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Malawian PAP Presidential Candidate Accuses SA Of Provocation

Malawian parliamentarian and presidential candidate at the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Yeremia Chihana has accused South Africa of endorsing Zimbabwean senator, Chief Fortune Charumbira in the race for the hotly-contested post.

Chihana apparently rejected the southern caucus’s nomination of Zimbabwe’s Chiefs Council president Charumbira as its official candidate for the PAP presidency by throwing his hat into the ring.

Speaking to South African TV channel, Newzroom Afrika, in Midrand on Wednesday, Chihana accused South Africa of bias. He said:

South Africa as a host country has shown bias towards Zimbabwe. South Africa is an independent country, they should have shown maturity and remember that they are a host country.

When the (sitting) became hostile, members from the other countries decided to move out because we did not accept Pemmy [Majodina] as a candidate or ad hoc chair because it has been shown that the arrangement is provided by the camp in Harare that is fighting.

It has also shown that South Africa is taking advantage of being the host country. They have taken a side, that they are supporting Charumbira and by taking sides, it puts other countries in a very awkward position.

Majodina is the African National Congress’ chief whip in the South African Parliament and an outspoken member of the Pan-African Parliament.

She has been elected as the interim chairperson of the Southern Region Caucus of the Pan-African Parliament.

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