Bishop Mtumbuka says ‘go ye and cast thy vote’: Dismisses election rigging fears

Catholic Diocese of Karonga chief shepherd, Bishop Martin Mtumbuka, has urged the faithful in the confines of his diocese to go and vote in large numbers, assuring them that no one should feed them with lies that the May 21 tripartite elections are going to be rigged.

Bishop Mtumbuka: It is  stupidity to think one can rig this year’s election

Mtumbuka said in his address at St Joseph the Worker cathedral parish, during the commemoration of St Joseph, the foster father of Jesus Christ, that there was nothing to fear about the rigging tantrums.

Said Mtumbuka: “It is  stupidity to think one can rig this year’s election. It is nonsense! Just go and vote because your vote is precious.”

According to Mtumbuka, there are measures Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has put in place that will make it utterly impossible for one to think they can rig the polls.

“We were briefed by MEC on how they have prepared for this year’s election. The preparations this year have never happened before in our history. There is, in short, no slightest chance of rigging. No way,” said Mtumbuka.

He added: “It is actually extremely counterproductive for politicians to say the election is going to be rigged. It will do you a lot of harm…because it is like you are telling the voters that there is no need for voting anyway as the election is going to rigged.”

Mtumbuka also advised congregants to be sober and rational when voting.

“Vote for those who are capable. Vote for those who can help.Don’t choose anyone simply because you have a right. Choose people with whom you will not regret in future,”advised Mtumbuka.

Meanwhile, several stakeholders including MEC officials, party representatives and officials from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Thursday  gathered at Comesa Hall in Blantyre which is the place for the main tally centre  where the electoral body is scheduled to conduct a dry run test for the May 21 Tripartite Elections results management system.

The exercise will be carried out as one way of detecting weaknesses in the system ahead of the polling day.

According to a statement from MEC released early this week , during the exercise polling staff and equipment will be placed in all the constituency tally centres and at the main tally centre in Blantyre.

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Dennis Bakomenge
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Dennis Bakomenge

Nyasa Times Reporter, next time you address the Bishop as:
“Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese” AND NOT AS, “Catholic Diocese of Karonga chief shepherd, Bishop Martin Mtumbuka”.

Ours is a Catholic Church and not a Pentecostal or Ministry.

Madala
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Madala

Dennis Bakomenge, you need to go back to Sunday school ( or whatever you call it in the Catholic church). The word “shepherd ” here is used in the context of any priest being a shepherd of God’s flock on earth. Jesus Himself said that He came on earth to be a shepherd of God’s flock. Your Pope Francis is a chief shepherd of the Catholic flock, if I may put it that way.

Muziwerenga Bible mofatsa, dad ( Paja akatolika muli ndi Bible lanulanu lolemba nokha eti? )

Liberator
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Liberator

Umhuuhhh!!

Denis Chavula
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Denis Chavula

Well done our Bishop, that’s talking. These gentlemen have to think even more than twice before coming up with such allegations otherwise they are acting like children. Just bcoz of that we can experience voter apathy them being the root cause.

mkhonde mwenecho
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mkhonde mwenecho

IT IS GOOD PIECE OF ADVICE AS A MAN OF GOD TELLING PEOPLE TO VOTE WISELY IN THE FORTHCOMING ELECTION, HOWEVER SOME PEOPLE HAVE FAILED TO CARRY OUT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO TRANSFORM OUR COUNTRY ECONOMICALLY,POLITICALLY AND SOCIALLY,NOW THEY ARE PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF DOOM THAT THE ELECTION WILL BE RIGGED TO SCARE PEOPLE WHO ARE READY TO VOTE OUT THE BOGUS AND CORRUPT GOVERNMENT