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MP snubs dialogue to resolve conflict with councilor

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker for Ntcheu Bwanje South, Goodwin Kanjere, snubbed a dialogue meeting organised by the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) to resolve conflicts between the MP and his councillor for Bilira Ward, Alfred Chioza.

Kanjere and Chioza both members of the ruling DPP have not been working together since they were elected during the 2014 Tripartite General Elections.

When contacted Kanjere said he did not see any reason for him to be part of the meeting.

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“It is true I was invited to the meeting, but I did not see any reason to attend since it was meaningless. The church body has been inviting us for a round table discussion for two consecutive meetings but nothing has worked out to resolve our differences,” Kanjere said.

Chairperson for Ntcheu EAM committee Pastor Hauke Nkuzalo said as a church body their role is to bring together the duty bearers to resolve the conflicts that are there and will continue to lobby for dialogue between the two.

Pastor Nkuzalo fears such behaviour will affect implementation of developments in the area.

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However, Chairperson for Sub Traditional Authority Mkutumula Area Development Committee, Chikumbutso Banda, said the sour relationship between the two duty bearers is affecting development in the area.

He said the two have to resolve their grievances and start working together for the benefit of communities.

“Development has suffered a lot in our area due to such a sour relationship hence we urge them to work out their misunderstanding in the interest of development,” he said.

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