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Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional committee members for the Northern Region Wednesday chased DPP deputy regional governor, Afiki Mbewe, from attending Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s event when he visited flood victims in Karonga District.

Drama also ensued at the actual event when supporters of former deputy minister of Education, Vincent Ghambi, who is Member of Parliament for Karonga North, clashed with his rival parliamentary candidate who is also DPP Regional Organising Secretary Mungasulwa Mwambande.

Before Chilima arrived in Karonga, The Daily Times spotted Mbewe on Wednesday morning boarding a minibus heading to his home in Rumphi District.

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Speaking in a telephone interview later, Mbewe said he received many threatening calls from the people he suspected to be in Mutharika’s camp, warning him against attending the event.

Mbewe said the callers also said he should never step into Karonga, blaming him for campaigning for Chilima and supporting calls that he should be the DPP torchbearer, come 2019 elections.

“The calls were many and they even told me that they know where I have slept in Karonga. They said that I am a disgruntled DPP member because I am supporting Chilima’s candidature. They said they do not want Chilima to see people who are behind him and they told me not to dare attend the event.

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“I reported the matter to Karonga Police Station and they also advised me to go back to Rumphi. It is sad that I am suffering within my own party, which claims to be democratic,” Mbewe said.

Efforts to speak to Karonga Police Station proved futile as their phones went unanswered.

But Mwambande admitted that he blocked Mbewe from attending the event, claiming they do not want to work with him.

“We have blocked him because we have fears that, if we are seen together, people would think we are siding with Chilima. Therefore, we wanted to distance ourselves for fear of being implicated,” Mwambande said.

Later in the day, Mwambande and Ghambi supporters embarrassed Chilima when they disrupted his event at Kasantha and Kaporo disaster camps.

The supporters continuously kept on insulting each other throughout the time for making speeches.

Mwambande supporters were chanting songs accusing Ghambi of failing to develop the area while Ghambi’s sympathisers alleged that Mwambande is untrustworthy.

The police, DPP regional director of women Joyce Chikukula, Paramount Chief Kyungu and Traditional Authority (T/A) Kilupula failed to control the two groups and almost all the speakers were not audible enough due to the commotion.

“We have visitors who have come to cheer the victims. Why are we failing to give respect? Why prioritising politics here?” Kyungu queried.

But Chilima, apart from assuring the victims that the government will provide total support in all the camps, could not hold his patience at Kaporo Camp, when he expressed his sadness over the political war.

“This is not time for fun, it is not time for the party but for the people who were affected by disaster. Let me tell you that, all the time, look at your past and think about your future,” Chilima said, leaving people in suspense.

On Tuesday, DPP supporters in Mzimba also clashed with Freedom Party supporters at the installation ceremony of T/A Mzukuzuku.

The two parties were fighting for vantage sitting places to face their leaders, Kondwani Nankhumwa and Khumbo Kachali who graced the occasion

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