DPP distances itself from Rumphi fracas

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    The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has distanced itself from violent incidences that took place on Saturday during the Gonapamuhanya cultural event at Bolero in Rumphi.

    In a statement released Sunday, DPP Publicity Secretary Francis Kasaila, says the party did not cause the fracas and accused the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and others of being at fault.

    On Saturday, thugs suspected to be DPP cadets attacked people who gathered at Chief Chikulamayembe headquarters in the district.

    But in the statement, Kasaila says DPP’s preliminary findings have established that MCP supporters were in possession of some weapons, including knives, that were put to use during the fracas that followed.

    “These most unfortunate incidences were properly planned and executed by supporters of the opposition Malawi Congress Party and their allies. During the Rumphi events, some DPP supporters were mercilessly beaten up by the opposition hooligans and at least one official vehicle of the DPP was heavily smashed by the stone throwing MCP supporters,” reads part of the statement.

    The statement further calls upon the police to swiftly conduct thorough investigations into the Rumphi incident and ensure that all the perpetrators are brought to book.

    Minister of Home Affairs, Grace Chiumia, said her Ministry will conduct investigations into the matter which saw MCP’s party president Lazarus Chakwera locked up in a vehicle for close to 40 minutes.

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