Lawyer for fired Malawi Congress Party (MCP) member Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma on Thursday was assaulted by party zealots for submitting court summons for MCP president Lazarus Chakwera at the party’s headquarters.
The lawyer Jorum Mpangeni, who has since reported the matter to Lingadzi police station in the capital Lilongwe, said MCP members were reluctant to receive the documents and he opted to drop them at the gate of the headquarters but six men descended on him and beat him up.
He added that during the fracas, the documents were torn up by the members who showed no mercy on him for submitting the court summons to Chakwera.
Reacting on the matter, Nkhoma said the development can be taken as evidence for calling for leadership change within the party, arguing that the current regime has been “undemocratic”
“Exactly that’s what we have been worried and expressing that the violence within MCP has reached to such an alarming proposition, that they refused to be served with court documents. What is more distressing is that these are lawmakers, Reverend Chakwera is a lawmaker, so refusing and beating people in line of duty is really sad development,” said Nkhoma.
MCP authorities have since downplayed the reports arguing that no one has been beaten at the party’s headquarters office in Lilongwe.
Following her expulsion from the party, Chatinkha Nkhoma opted to take legal action against the National Executive Committee for showing her the MCP exit door on the basis of indiscipline.
Chakwera has since been summoned to court over charges of defamation and illegal expulsion of Nkhoma and her colleagues.