A People’s Party (PP) aspiring member of Parliament (MP) for Ntcheu West Naomi Chidiwa is in hiding after roughnecks pounced on her on Saturday night.
On the day, Chidiwa trounced incumbent MP Chikumbutso Hiwa in the primaries and was forced out for fear of her life, and that of children and siblings, she fled her home.
“I am currently in hiding somewhere in Lilongwe. I was escorted by police to Lizulu at midnight. I fear for my life,” said Chidiwa from her hiding place.
Ntcheu Police spokesperson Gift Matewere confirmed that Chidiwa lodged a complaint.
“We understand she is in hiding, but we don’t know where. She alleged she was threatened. She left her vehicle here,” said Matewere.
Hiwa’s camp also complained, alleging that Chidiwa roughed up an aspiring councillor, said Matewere.
PP deputy publicity secretary Ken Msonda claimed the party had not received a report on the incident.
Ntcheu West is one of the many constituencies where PP primary elections were rocked in controversies.
Meanwhile, the party has annulled results of the Zomba Central Constituency where the party’s deputy administrative secretary Joseph Chikwemba disputed results which favoured Patricia Kainga.
A source said there will be a re-run on Saturday.
But Msonda could not confirm nor deny the re-run, saying the party is currently receiving concerns which will be scrutinised on case-to-case basis before mapping the way forward.
However, this contradicts an earlier call by the party’s vice-president (North) Khumbo Kachali who on Thursday last week asked contestants in primary elections in the Eastern Region to avoid conflicts to ensure free and fair elections on May 20.
“I am here to ask you all contestants to avoid conflicts to ensure peaceful elections. Accept the results whether you win or not,” said Kachali during a briefing in the region.
The Eastern Region comprises Balaka, Mangochi, Machinga, Ntcheu and Zomba. The region has 40 constituencies and according to PP acting secretary general, primary elections would not be conducted in eight constituencies since the contestants have gone unopposed.
Maulidi, however, did not name the constituencies.
—Additional reporting by Mana