Member of Parliament for Karonga Central Frank Mwenefumbo on Tuesday exchanged bullets with thugs as he was coming from Parliament in Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe.
Mwenefumbo who recently joined Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) told the August House that as he was going home some people stopped him and told him that they have a baby who needed medical treatment.
He later realised that they were thugs who wanted to claim his life and a shootout ensued.
“The perpetrators of that crime escaped in a brand new Toyota Fortuner to unknown destination. I am saying this Right Honourable Speaker Sir, that this is a very unusual occurrence in Malawi and it has never happened to me in my entire life and I don’t know why it has to happen to me this time around,” Mwenefumbo said.
The Karonga Central lawmaker however believes that the attack may be politically motivated claiming that there are three reasons why he was attacked.
“One is I happen to be sitting in your committee where we are investigating purported fraud at Water Board and I have shown my stand there that I am not going to condone any sense of corruption regardless of who it involves. Secondly, I have been very active in protesting the relocation of refugees from Dzaleka into my constituency,” he said.
Mwenefumbo further said that he thinks that the attack happened because he joined AFCORD, a move which he said attracted protests from certain quarters.
He however stated that the attack does not scare him or move him an inch.
Commenting on the issue, deputy chief whip Grace Chiumia urged Mwenefumbo to report such incidents to Police.
“I would like to say that, if there are any crimes which members are seeing please report to police,” Chiumia said. You don’t need to wait until you report to parliament. We are here to protect you.”