Assailants severely injures AFORD district deputy governor in Rumphi; two arrested

Six unidentified thugs on Friday attacked and severely injured AFORD district deputy governor for Rumphi, Newton Harawa, Maravi Post has established.

Confirming the development, the victim who is currently battling for his life at Livingstonia hospital said the incidence occurred around 8 pm when he was going back home from a nearby trading center.

Harawa said the thugs who used sharp weapons with a plan to take his life boarded a Toyota Ipsum vehicle, registration number RU 1020.

According to him, he suspect that the thugs were sent by the Party’s President Enoch Chihana because of holding a press briefing and petition him against his silence on the Monday fracas where his personal assistant and bodyguard severely attacked AFORD secretary general Christopher Ritchie and regional governor for the center Mr Kamoto.

Harawa disclosed to this reporter that the same Chihana’s driver warned to kill him on Friday morning before the incidence.

“I don’t doubt that Chihana is behind the scene. His driver called me through phone saying they have planned to kill me for condemning his boss. I did not reported the matter as I thought it was a joke,” said Harawa.

He said he rescued by some members of the community who managed to detain the vehicle and catch two of the suspects.

“The doctors said my ribs have been broken. Apart from that my arms, head and legs are severely injured. I will die for the truth,” he added.

According to him, the two suspects were taken to Ntchenache police station by the community.

Reacting to the development, Chihana told this reporter that Harawa is just fine and that the news was fake as well as strange to him.

“I talked to him through phone recently. He said he was fine and did not say anything like that,” said Chihana.

However, Harawa said Chihana was lying to say he talked to him saying “he is a big crook, I have not talked to him today and I don’t want because he is after my life.”

Meanwhile, some political commentators have faulted Chihana for failing to take action against his driver and bodyguard soon after beating two of his party’s senior members on Monday in Lilongwe on the meeting he organized.

According to them it is high time the law enforcers take a step before life is lost.

The pundits have also asked the AFORD officials to hold a convention as soon as possible in order to end the disagreement which has rocked the party.

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Catholic Bishops vow to mobilize its members to the 13th December, 2017 demonstration

Malawi Catholic Bishops on Saturday ask their Church members to come in large number and take part in electoral reform bills demonstration organized by the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) on 13 December, 2017.

The demonstration is aimed at showing their anger toward government failure to table the electoral reform bills as promised.

However government through the minister of justice Samuel Tembenu said they are not shaken with the demonstration saying Parliament cannot work under the clergy’s pressure and that holding a demonstration is part of exercising their constitutional rights.

The Bishops through Episcopal Conference of Malawi said this in a letter below;

Catholic Secretariat, Area 11
Off Chimutu Road
P.O. Box 30384
Capital City, Lilongwe 3

Tel: +265 1772 066/079
Direct Line: +265 t 772 204
Fathers Residence:+265 t 772 075
Fax: +255 L772Ol9
2nd December,2OtT

: All Parish Priests

: AllArchbishops and Bishops

: The National Pastoral Secretary – ECM

: The Directors and Heads of Commissions – ECM

: All Diocesan Pastoral Secretaries/Coordinators

: All Diocesan CCJP Secretaries/Coordinators

: The National Laity Council Chairperson

: The National CWO Chairlady

: All Directors of Catholic Media Houses

Dear Colleagues in the Vineyard,
Greetings from the Episcopal Conference of Malawi!

I write this letter to officially inform you about the forthcoming Peaceful Marches organized
by the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) slated for 13th December,2O!7. During their
Extraordinary Meeting held from 23th-30th November, 2O17 at the Catholic Secretariat,
Lilongwe, the Bishops endorsed the peaceful marches on the basis that ECM is a member of
PAC. The marches will be held under the themei “We Demand Transformative Leadership:
Now is the Time to Reclaim our Destiny.”

In the pursuit of advancing the implementation of Electoral and Local Government
Reforms, PAC undertook several activities as a follow up to 5th All-lnclusive Stakeholders
Conference in February,2OLG which were ratified by PAC Annual General Assembly in
December 20L6. To this end, the following interventions have been carried out:

a) lssued a statement in April 2Ot7 on “Unfulfilled Promises and Deep-rooted

Corruption” in which PAC took a position that the DPP Government had failed;

b) Held a 5+L Conference in June2OtT where delegates adopted recommendations;

g) PAC entered into dialogue with Government through Government Technical Team
(GTT) upon recommendation from the Conference;

All official correspondence to be addressed to the Secretary General

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