Dausi denies DPP intimidating chiefs in by-election: ‘It’s MCP’s hallucination’

Malawi government spokesperson, who is also minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi  has denied reports that chiefs  are  facing intimidation, threats and  harassment by government and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) senior officials ahead of the October 17 by elections.

Dausi: It is mere fallacy

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has been complaining that chiefs are being intimidated to facilitate electoral fraud for DPP in the byelections.

The chiefs have also revealed that in Lilongwe Msozi North, DPP vice president (central region) Hetherwick Ntaba is intimidating them to mobilise their subjects to vote for a ‘DPP candidate’ or else be fired after the by-elections if the ruling party loses.

The situation is the same in in NsanjeLalanje constituency  where on Friday during a political debate for the parliamentary aspirants organised by the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust at Bangula Primary School ground in the district, the matter was revealed.

Some participants during the debate revealed that there were certain chiefs who were instructing their subjects to vote for a DPP candidate.

But government spokesman Dausi described the allegations as incorrect and misleading.

“I can state with full certainty that there is no intimidation. Those reports are unfortunate and incorrect,” said Dausi.

“The truth is that every person is free to campaign and choose whoever they want. That is the democracy Malawi embraced, and we are encouraging it,” said Dausi.

He said the allegations are “mere hallucinations” by MCP because they fear defeat.

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah, who was present at the event, said the commission has not received any complaint regarding the issue, saying they deal  with complaints “ when they have been lodged.”

Nice Trust has since condemned the reports, saying the development was not in tandem with democratic principles and values.

“In a democratic society, people are free to participate in the electoral process peacefully, without any fear and intimidation until they vote for a candidate of their choice.

“We urge traditional leaders who are doing that to stop as that violates the right of people to choose a candidate of their choice. We also ask the electorate to report such cases to relevant authorities, even informing Nice, as it is a recipe for violence,” said Kondwani Malunga, Nice Trust civic education officer for Nsanje.

The parliamentary by-elections will be held in: Lilongwe Msozi North Constituency, Lilongwe City South East Constituency and Nsanje Lalanje Constituency while the local council by-elections will be held in Mayani North Ward in Dedza North Constituency, Mtsiliza Ward in Lilongwe City West Constituency and Ndirande Makata Ward in Blantyre Malabada Constituency.

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vituar
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kankhope kuchita kuwonetsa dyela. Muzazisiya.Tikukuwonani. Mwayesa ife zitsiru muzitibela nkumatinamiza. Fotsekiii.

Watipa
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DPP yapenga misala ndi the anointed MCP

santana
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Mr nkatanala, instead of giving Chakwera a winning strategy in 2019 you are wasting your time and energy with obscene words here. This platform is free, why don’t you utilize it to convince voters voting for Chakwera in 2019 kuti mwina MCP ipumeko kukhala ku opposition. Mukanachiverako chisoni chipanichi kuti chakhalitsa pa Leader of Opposition. Simukuwathandizatu a Rev. mapeto ake abwereranso ku ubusa kuti akalape pothawa ntchito ya Ambuye.

Zachamba
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Power is finally slipping out of dpp’s hands. the writing is on the wall.

Gogodasi
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Wa payoniya ntchito yake ndi kukana zomwe wachita. Do you remember how he refuted the issue of former Attorney General, Kaphale. He refuted the story on MBC , the next day Kaphale was out of office because they didn’t renew his contract. I believe the reason for not renewing the contract is not underperformance, but wina ulova unamutakata ndiye amafuna amupatse ntchito chifukwa ndi wao. Kaphale is an intelligent man, you cant bring him down, no matter what you do to frustrate him. Look now is back making more money as a practising Lawyer – you were actually wasting his… Read more »
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why didnt Ntaba refute himself?

nkatanala
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nkhope ngati maujeni a Dausi musatinyasepo apa ndi ma words anuwo. fokofu

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