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By Taonga Sabola, Jameson Chauluka & Samuel Kalimira:

CHAKWERA—I will bring servant leadership

Malawi Congress Party president, who is also Tonse Alliance torchbearer at the forthcoming presidential election, Lazarus Chakwera, has warned against disrespecting the rule of law and corruption which he said have squeezed the nation for too long.

Chakwera addressed a rally at Chinkhoma Ground in Kasungu District where he said time has come for Malawians to unite so that they start pulling the country in the direction of prosperity.

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He claimed that corruption is so rampant in the government that it is very difficult for someone to be awarded a contract without offering kickbacks to authorities.

“I will bring to Malawi servant leadership and not leadership that oppresses the electorate,” Chakwera said.

He also urged the youth to reject being used for political violence but engage in productive activities such as entrepreneurship.

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The Tonse Alliance torchbearer added if given the mandate to rule this country at the fresh presidential election, his government will rehabilitate the M1 Road whose certain stretches have become death traps due to lack of maintenance.

At a separate political rally which he addressed at St Augustine III Ground in Mangochi, State Vice- President Saulos Chilima, who is also Chakwera’s running mate in the fresh presidential election, has asked Parliament to facilitate the process of endorsing June 23 as polling day.

Chilima said the country stands to be in a serious leadership crisis if the 150 days elapse on July 3 without holding the fresh presidential election.

“Members of Parliament are duty bound to set the date. The fresh presidential election is in the best interest of Malawians who are here and all over the country. We need to have a president who is preferred by the majority of Malawians because that is what the laws of Malawi say,” Chilima said.

He then challenged President Peter Mutharika to respect the rule of law in as far as preparations for the fresh election are concerned.

Chilima also condemned protests which took place in the district ahead of the rally, saying Mangochi must be a peaceful town which everyone should be free to visit as it is tourist destination.

“No matter how much we hate each other; no matter how much we stone each other in the name of religion, the challenges which the country is facing will not go away. No leader should come and divide us because we have one flag which is the flag of Malawi,” he said.

Meanwhile, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front Alliance running mate, Atupele Muluzi, has urged Malawians to vote for Mutharika during the fresh election, saying the current administration is already implementing various development projects in the country.

According to Muluzi, the Water Supply Development Initiative which the DPP-led administration is implementing in Nkhata Bay is enough proof to people in the district that Mutharika loves them.

He was speaking during a tour that he conducted in the Northern Region lakeshore district after officially switching on Malawi Rural Electrification Project electricity in some areas of Rumphi, Karonga and Nkhata Bay.

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