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MCP, DPP fight in Mulanje

Tension between the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its arch-foe Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is high as the parties prepare for the April 10 by– elections in Milonde Ward in Mulanje South-East Constituency.

Over the weekend, a fight broke out between the two political heavyweights when supporters clad in DPP colours removed an MCP flag hoisted in a market. This sparked a fight that saw MCP supporters in the district fighting back.

They tore and threw it away, eyewitnesses said.

Mulanje Police spokesperson, Graciam Ngwira, confirmed the development in an interview on Sunday.

One of the victims of the violence was taken to Mathambi Police Unit and later Mulanje District Hospital for treatment after the violence, police said.

MCP secretary general, Eisenhower Mkaka, said he was aware of the incident and several other incidents of DPP followers intimidating MCP members.

“We wrote Mec [Malawi Electral Commission] last week but they said the issues were already addressed. But the violence is unfortunate because anyone should be allowed to campaign freely in the ward. We cannot afford to start dividing the country,” he said.

DPP secretary general, Greselder Jeffrey, said she had received a report of the incident but doubted if those taking part in the violent acts were DPP supporters.

Jeffrey accused MCP of staging the violence to dent the image of DPP.

“We know we are winning this election and we will continue ruling after 2019; so, there is no reason for our youths to be violent. MCP supporters were just fighting each other,” she said.

Mike Skenala (DPP), Donata Nyanga (MCP) and Leo Pangani (Independent) are competing for the seat following the death of the councillor of the ward Felix Majawa last year.

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