Lilongwe Mpenu residents ignore voter registration, go for gold mining

Pollster Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) officials have complained that people of Lilongwe Mpenu are ignoring the ongoing voter registration exercise in preference for gold mining in the area of chief Mazengera’s area just three days before the closure of the registration in the district.

Some of the miners at the gold site

Chief elections officer for MEC Sam Alufandika said just half of the projected voters have so far registered, raising fears that a few people will be eligible for voting on May 21, 2019 during the tripartite elections.

Chairman of MEC Jane Ansah expressed worry that very few people are registering in the area.

“We are doing all we can to encourage people to go and register but looks like all what they are interested is to do gold mining in the area and make money,” she said.

She said MEC has embarked on massive voter education exercise in the area to woo people to go and register as there are only a few days left before the registration closes.

“Eight centres have been affected. We are telling them to go and register but looks like they are busy with their mining,” she said.

Energy, Mining and Natural Resources spokesperson Sangwani Phiri said the ministry officials will visit the area to find out if what the people are mining is real gold.

“What we know is that they are mining some small stones. Well, will go there to find out what is happening but we have not given them permission to mine anything,” said Phiri.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and his deputy Sidik Mia has been up and down in Lilongwe urging people to go and register ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections.

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Kalekeni Kanene
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Kalekeni Kanene

Kani ZAMAZAMA ikuchitikans ku Malawi?

Humble man
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Anthu ukumba gold angamaoneke osauka chonchi

Achimidzimidzi
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Achimidzimidzi

I can not see any thing like gold. koma atolankhani inu!.

mesimadzi
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mesimadzi

Just go and open a registration centre ku dambwe komweko. Munthu wa nyau simungamuthe, ndi wamakani zedi.

Zuze
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Zuze

Kusowa nkhani. Pali anthu angati pamemepa?

BigMan
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BigMan

Malawi, no controls whatsoever. Where are the authorities to stop this illegal mining activity? Just sitting Phwii in your offices complaining about late fuel and accommodation allowances basi.

mtete
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Zitsilu za anthu.But is the reporter not making mountain out of a mole hill? How many people in the constituency are engaged in gold mining?

Nanunso a Ku M’mwera. You think all who will register are for the thieving DPP, stupid UDF or useless PP? You are in for a big surprise.

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
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MEC will always make sure that in all the opposition strongholds people are defranchised so that DPP can have an upper hand. This is deliberate and I guess the Commissioners have been promised big. This is exactly what Bingu did in 1999 when DPP won with a land slide some MEC staff was rewarded with diplomatic posts like Nankwenya and Bandawe while others like Lipenga was given the post of Director of Broadcasting at MACRA.

Bishop Msusa
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Apa ndiye ife a DPP plus UDF tidzawinadi shuwa. Atumbukanu yang’anani Afford. Siyani kudzikonda. Siyani kukangana nokhanokha.

Zisiyeni nyau za MCP zizidzola matopewo.

KATANGALE BOMA ILI
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KATANGALE BOMA ILI

racism si ndiye imeneyo abwana… malawi ndi mmodzi tiyeni tikondane

pathfinder
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pathfinder

Sorry anzathu a MCP ife kummwera tikalembetsa mwa unyinji ndikukabvotera wathunso mwa unyinji. Atumbuka chipani chanu cha aford ndiye dzikhalirani kukangana chomwecho anthu a chisokonezo inu

CHILIMA 2019 BOMAAAAAAAAAAAA
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CHILIMA 2019 BOMAAAAAAAAAAAA

Shame on you pathfinder who always thinks of regionalism mbuzi mnthu okanika who is always bringing Malawi back

luvo
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luvo

zoona Pathfinder,atumbuka anagulitsa chipani chawo cha afford kwa muluzi.Muluzi amawagula atumbuka 5 for 1 kwacha kkkkkkkkk

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