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Mangochi Members of Parliament fight over Peter Mutharika

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There is serious bad blood between Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Clement Chiwaya, and Parliamentarian for Mangochi North, Benedicto Chambo, of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who are tussling over who is closer to President Peter Mutharika and, therefore, politically powerful in the district.

According to a voice recording which The Daily Times is in possession of, Chiwaya who is also Member of Parliament for Mangochi Central under the United Democratic Front (UDF) is accusing Chambo of interfering with affairs of Mangochi Central Constituency instead of confining himself within his area.

The fight emanated from Chambo’s attendance of a site meeting on Thursday last week in preparation for Mutharika’s visit at St Augustine Primary School grounds where the President attended Ijtimah prayers last Saturday.

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Charges Chiwaya: “Chambo, you live in my constituency and I can use my powers to make your life hellish. I am the fifth in command in this country and I do call Peter [Mutharika] anytime I want to tell him what I want to tell him. Let me tell you that there is no problem between me and Peter.”

But Chambo shoots back saying: “Never! My brother, let’s just play our politics but what you are telling me [that you can make my life difficult] cannot happen.”

Chiwaya quizzes Chambo as to who invited him to the site meeting and in what capacity. He reveals that Transport Minister, Jappie Mhango, is the one who tipped him about what Chambo said at the planning meeting. Chiwaya also accuses Chambo of undermining UDF leader Atupele Muluzi as well as using some vendors to rise up against Chiwaya.

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In an interview, Tuesday, Chiwaya blamed Chambo for encroaching in his constituency. He further accused this reporter for what he said unprofessional reportage, saying there was no need to contact him in regard to this incidence because he did not see any problem of him warning Chambo against encroaching in his area.

“Chambo is the one to blame and you want to capitalise on me… What kind of journalism is that? I do not think there is a problem with telling Chambo to concentrate on his constituency and not my constituency because if you are a good journalist you could have known that site meetings are attended by people from the constituency which the President is visiting,” said Chiwaya before cutting the line.

Chambo also confirmed both the voice recording and the bad blood between him and his fellow legislator.

“I did not know that it is wrong for an MP to attend a site meeting. I am an MP for the DPP and I went there because my President was to attend the meeting. So I want to be on page [sic] of the whole arrangement. Besides that, I was also invited to attend the site meeting,” Chambo said.

Chiwaya further accused Chambo of disturbing Atupele Muluzi when the UDF president attended a funeral ceremony of late John Chipembere, brother to late Masauko Chipembere where Chambo represented government.

Chambo also stands accused of convincing some influential members of the UDF in Mangochi to join the ruling DPP despite the two parties being in an alliance.

But Chambo said, in an interview, that being a family man and an MP, he felt threatened by the remarks Chiwaya made, and is relying on the recording to bear witness if anything happens in future.

Meanwhile, the recording has gone viral on WhatsApp.

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