It never rains but seem to be pouring for Malawi information minister, Jappie Mhango as latest information indicates that his Rumphi north constituents are angry over allegations that he facilitated the arrest of late Tasokwa Msiska’s children.
In an interview with some residents in the constituency on Tuesday, they maintained that what Mhango has done shows that he does not respect the death of his predecessor; neither does he respect people who voted for him.
They said according to their Tumbuka culture, it was very early for Mhango to facilitate the arrest of children who were still mourning their father.
They emphasised that Mhango must take care because he might face unspecified action sooner or later.
“It is a taboo for someone to interrupt mourners. We just wonder how Mhango has forgotten so early how as Tumbukas we treat the family of the deceased. He must take care because it is clear that we cannot just sit back and entertain his stupidity, we will show him,” fumed Khumbo Gondwe.
When this publication went on to get views from late Msiskas family members, they said they still don’t understand reasons why their relatives are in police custody because what they remember is that they only told Mhango to leave the funeral ceremony.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Collings Msiska told our reporter that they did nothing that deserved someone to be arrested but then they just believe that Mhango has done so as a revenge for some political issues he had with the deceased.
“They say they have charged them with conduct likely to cause breach of peace. But then we wonder how chasing him on our father’s funeral could cause what they say. We chased him because when our father was sick he couldn’t care.”
“Some Police officers have since told us that Mhango is behind the whole story, so we will see how it’s going to end,” said Msiska.
Separate information this publication accessed indicates that the family may seek legal guidance on the matter or if that fails, they will still prepare some penalties to show Mhango how to behave in Tumbuka way.
Efforts to press Mhango on the matter proved futile because he did not pick up his phone.
Recently the same issue brought division in the August house as parliamentarian for Dowa east Richard Banda asked Mhango to explain reasons behind the arrest the Msiskas. However despite being supported by opposition legislators, the speaker of the house trashed Banda.