MCP primary polls end in chaos, officials run for their lives in Dedza

A house is said to have been destroyed whilst vehicles were destroyed on Wednesday forcing main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) officials run for their lives in Dedza north where the party wanted to impose an incumbent member of parliament on the people.

MCP members at the primary elections

Credible sources say the party came to Dedza to impose Patrick Chilondola, a close ally and confidante of party president Lazarus Chakwera but people wanted their own preferred candidate a Mr. Kafwafwa.

Chilondola came with people in trucks whom the people said were ferried from Mchinji and Lilongwe in order to vote for him but people were angry with the “rigging” and stoned the party officials who had come to conduct the elections.

MCP officials were reluctant to comment on the matter but sources who went there said the angry MCP supporters have destroyed Chilondola’s house in the area.

Political commentators have faulted the MCP for its tendency of imposing candidates on the people, saying this time around, the party will pay the price with the coming in of the vibrant opposition on the political scene, the United Transformation Movement (UTM).

Thoughtful political commentator Humphrey Mvula said the MCP has made a political mistake by holding the primary elections earlier than other parties, saying the losers would likely defect to other parties.

MCP has forced all the candidates who are participating in the primary elections to sign a pact so that they do not  to defect to other parties   but Mvula said the document is not legally binding and can be challenged as it is against the tenets of freedom of association enshrined in the Republican Constitution.

At least 10 people were injured during the fracas and were  rushed to hospital after the party unilaterally declared winner in the primary polls.

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James Banda
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James Banda

I think Malawians we are slowly becoming a violent people. There many incidents where people have resorted to became violent on many issues. What is the point of destroying vehicles and houses? if you do not like the candidate make up your mind and not vote for him/her. There are many MPS who are in parliament as independents. I think the destroying of vehicles and houses have nothing to do with politics, but Nsanje a Malawi.

Nzika
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Nzika

Good observation and advice

Vison
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Vison

You are right.

GONANI
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GONANI

Stop it, M C P! Stop it, and stop it now! We love you and we don’t want disastrous results in 2019 elections.

kaitano
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kaitano

I dont think L Chakwera knows what is happening.

Nako
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Nako

The guy knows and supports this kind of politics. He is a failed politician.

pathfinder
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pathfinder

kkkkkkkk kaya musova a tambala wakuda. Koma busy kulodza chala anzanu mabvuto anu ali a chikhalire. Ine ndimadabwatu, MCP kukhala democratic hahahahaha ndiye nkhumbanso imela mapikotu. Ndiye anthu otelewan atenge boma? Koto ine malawi wanga, kangotsala kanthawi pang’ono muonanso true color yo UTM, paja ndinakupatsani five months kuchokera pa msonkhano wao wa ku masintha

jokes on you
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UTM BOMA

Uncle Pumbwa
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Uncle Pumbwa

MCP will come third in this race. They lack imaginative thinking. They can’t change with changing times. For them it is the same politics even with an impending danger from UTM.

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

MCP will never be democratic. Look at how an outsider, Mia, was imposed. Chakwera wants to run MCP like he ran the Church. There is no democracy in MCP DNA.

gwenenthe mwale
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gwenenthe mwale

stop and do not try again this stupid exercise. mukufuna mudzaluzenso eti. lolani anthu asankhe munthu wakumtima kwawo. nyimbo ya ATIBELA tinatopa nayo. bravo dedza north members chipani mwachikondadi

Kibaki
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Kibaki

This is unfortunate. MCP stop this please. let pple choose their preferred.

Kanganiwamba
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Kanganiwamba

I don’t like this abit. You mean MCP still wants to be imposing candidates even with the clear danger from the likes of UTM? You folks will lose terribly if this stupidity is left unchecked.

Zandiwawa
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Zandiwawa

You are right my friend this is a terrible situation to our party MCP please please check this

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