MCP shuts down Karonga NRB offices over ‘bogus’ voter registration

National Registration Bureau (NRB) offices in Karonga have been indefinitely closed after its officers were accused of siding with aspiring UTM Party candidate Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo by registering minors who are set to vote for him in the November 10 by-election.

Mwenifumbo: UTM candidate

On Tuesday, supporters—most minors— allegedly belonging to Mwenifumbo’s rival Leonard Mwalwanda of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) were ferried to Karonga NRB district offices where they demanded that they be registered.

According to MCP district chairperson, Emmanuel Nkhoma, the closure of the offices  should be blamed on NRB officials in the district.

Nkhoma claims that the officials have been favoring UTM’s Mwenifumbo by allowing him to register minors from his fold.

Said Nkhoma: “Yes, we have forced the closure of the NRB office. Why should they register minors from the Mwenifumbo stronghold areas only? It is unacceptable. We have taken the matter to the relevant authorities.”

NRB officer for Karonga, Clement Chunga said “we decided to close the office in order to bring peace.”

Said Chunga: “We denied to register the ferried people after they failed to follow the officers’ advice to bring proper documentation from their traditional chiefs to prove their eligibility. We actually asked them to come tomorrow [Wednesday] so they could be assisted.”

Chunga admitted that the Bureau was being accused of favoring Mwenifumbo which “is untrue.”

But on Tuesday, MCP officials led by Nkhoma invaded the district NRB office and forced them to close it.

“We have referred the issue to the region. However, the development has affected our operations as it is denying others their right to register,” said Chunga.

Mwenifumbo on his part said he has not heard  of any such development as he was busy on the ground and distanced himself from Nkhoma’s accusation that he was forcing minors to register.

Social commentator Jackson Msiska has since said Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) should just stop the exercise and follow the system it used in the 2020 presidential elections where only voters who participated in the 2019 tripartite elections allowed to vote.

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mtete
mtete
1 month ago

We all know Mwenifumbo will use every trick in the book to win as he has done time and again. Not being an MP hurts him.

Money first
Money first
1 month ago

Chakwera ndi chilima akumwa tea wamkaka limodzi inu mungokangana za ziii. Speculation basi, how sure are you that the people who registered were minors? Angonde mwavutikatu kulimbilana ochewa

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Augustine Chokani Jnr
Augustine Chokani Jnr
1 month ago

Frank Mwenifumbo is a man of integrity and honour. It is beyond imagination that Mwenifumbo would engage in any underhand activities. These accusations against Mwenifumbo are the work of MCP now supported by evil genius of violence Enoch Chihana and Green Mwamondwe. Enoch knows about violence as he has a PhD in violence.

Kenamu
Kenamu
1 month ago

MCP president will not enjoy his tenure if he continues with the Tonse phenomenon. The Tonse Alliance is being dominated by Chilima who, in whatever case, wants to become the next president

BigMan
BigMan
1 month ago
Reply to  Kenamu

Stop barking!

Nyong'omele
Nyong'omele
1 month ago
Reply to  Kenamu

Actually,that is what they agreed

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