Mulli says DPP is party for Lhomwes: Irks Lower Shire people

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People of the Sena and Mang’anja tribes were angered by controversial politician Leston Mulli yesterday when he claimed that the Lhomwes dominate the population in the Lower Shire but have not drummed up support for President Peter Mutharika.

Mulli made the sentiments at Bangula Secondary School. He was referring to Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) loss in the Nsanje Lalanje elections to the Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

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Leston Mulli: DPP is for Lhomwes

According to Mulli, it was quite ’embarrassing’ that the DPP lost in the area yet the ‘Lhomwe form the larger population in the area’.

“We, the Lhomwe need to support the DPP. How come we lost the polls in Lalanje when we are here in the largest numbers?” said the Mulakho wa Alhomwe leader.

It was these sentiments that irked the gathering which started to boo Mulli with notable violent scenes noted before police stabilised the anarchy.

The anger was only rising because prior to Mulli’s speech, Malawi24 understands that a Pastor who was given the role to open the ceremony with a prayer had also in his prayer claimed ‘it is the Lhomwe’s who can develop Malawi and the Lower Shire’.

People had murmured through the entire prayer until the Pastor sat down.

Most of the uproar was led by students at Bangula Secondary School.

It took the efforts of Chief Chimombo to cool people’s tempers when he called for politics of unity and not division – a thing Mulli overlooked when he took to the podium.

Analysts have previously warned the DPP to desist from treating the party as being a tribal one.

Mutharika and nearly half of his cabinet ministers are from the Lhomwe belt which springs from Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Thyolo and Phalombe districts.

Opposition parties have not stopped spitting fire over the DPP for what it says is a nepotistic type of leadership – a thing Mutharika has rubbished saying he appoints people on ‘merit’.

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  1. Now the owners of the party are telling you DPP is for Lhomwes and you say no. That means the party does not want people from other tribes. That’s all and you say do not do this and that! What is your problem? DPP is for lhomwe people and we will join other parties.

  2. Ayamba nazo kutisankha mitundu ndye iwe uziti ndine wa dpp manyazi bwanji chipani cha alomwe asiileni alomwe ife tisake chathu

  3. Populist leaders, the world over, capitalise on things that divide us; it’s in the nature of the beast. They harp on our differences enough to make our similarities disappear. But wise citizens can survive this by staying NO to the nonsense. Failure to result I ignomity

  4. Populist leaders, the world over, capitalise on things that divide us; it’s in the nature of the beast. They harp on our differences enough to make our similarities disappear. But wise citizens can survive this by staying NO to the nonsense

  5. Populist leaders, the world over, capitalise on things that divide us; it’s in the nature of the beast. They harp on our differences enough to make our similarities disappear. But wise citizens can survive this by staying NO to the nonsense

  6. Bwana Mulli, if you sow division you’ll get division. We are all Malawians and not the tribes by which you keep defining us. A ruling should never be a party for specific tribes to the detriment of others. Once again we are all Malawians defined by our common destiny. Your position bwana Mulli is so absurd especially in light of inter-marriages; a lomwe man may marry a sena or a mang’anja woman, so which tribe are the children? Focus on convincing Malawians that DPP is a party for the people; a party with ethical, moral and incorruptible leaders. Otherwise forget the votes from not only lower shore but from anywhere else.

  7. I am Lomwe but I don’t share Mulli’s sentiments because I don’t believe in tribalism. We don’t vote for political leaders because they come from our tribe. We vote for them because we believe they have the interest to uplift the standards of living for all Malawians regardless of where they are from or which tribe they come from.

  8. Timanena kuti ndizalomwe lzi koma mitundu lna mpuma.Mulli ouzenso avetsetse paja anthu ena samva kamodzi.

  9. I don’t see wrong with Mulli or Pastor. The only crime they have done is talk the truth straight forward and publicly. He is telling the people those don’t listen and come to their senses. That party is for the Lhomwe others are being used like condom. I hope now they get the point. Vava Lhomwe

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