UPDATED: Mob vandalise MEC commissioner Rev Mgawi’s residence: Vote protestors went berserk

An angry mob on Friday  vandalised  a residence of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioner the Very Reverend Killion Mgawi at Nkhoma in Lilongwe during the Anti-Jane Ansah protests.

Anti-Ansah demo turned ugly in Rumphi and Chitipa where government and private companies were targeted and torched
Rev Mgawi residence was attacked

The mob vandalised after looting some of the property in the residence.

The  attack of Mgawi’s residence on Friday came on a day the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) sanctioned peaceful protests across the country to force MEC chairperson Jane Ansah resign from her position following messy presidential poll results.

However, protest organisers have since distanced themselves from the torching and looting of houses or shops, saying the law should catch up with the perpetrators.

Earlier, the angry mob blocked the road near Nathenje and demanded money of up to K4, 000 to motorists on the road.

A journalist who resides at Nkhoma mission of the CCAP said the mob had earlier been stoning some houses at the mission headquarters and chanted songs against Mgawi.

They were also demanding that Mgawi should be transferred from Nkhoma

There was no immediate comment from Mgawi or the police.

Demo ugly scenes were also reported in the northern region districts of  Rumphi and Chitipa where government and private companies were targeted and torched.

Northern region police publicist Peter Kalaya said four people have been arrested fo far in Rumphi where some protesters tried to break into Chipiku Stores, forcing police to use teargas to disperse the crowd.

In Chitipa,  police publicist Gladwell Simwaka confirmed the damages at Chipuku, Kulima Gold, Farmers World, but also stoned and broke glasses for the Old Chamber at the DCs office which houses Sports, Community Development as well as Labour offices.

MEC declared President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) winner of the presidential race in the May 21 Tripartite Elections with 1 940 709 votes or 38.57 percent.

He was trailed by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera with 1 781 740 votes (35.41 percent) while Chilima came third with 1 018 369 votes or 20.24 percent.

Chilima and Chakwera since filed petitions in court seeking nullification of the results over alleged irregularities. The Constitutional Court is set to start hearing the case on July 29.

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Mwini. Dimba
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Mwini. Dimba

MCP yadzikumbila Manda.

Anyone apaphata
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Anyone apaphata

Don’t mislead people. Lilongwe rural started kale Zake before MA demo a official. Lilongwe rural started soon after kulengeza. This is different from the cso demos. These are very angry people. These are the ones to fear. Their hearts are full of sadness and betrayal. They need handling with care. It doesn’t help either that this family has been linked with witchcraft issues in the past.

Jojo
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Jojo

Rubish. Why is it that the destruction is happening every time there are these demos?

Joloza
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Hold the organisers accountable for damage of property. They are irresponsible. They are running away from responsibity. They have miserably failed to control their followers. They are incompetent in organising peaceful demos. Ban them. Ufulu uwu wakanika waonetsa kuti ulibe udindo.

kanchenga
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kanchenga

Rubbish This is what you get when you dine wih the devil and Mgawi being a man of God knows that sin has its pay day and it’s not a good pay day. May be through it all he will learn to trust in God and not policemen who have obviously failed him. Repent Reverend and get you peace back. You and me know that God is saying something or don’t you think Reverend.

Chitolerapapo
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Chitolerapapo

These post election demonstrations are becoming unpopular to many peace loving Malawians. What are we going to achieve by destroying properties of the innocent pastor. God is watching you. Very soon people will fight the organizers of demonstrations. Small business are badly affected by demos, because people are forced to close shops or risk their shops looted if opens on demo day.and yet their businesses are financed by borrowed money from lending institutions. Do you think are these people going to service their loans when their shop are closed 4 days in week. Trade carefully bwana Mtambo & chilima

kanchenga
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kanchenga

Or do you think it’s funny when we are heavily taxed to the point that we close shop completely just because the stupid government cannot reinvest the tax money into supporting the local businesses and offering contracts to foreigners of Asian orgin. Ohoo no boy we wiĺl fight this war to the end. We will suffocate these businesses so that they can not make money to support these thieves. No tax from these businesses to help run this stupid government or pay you mr cadets. We know what we are doing. No business no tax no money to steal. As… Read more »

Then go
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Then go

Chicken brain

Jojo
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Jojo

Good questions. And does MCP think these people will vote for them again even if we have rerun?

Che Peter
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This nosence has gone on for far too long. The organisers must bear all the costs. Without them the mobs will not be there. There is no humanity in the organisers minds. Pure greed and selfishness. They must be punished. Let the law of the land take its course.

kanchenga
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kanchenga

You lie easily my fellow Malawian. May be it’s because you have been living a lie all along.Sin my friend has it’s pay day and it’s not a good pay day. Remember God uses the insignificant people in his plans. These people you call mobs could we be the massagers of change. Moses a murderer lead Israelis into Canaan. Paul the persecutor of Christians became the greatest apostle.

Amos wa pickup
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Amos wa pickup

Paja boma limalipira munthu otereyi. Mulli wapasidwa K3 billion kwacha. Awanso atong’oleledwe

Coolman
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Coolman

People are angry do you think angapange ma demo mwa bata?

Jamax
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Jamax

Shame on you Trapence and Mtambo oneday you shall be accountable for all these damages you are doing with your robbers!!!

chakwana chakwana
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chakwana chakwana

aphwanye kumene ndiye demoyo amangila ndalama zimene analandila fro peter and his dpp crew zazing’ono izi. If demonstrations are peaceful then then auzeni angelezi asinthe dzinali. More fire guys

Favour of Yahweh
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The marks of a beast of MCP is manifesting. This is what was happening in Kamuzu era, it is still manifesting now. People should not take this as ordinary demo, but should tighten their belts, The for devil has find room and people to use. Don’t forget that the will of the devil is to steal, kill and destroy. The devil want to do that and if Malawians will entertain this, the country will pay its price. As you celebrate this evil works , think of your families and children, think of your jobs. We saw how our brethren in… Read more »

Good & Patriotic Citizen
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Good & Patriotic Citizen

I am against the destruction of peoples property. But am not against the Demos. I wish protestors should target Mutharika, Jane Ansah and Commissioners properties. These are the thieves we are dealing with and owners of different shops. Jane Ansah, if you had a heart you could have listened to the voice of us Malawians. I don’t know the kind of demon that has entered you that you can’t even see that the nation is at standstill because of you. AS for Mutharika, I think you just need to confess and repent before God. It seems you are at the… Read more »