Mulhako wa Alhomwe board of trustees chairperson and businessperson Leston Mulli has vowed to prevent critics of President Peter Mutharika from claiming any seat in the May 21 Tripartite Elections.
Speaking during the 11th commemoration of the annual Mulhako wa Alhomwe festival at Chonde in Mulanje on Sunday, Mulli, who claimed the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was in power to stay, said no person who disrespects their elders can prosper.
He said: “This is no political gathering, but I have one message for those going against APM: You are not winning any seat in the Lhomwe belt. What those rebels did has no place in our culture as Lhomwes.
“They cannot be castigating the President like they do at various podiums. We will ensure they lose their seats come May next year.”
Earlier this year, some DPP leaders dumped the party to form the United Transformation Movement (UTM) that is promoting the presidential candidacy of Vice-President Saulos Chilima.
They include former Cabinet minister Patricia Kaliati, former DPP director of youth Lewis Ngalande and Noel Masangwi, a former member of the DPP national governing council.
But in an interview yesterday, Kaliati described Mulli’s sentiments as regrettable and contradictory to the theme of the cultural festival, which was Culture: A Tool for Promoting Unity.
“I only see contradictions mirrored in all his malicious speech. My constituents will speak come the polling day, ” said the Mulanje West legislator.
This year’s festival was attended by former president Bakili Muluzi, Chewa King Gawa Undi from Zambia and Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani V, among others.