The United States and British Governments have agreed with Malawi’s leader of oppositive and MCP President Lazarus Chakwera on the need to have a free and fair elections in the forthcoming by-elections and that all the parties should leave the candidates to contest freely.
The US and UK sentiments comes following a letter which Chakwera wrote to the country’s donors seeking their intervention following the alleged death threats from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on the MCP candidate for Nsanje Lalanje, Lawrence Sitolo.
The two donor countries expressed their concerns in a brief joint statement signed by Malawi’s U.S. Ambassador Virginia Palmer and UK High Commissioner Holly Tett.
Reads the statement: “Malawi’s democratic record is a model for Africa and beyond. As Malawi’s development partners, we support Malawi’s preparations for another round of democratic elections (by-elections and general elections in 2019), a core component of which are free and fair campaigns. We urge all parties to respect the rights of their opponents to stand for election and campaign freely.”
Chakwera, in his letter expressed fears that the behavior of the DPP threatens to lead the country into anarchy and civil war.
The letter was sent to the United States Embassy, Germany Embassy, European Union, British High Commission and the United Nations.
Chakwera indicated that the MCP candidate, Sitolo, is living dangerously as he is receiving threats from the ruling party claiming that DPP top brass are persuading Sitolo to receive K100 million and withdraw his MCP membership.
He further said the ruling party wants him to contest as an independent candidate or even withdraw from the race altogether to get a diplomatic posting and K50 million cash with further information indicating that Sitolo has also been promised an MP’s salary and related benefits by the DPP led government if he does not contest.
Chakwera mentioned senior DPP members who contacted Sitolo who include Leston Mulli, Noel Masangwi, DPP regional governor for the South Charles Mchacha and strongman Kondwani Nankhumwa who is also cabinet minister and leader of government business in Parliament.
“Hon. Sitolo has recordings of the phone conversations with these people,” says Chakwera in the letter.
The MCP president asked the diplomatic community to condemn the actions of DPP in the strongest terms saying he is seriously concerned about the threat.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :