Chakwera condemns political violence: ‘Maintain peace to build a better Malawi’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera, who is the torch bearer for Tonse Alliance in the coming fresh presidential elections, has condemned acts of violence that have rocked the political scene in the past few days.

Chakwera: For peaceful campaign
Part of the crowd at Namadidi
Part of the crowd at Namadidi

Chakwera was speaking to a mammoth of people during the Tonse Alliance rally at Namadidi in Zomba which also had Vice President Dr. Chilima and other alliance members in attendance.

“I learnt with shock about the incident which happened Thursday  in Phalombe where the State Vice president Dr Saulos Chilima was attacked. A similar incident also occurred in Liwonde where Daudi  Suleiman and team were also attacked.

“As a result of these two incidents, today [Saturday], there was also chaos in Mponela when MCP supporters blocked the road for Atupele Muluzi to pass through while going to his rallies. This is not the Malawi we wish for,” said Chakwera when addressing the gathering.

He condemned the political violence, saying leaders should not tolerate those cowardly attacks.

While acknowledging the anger which is there for Tonse Alliance followers due to DPP-UDF provocations, Chakwera appealed for peace from the camp.

“I know they are provoking you deliberately by attacking the Tonse Alliance leaders, but hear it from me, I want you all to maintain peace. An eye for an eye will leave us blind. If they come to conduct rallies, give them the chance. We are one Malawi with just different political ideologies. Let us not revenge the evils being done against, but embrace one another,” he said.

Earlier on Saturday, Atupele Muluzi accused Chakwera and his running mate  Chilima for orchestrating the political acts in Mponela which aimed to stop him from going to Kasungu, where he was to proceed to Mzuzu for DPP-UDF campaign.

The chaos in Mponela was described as a payback move by the followers of Tonse Alliance who were provoked when the state vice president Chilima was attacked in Phalombe where a UTM media vehicle was destroyed by suspected regime thugs.

The rally was  interrupted by rains which resulted to the cut of speeches.

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1 year ago

It took Apm And Atupele to speak for this coward to come out and condem violence? Zero leadership here. Nchifukwa amalira kuti where is Muntharika. Even he Chakwera needs to be led.

1 year ago

Achitsilu was, kumayankhula Lero chifukwa mwagendedwa? Where were you this whole year? Too little too late. Inu ndi ankhanza basi. Mr I will spill blood.

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
1 year ago

That’s the difference between our leaders, whilst the Tonse alliance leaders can condemn the violence perpetrated by their supporters the old senile APM can never do that because he is a bad loser who is still mourning the concourt and the Supreme Court rulings. To date APM has failed to condemn the petrol bombing of an innocent family in area 24, he has never condemned the msundwe rape and sexual assault and it is obvious that the smoke screen police investigation will never yield anything ……all he knows is inciting tribal divisions by talking about the msundwe chewas killing a… Read more »

1 year ago
Reply to  Mbonga Matoga

Chakwera has only spoken after Utm was stoned. All this time he was silence while Mcp and Hrdc caused violence for the whole year. This man is no leader. He thinks people are blind

Ntumbuka Ine
1 year ago

In Phalombe Zeze was stoned by disgruntled UTM thugs who felt cheated by him. And the violence in Mponela yesterday was planned, sponsored and executed by the ex-reverend Lezala Nyolonyo and the musketeer Zeze Arafat. This duo of idiots should stop telling us garbage.

2020 BOMA
2020 BOMA
1 year ago

That’s leadership we need Dr Lazarous Chakwera you have my vote come June 23

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