Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi told Parliament yesterday that outspoken Rumphi East member of Parliament (MP) Kamlepo Kalua lied about his account of being abducted for 11 days to garner public sympathy.
Dausi made the statement in Parliament following a query from Balaka Central MP Aufi Mpaweni (United Democratic Front-UDF) who asked the Speaker for information on the matter. The legislator said there was concern about Kalua’s alleged conduct.
Kalua was found at Kwacha Roundabout in Blantyre early Sunday morning after his family reported him missing last week. But police have dismissed this, concluding that he staged his abduction.
Dausi repeated in Parliament that Kalua’s conduct was a desperate attempt to solicit public sympathy.
Said the minister: “This government will not stand by as someone stages an abduction just to create the narrative that he was tortured and dumped.
“The truth of the matter is [that] he was never abducted. We have this on good authority.”
To laughs and chuckles from the government side and bemusement from the opposition benches, Dausi said a man abducted for 10 days could not be discovered looking smart with polished shoes, ironed clothes and a shaved beard.
He said: “Later, he [Kalua] was seen with clothes he was wearing when allegedly abducted, clothes he had put on for 11 days. Or, is it that his abductors allowed him to carry additional clothes?”
But the People’s Party (PP) for which Kalua is third vice-president, was not happy with Dausi’s report to Parliament.