The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has come under-fire for sending threats to people who opposed the naming of Karonga-Chitipa Road as ‘Bingu Highway.’
One of Karonga-based social-political activist, Stevenson Simusokwe, is currently reported to be in hiding as party cadets are baying for his head for leading the group of communities opposing the name.
He is one of youth activists the country has now; and, some of his notable initiatives are fighting the Paladin Africa Limited (PAL) for questioning their social corporate responsibilities and for the
initiative he is being threatened for now.
“Bingu was responsible for the deaths of tens of people in the northern region and for the quota system whose aim was to frustrate ambitious young men from the region. Why name the road for someone like that,” wondered Simusokwe.
The Karonga-Chitipa Road has been one of the worst roads since Malawi got independence from the Britons in 1964.
Traditional Authority Karonga, of Karonga, a key figure in the Bingu administration for favours has always been in support but the incumbent Paramount Chief Kyungu, a favourite of the former and current government, is against the plan.
Peter Mutharika, incumbent Malawi president, is the brother Pres Bingu wa Mutharika who died of heart attack on April 5, 2012.
Bingu’s administration is renowned for a number of negatives including the death of youth 23-year old activist, but also final year engineering student Robert Chasowa. His case is still in Malawi courts.