The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has claimed that governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is responsible to the arson at the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) warehouse in Lilongwe, destroying, among others, ballot boxes and election materials for the disputed Lilongwe City South East Constituency.
MCP spokeswoman told a news conference in Lilongwe that DPP were responsible in destroying the vote recount evidence since they were opposing to the recount.
Kabwila said MCP suspects foul play and blame DPP for being responsible.
“We are suspicious and believe DPP are responsible,” said Kabwila.
She said DPP blocked the presidential recount and then parliamentary recount for Lilongwe City South East because they could be exposed for being declared May 20 election winners illegally.
MCP monitor Thokozani Kanthiti and some security guards around the premises who witnessed the incident claimed about four people who allegedly identified themselves as DPP monitors went to the scene around midnight informing them that they were part of DPP monitors who wanted to help in guarding the ballot boxes.
Kanthiti and the guards, claimed one of the alleged arsonists claimed that he was from the National Intelligence Services (NIS).
The suspected arsonists jumped into a Toyota Carina with a red registration number plate and left the scene without being apprehended by the police who were guarding the warehouse.
MCP Director of Elections Joseph Njobvuyalema said in as far as the party is concerned, their candidate for Lilongwe City South East constituency Ulemu Msungama won the seat.
“At first, MEC announced that Msungama has won the elections but later, the same officials announced something else, that’s not on. When we were following the rule of law by seeking justice through the courts, our friends have burned the evidence and MEC calls that normal, that’s too bad,” said Njobvuyalema.
The presser was also attended by MCP MP for Dowa East Richard Kamwendo and Msungama himself.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :