
“We believe there is more to what eyes are seeing. We need to investigate for us to come up with a better statement. Otherwise, what we are getting is contrary to the claim,” he said.
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