The Controversy surrounding the death of former legislator for Rumphi North, Tasokwa Msiska has taken another turn as his relatives claim that Malawi’s Information minister Jappie Mhango “lent a hand in his death”.
Speaking to Malawi24 on Thursday morning, Isaac Gondwe who claimed to be a close relative to the deceased maintained that Mhango wanted Msiska to die.
He alleged that Mhango told government to forsake the deceased by not releasing money for his treatment.
“When our father was critically ill, we asked government to help us with funds for his treatment. To our surprise we learnt that Mhango blocked our plans by telling government to ignore. We believe he took part,” said Gondwe.
It is believed that Mhango and the deceased were not in good terms having faced each other in last year’s tripartite polls in which Mhango emerged victorious.
When Msiska died days ago, his family and supporters barred Mhango from attending the funeral ceremony but he insisted on attending.
Consequently, he was chased away like a dog.
Malawi24 published an article which quoted Mhango as saying that people who chased him away are Malawi Congress Party (MCP) diehards.
However when asked about reports that he helped kill his predecessor, Mhango trashed the allegations saying relatives of the deceased have a problem of politicizing things.
“They wanted to use CDF (Constituency Development Fund) money for their father’s medication and on that I indeed declined because it was unreasonable,” he said.
He added that the move to chase him was planned politically by MCP cohorts who are a majority in the area where the deceased hailed from.
However such assumptions have been scrapped by MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwira who believes Mhango is just confused and has run out of ideas.
“In fact, if he says so then as MCP we are proud of having a stronghold there,” said Kabwira.