Mkandawire says only MCP diehards will firstly to benefit from Medef loans; likely to crack Tonse alliance
MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-Harry Mkandawire’s speech, that he delivered at the weekend during a campaign rally in Karonga Central Constituency, has sparked fire between Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party supporters.
Mkandawire, who is the MCP Vice President for the Northern Region, was heard telling the rally attendants that it is MCP diehards who will be recognised first to access Medef loans when government resumes administering the same to Malawians willing to access it and start up various business activities.
Stressing his point, Mkandawire said it is Chakwera whose face appeared on the ballot papers during the June 23, 2020 fresh presidential election and it was he who was later sworn in as the Head of State and Government, therefore, his children (MCP supporters) cannot be deprived of the loan while Chakwera is in government.
Mkandawire further challenged the rally zealots that the loan accessing forms that were issued by the then DPP are nullified and new ones will be printed and be given to MCP supporters first.
However, Mkandawire’s remarks seem to have landed on raw nerves of the supporters of the other parties in the Tonse Alliance; particularly the UTM and other alliance partners.
Since Saturday, the social media has been volatile with jabs and bifs from UTM Party fanatics who are calling for immediate withdrawal of the remarks, saying such utterances from an MCP senior member, have the potential to crack down the peace that the Tonse Alliance government is currently enjoying.
But commenting on the remarks, MCP Publicity Secretary, Reverend Maurice Munthali, said the remarks by Mkandawire should not be associated with the alliance government since he was campaigning for a parliamentary candidate for MCP and not the alliance.
Munthali further emphasised that Chakwera is not in the alliance to kill other political parties and so, any party willing to field a candidate in any constituency, where by election will be conducted, has the right to do so using its own campaign gimmicks.
Karonga Central Constituency will soon hold parliamentary by election following the death of its sitting Member of Parliament, Dr Cornelius Mwalwanda, few months ago.
Both MCP and UTM are preparing to field candidates during the poll.