RUMPHI (Malawi NewsNow) –Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education Jappie Mhango has lamented actions by relations of former Rumphi North member of Parliament (MP) Tasokwa Msiska whom he defeated in the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections for chasing him at the funeral and accusing him of killing Msiska.
Mhango admitted of being “embarrassed” after being chased alongside other Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members and his constituency campaign director Cheketa Msiska after some members of the bereaved family attacked them on accusations that they killed Msiska.
“I never killed Msiska, he was very sick for a very long time and he succumbed to cancer,” Mhango said.
He suspected that the family was hitting back at him for refusing to authorise release of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to Msiska as payment for a K6 million ($10,714) project said to have been undertaken.
Mhango said he instructed the District commissioner not to release the money because “the claim was bogus.”
The Ministers suspects the attacks were “politically motivated” and plotted by opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) .
But MCP spokesperson Dr Jessie Kabwila said the “renewed MCP does not believe in violence,” saying it was unfortunate for the minister to suspect the party.