By Jameson Chauluka:
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has challenged the police to arrest Minister of Homeland Security, Nicholas Dausi, for allegedly torching Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Warehouse in Lilongwe in 2014, as revealed by State Vice-President and UTM leader Saulos Chilima recently.
MCP director of campaign, Moses Kunkuyu, made the call during a press briefing Thursday in Blantyre.
“Memories are still fresh of vote recount demands that parties, including MCP, made that time. The DPP, which had President Peter Mutharika and his vice Dr Chilima on a ballot, vehemently turned down such calls, further raising eyebrows by well-meaning Malawians,” he said.
But National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, said he was yet to see the statement which MCP issued, saying he would comment on the matter once he gets hold of the copy.
Kunkuyu also gave Chilima seven days to give Malawians a detailed account of what happened in 2014 regarding the torched warehouse.
He said Chilima’s revelations speak loudly of how leaders of the current administration messed up with the 2014 polls to get into power, saying Malawians might not have chosen them to govern.
He urged Mec to take Chilima’s revelations seriously and make sure that, this time around, Malawians are accorded an opportunity to choose a government of their choice.
“There are already fears of vote rigging fuelled by Dr. Chilima and his boss President Mutharika as they continue accusing each other on this. It is, surely, the wish of any sane citizen that the coming polls be fair, credible and free from violence,” he said.
Addressing whistle-stop rallies in Chitipa and Rumphi on Tuesday, Chilima alleged that DPP supporters, led by Dausi, torched the Mec warehouse in 2014.
Chilima also implicated DPP in a break-in at Mec regional offices in Lilongwe where closed circuit television equipment was reportedly stolen.
But speaking to Times in an earlier interview, Dausi said Chilima should take such information to police and not a political podium.
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