MZUZU—Hot political rhetoric between the ruling People’s Party (PP) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has heated up bye-election campaigns in Mzimba.
DPP regional governor Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira on Wednesday and Thursday addressed meetings in Mzimba South West constituency where he said the PP administration, in office since April, has already showed signs of failure.
Ngwira aimed his attack on Vice President Khumbo Kachali who resigned as an MP after his appointment, saying he had failed the people he was supposed to represent.
The Governor blasted the government over security breakdown in the country and said it planned to legalise same sex marriages in conservative Malawi where the practice is largely frowned upon.
Pres Joyce Banda, the country’s first and Africa’s second female head of state in modern times, has said Malawi should repeal laws against homosexuality.
Firing back at DPP, Provincial Chairperson for PP in the North, Rev. Brown Soko accused the former governing party – it lost power after Pres Bingu wa Mutharika’s death which saw VP Banda who didn’t belong to the party form the next government - of sponsoring crime in the country.
"They are perpetrating insecurity and the issue of gays is dominant there, they have a leader never seen in public with a woman," said Soko who spoke at Euthini where Vice President Khumbo Kachali addressed a rally.
DPP is led by Peter Mutharika who is single. His was once married and his wife died while he was living in the United States.
PP Deputy Secretary General Harry Mkandawire also hammered away at the issue sexuality. He said it was strange for DPP to raise the issue of gay marriages as men in the party were known to make themselves up as women.
"Mzomera uses Ambi Shubaba despite being a man. One wonders how if he is not dressing up for his boss," charged Mkandawire.
Ambi Shubaba is a skin-lightening cosmetic mainly used by women. A metrosexual is man who pays a lot of attention to his appearance.
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