Leader of opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has accused Malawi Police for showing their “unprofessional conduct” and partisan by blocking his party supporters from entering Parliament Building premises to escort three newly elected Members of Parliament for a swearing in ceremony.
Police mounted make-shifts road blocks in the Capital blocking MCP supporters clad in their party colours from escorting the newly elected legislatures to Parliament.
The MPs are Lawrence Sitolo (Nsanje Lalanje), Sosten Gwengwe Lilongwe Msozi North) and Ulemu Msungama (Lilongwe City South).
They arrived at Parliament building aboard an opened-topped Axa double-deck shuttle which they rode from Bunda Turn-Off passing through Lilongwe City enroute to Parliament.
“I am not happy with the conduct of Malawi Police, why blocking people who were just escorting their MPs in this Chamber, I have been waiting for almost long time but was briefed that there are roadblocks all over. Why blocking people going to their work, this is shameful to our democracy, they should stop intimidating our members,” said Chakwera at Parliament building.
Chakwera said the 5- 1 by-elections win for MCP against governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) – which only managed to win Mayani ward – is a manifestation that Malawians have hope in his party.
The new MCP legislators, who were sworn in by Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, have since pledged to work hard to better lives of people in their constituencies.
The Chief Justice said their election means the citizens have hope in them and they should strive to protect and defend the Constitution.
MCP supporters in their large numbers gathered outside Parliament building, chanting and dancing as their MPs were taking oaths.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :