Members of Muhlako wa Alhomwe yesterday started holding a vigil at the residence of Mulanje West legislator Patricia Kaliati to force her to apologise for allegedly disrespecting Lhomwe Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa.
Mulhako wa Alhomwe chief executive officer Muchanakhwaye Mpuluka last week demanded an apology from Kaliati for not using the title ‘paramount chief’ in addressing Ngolongoliwa during the United Transformation Movement (UTM) launch rally at Masintha ground in Lilongwe on July 21.
But Kaliati, who ditched the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for UTM where she is interim secretary general, yesterday maintained that she owes no one an apology. She said she will not apologise even if the Mulhako wa Alhomwe members continue holding the vigil at her Nkando residence.
She said: “In a democratic nation, there is no way that people should be threatening one another or even interfering with someone’s private life. That is trespassing if they do not know. If they have issues, they are supposed to know how to address them. Whatever I said is true and I maintain it.”
The group invaded her residence while the legislator was away.
In a separate interview, Mpuluka said the grouping will continue holding the vigils at a private place where rituals are expected to be performed as one way to force Kaliati apologise.
He said the vigil at Kaliati’s residence was public, which involved putting flowers on the ground and offering sacrifices to appease their ‘gods’.
Mpuluka was, however, reluctant to say what type of sacrifices they made and will be making.
He said the essence of holding the private vigils and offering sacrifices to appease the ‘gods’ is one way of portraying that the Lhomwes are just practising their culture.
At a press briefing held at Mulli Brothers Limited (MBL) offices in Chigumula last week, the grouping warned Kaliati of serious consequences if she does not humble herself and make the apology.