In Africa, one of the most recent popular story of abduction is about Chiboko School girls who were abducted by the notorious Nigerian based rebels Boko Haram. However, Malawi has its own experience of abduction.
The Honourable Member of Parliament of Rumphi East Kamlepo Kalua went missing but was found few days later tied both hands and legs.
The two scenarios differ in two ways.
On the one hand, the first story of Chiboko girls was witnessed and it took more than a year for some girls to be released.
On the other hand, the Rumphi East MP’s missing was silent and also took only a few days to be ‘released.
These differences induced different reactions from the general public in each particular case. While the Chiboko girls received a lot of sympathy up to global level, Kalua was marked a mere sympathy seeker on political reasons.
Further, Malawi Police acted very differently from how police in Nigeria acted towards the story of abduction.
Just Thursday, speaker of the National Assembly gave Kalua an opportunity to present his side of the story which got mixed reactions from Malawians at a time when he could not comment on his abduction.
From the narration of Kalua, there are points at least against or contrary to each of the earlier point or comment from Malawi Police or the general public at large.
The firebrand politician was able to mention specific places and names involved in his abduction and further reasons why he thinks the whole thing had to happen.
According to Kalua, he was approached by two men who identified themselves as police as he was walking towards his under construction site in Chileka where he was dropped by his son.
He further went on to say the two men took him to unknown place which he later realised was Oasis lodge located in Limbe.
The most interesting moment is when Kalua clearly mentioned former Agriculture minister George Chaponda as being behind his abduction.
“Mr. Speaker Sir, without wasting much time, my reliable sources found out that the main player in my abduction is the fallen corrupt minister of Agriculture. GEORGE CHAPONDA”, Kalua told the parliament.
In his investigation, Kalua told the parliament that “they (Police) went to my plot and forced the wife of my servant to sign some papers she refused and they lied that I had taken 3 months without visiting my site”.
Honourable Kalua did the best to talk of the issue of his once impounded motor vehicles stating names of Chaponda’s son in law Dickson Shumba and Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officials Mr Honde and Mr Chimkono.
All in all, Malawi has now two different sides of the same story. At this point, it is up to responsible authorities and all Malawians what to do with what in as much as the two sides is able to give facts not comments resulting from doubt.
Doubt was really at the centre of many reactions after Kalua was found at Kacha roundabout in Blantyre.
But doubt is not new. We have many examples even from the bible we hear of how some doubted real things.
Nonetheless, the same bible presents so many examples whereby people believed in false things simply because they could not doubt.
Looking at the whole scenario, I would suggest that everybody should be careful of preconceived ideas on the matter but rather, have an impartial view so as to let truth prevail.
NB. The views in this article are personal reflections and do not necessarily reflect those of Malawi News Hub. However, some facts are exact as presented by whosoever did so.