Chakwera’s ‘civil disobedience’ uncalled for as MCP’s Capital Hill raid condemned: Priest for ceasefire

The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera is facing strong condemnation after his supporters were organised and sponsored to  disrupt  government business at Capital Hill as they raided the seat of government on Tuesday to protest against alleged fraud in elections last month that returned Peter Mutharika as president.

MCP cadres terrorise Capital Hill in electoral results protest

Chakwera is on record to have warned ‘bloodshed’ as he  claims he won the presidential election despite the Malawi Electoral commission’s official declaration that President Mutharika was the victor.

Hundreds of MCP protesters swarmed into ministerial and civil servant offices marched from their party  headquarters to Capital Hill, the seat of the Malawi government, chanting anti-Mutharika slogans and demanded everyone to leave office.

The MCP says it will “swear in”  Chakwera as alternative president.

“People are demanding that Chakwera, who won the elections, must be sworn in as the president,” said  Eliah Kamphinda-Banda who took part in the  Tuesday’s march, dubbed: “For Malawi to rise, Mutharika must fall”.

However,  the conduct of MCP supporters at Capital Hill has been roundly condemned as “tantamount to taking the law into own hands” with a case pending in court.

Chakwera has been urged to  urge party’s supporters to desist from engaging in “mob justice” tactics  that may have the potential to erode the very public sympathy needed in such causes.

MCP leadership and supporters have been advised  to allow the wheels of justice to freely spin in their pursuit for justice.

Government has since  warned MCP that the rule of law will take its course should party cadres continue to disturb government business at Capital Hill.

In a statement made available to Nyasa Times, chief secretary to the government Lloyd Muhara says Capital Hill will now be safeguarded by all means so that people are not denied public services.

“All civil servants are therefore being called upon to continue discharging their duties normally from their offices,” says the press release.

On Tuesday, civil servants at Capital Hill were forced out of their offices by MCP cadres who invaded the seat of government, saying the civil servants were working for an illegal government.

Civil servants Trade Union (CSTU) has also condemned the picketing action done to civil servants at Capital Hill by the MCP cadres.

“Civil Servants Trade Union wishes to inform the general public that civil servants are not elected employees and they don’t practice politics at any level,” says the CSTU general secretary Madalitso Njolomole.

Njolomole says civil servants serve the government of the day and Malawians at large

In Blantyre, a priest of the influential Catholic Church, Father George Kaliati has asked the opposition to acknowledge President Mutharika win.

“Let us end these hostilities. We all have responsibilities to develop our nation. In any race, there can only be one winner and God has given us Mutharika,” said Kaliati, who is the priest for St Pius Parish in Blantyre.

The priest  said God had a purpose for Mutharika to manage the country’s affairs for the next five years.

“Malawians voted for him again,” he said in his homily last Sunday.

Chakwera has rejected the outcome of the presidential elections as “daylight robbery” and launched a court battle to have the result annulled on the grounds of fraud.

Last week, police used teargas to disperse Chakwera supporters gathered outside the party headquarters.

The MCP has said there was correction fluid on some election results sheets while others some from polling stations far apart bore the same handwriting.

Protesters carried placards reading “DPP out”, “Mutharika stole the election” and “who supplied tippex”, in reference to the correction fluid allegedly used to alter voting sheets.

Third-placed presidential contender Saulos Chilima has also alleged “serious anomalies” in the poll.

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Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Agenda setting theory mautu awa
Ambili timangokhamukila zosazidziwa mitu pomwe yacokera. I hope pitala amaidziwa bwino nkhani ya cilembwe

John Maweche
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John Maweche

Inu a priest a Catholic, you are more worse than Jane Ansah, keep quiet coz you don’t know what you are saying. You don’t have moral values and I doubt which GOD do you serve……

Tipp-Ex President
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Iiwe Peace Iwe, Ukukhala kuchimdzi kwake kuti kumene sukudziwa mpaka lero ku Madam Madando nd chibwenzi Peter? Nde munthu angalore chibwenzi chake chiluze zoona ??????

Mazira a Nkhunda
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Guys, everyone has a right to express his interests. Father Kaliati is a human being and he can also sin. That’s why we witness so many adulterous children in these locations produced by fathers like him. Another good example is the killing of albino boy which was facilitated by the Priest like Kaliati. This issue of saying lets move on with Muntharika is rather stupid and from today NO ONE MUST PRODUCE THESE ABUSIVE WORDS. We will strike and strike until we see the brightness of the moon in the dark edge.

Councellor
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Councellor

My Good Friend Mazira a Nkhunda,
If you are a Catholic, I mean a TRUE Catholic, go and revisit your PIETA and read what it says about who a Priest is, what role he plays in this world and what would follow anybody who condemns He who gives people the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Christus Rex miserere nobis!

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Why do you think we have Chilembwe on our banknotes? is it because he preached a beautiful ceremony? It is because he stood against injustice against his people. He even sent his man to steal guns and chop off the head of Livingstone.

Tsamba Likagwa
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Tsamba Likagwa

Don Dada are you living in Malawi. Iwe sunamve kuti I, ………..declare Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika the winner

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

God did not vote in this election, Malawians did, therefore it is a lie that God has chosen for us Mutharika

allan
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allan

How sure are for what you are saying?

Innoxy
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Innoxy

MCP must proceed till malawians know the truth.FARTHER GEORGE KALIATI pamtumbo pako mwana wa satana iwe kunyenga anthu mbuzi yachabechabe.Ukalalikire amako wamva mbuzi iwe???.Mulungu angasankhe munthu wakupha maalobino nyani iwe, fuck you!!!….

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Office of President is at Capital Hill & monies for iligitiment President are prepared by Min of Finance both at Capital Hill, MCP has to stop this government from serving Tippex President & a Kaliati nanu anthu azingobvomera ndizobera zomwe coz amawina ndi m’modzi ai enough is enough atiberenso ndalama zathu for the next 5yrs? Mota Engil ipitirize kutchaja thumba la cement K75,000? Ai ai ai takana a Malawi.

Bonney Phiri
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Bonney Phiri

Munthu oponya voti azimva kuwawa akamaberedwa moti ndilipambuyo pawo ndine owawidwa mtima kwambiri ndizimene wapanga Ansah kupangira Malawi watisaukitsa kwambiri

Peace
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Peace

Ifetu tikuti Dr. Jane Ansah anakhoza chifukwa ambirife tinavotera APM kuti awine, nde anawina!
Iwetu mtima ukuwawe, unavota kuipa… mbola! Ukhala choncho!

Kelly
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Kelly

wadya zambiri zakuba peace thats why u voted for your fellow thief. Shame on you for selling your mother Malawi