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18 independent members of Parliament join MCP

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By Faith Kadzanja:

Some 18 members of Parliament (MPs), who stood on an independent ticket in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, have rejoined Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Madalitso Kazombo, is among the MPs who have rejoined the party, which won 55 seats in the disputed May 21 Tripartite Elections against 62 for Democratic Progressive Party.

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United Democratic Front and UTM earned 10 and four, respectively. There were 192 seats up for grabs in the parliamentary race, with Alliance for Democracy and People’s Party getting one and five seats, respectively, and the rest being independents.

The 18 were received at a rally MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera held Sunday at Kaliyeka Primary School Ground in Lilongwe.

Chakwera said he would work with the MPs. He also urged people to be peaceful when demonstrating against results of the elections.

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“We wanted to thank members of Parliament, particularly those who have rejoined MCP. We wanted to make that public and we are also encouraging people not to break any property during demonstrations,” he said.

The rally started with a march by MCP youths from Mchesi Township to the actual venue, where MCP vice-president Sidik Mia and People’s Party president Joyce Banda were available.

Mia promised to be loyal to Chakwera, saying he was not moved by what people might say regarding their union.

Banda said she was surprised that people who claim to have won the elections failed to communicate to Malawians what they intend to do when elected into office.

MCP youth director, Richard Chimwendo Banda, told the rally that they had received communication from Human Rights Defenders Coalition that the anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations will be held on Friday and not Tuesday.

He urged the people to take part in the demonstrations.

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