Chikumbutso Crespo Mafupah – MEC
The UTM party Primary Elections Thursday where canceled in Rumphi central, following the violence that occurred at the venue, as the unknown group of people who are believed to have come from Ng’onga area in the same District attacked the Delegates and severely injured the chairman of the polls.
UTM Vice Regional Governor Afiki Mbewe who was the parties observer at the venue confirmed of the development saying the mob attacked them as they were about commence the Primary injuring Anord Gondwe who was chairing the polls.
“The person who was chairing the polls has been severely injured and he was taken to the Hospital in Rumphi District where we are told he has been moved to Mzuzu Central Hospital” Explained Mbewe
The mob that has attacked us and disabled the primaries today are not UTM supporters, all we know is that these people just gunged up and started the violence with added Mbewe.
Commenting on the Development University of Livingstonia based political analyst George Phiri has called this a sign of failed democracy in Malawi.
“This clearly indicates that we have a long way to go in teaching people about democracy, where each and every person or party has the freedom to compete at any position in his party of choice without being violated in any way of the other”
“This is not the era for political violence, Malawi is a country that follows democracy, and Elections is a competition and not a game of violence to win a position. It is so unfortunate that this is happening” Explained Phiri
Meanwhile UTM National Executive Committee (NEC) is yet decide and announce the whereabouts of what will be done in constituencies where primaries polls have faced some abnormalities.