THYOLO-As the 2019 general elections are fast approaching, women in Thyolo Central Constituency have unanimously agreed to vote against Ben Phiri, who is also the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) operations director, saying the aspirant lacks manners in as far Malawian culture is concerned.
The stand taken by Thyolo women comes few days after Phiri made derogatory remarks against the former first lady Patricia Shanil Dzimbiri during a DPP rally in Balaka.
Phiri told the gathering in the constituency where Dzimbiri is seeking a second parliamentary term that the former legislator had her marriage broken with former President Bakili Muluzi because she is not satisfactory in bed.
Reacting, women in the constituency Phiri is vying for parliamentary seat have said will unleash their sincere anger on 21st May, arguing they cannot trust a person who demeans women in public in the 21st century.
“Phiri wants to take Malawians backward. It is very unfortunate that as Malawi and the world in general is striving for gender balance and equality in different areas, we have other men like Ben Phiri who are still living in medieval era. There is no way a normal woman can vote for such individuals.
“Here in Thyolo central constituency we will send a strong message to Malawians who hold similar mentality by voting against Ben Phiri, and his loss will a lesson for him to start respecting women,” said one of the women who identified herself as Patricia Luwi.
However, Phiri made an apology through a statement released on Friday but the former first lady has rejected the apology, demanding Phiri to hold another rally in the constituency and withdraw his slurs.
Meanwhile, former president Joyce Banda has penned Phiri on the same.