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FIRED UP—Jeffrey during the demonstrations

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has said it is ready to face any electoral alliance during the May 19 2020 fresh presidential election.

DPP Secretary General, Grelzedar Jeffrey, made the remarks in Mangochi District Tuesday during the party’s latest round of demonstrations in protest against the Constitutional Court ruling, which nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election.

She said DPP is aware that MCP and UTM want to form an alliance to oust President Peter Mutharika but the governing party is ready to prevail through the ballot.

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“We are not afraid of your alliance. Both Chilima [Saulos] and Chakwera [Lazarus] come from Lilongwe and we will pounce on them together. Let us all go and register so that we must vote for our beloved President,” Jeffrey said.

She said the demonstrations are an indication that DPP and its leader, Mutharika, have a large following.

The Mangochi demonstrations were attended by supporters and officials from DPP alliance partners, United Democratic Front (UDF).

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“We are demonstrating because we know that our President won the May 21 election,” Jeffrey said.

She told the gathering that UDF and DPP alliance is meant to restore justice and democracy in the country.

DPP senior officials such as Cabinet ministers Mark Botomani (Information) and William Susuwele Banda (Education) attended the demonstrations.

In his remarks, UDF Regional Governor, Abdul Nkata, said the party is ready to work with DPP to garner support for Mutharika in the forthcoming election.

Unlike in Mzuzu where DPP demonstrations were marred by violence, hundreds of people peacefully marched and presented their petition to Mangochi District Commissioner, Moses Chimphepo, at Mangochi Town Council Civic offices.

“I have received the petition and let me assure you that I will present it to the relevant authorities,” Chimphepo said.

DPP followers recently also held protests in Blantyre, Zomba and Lilongwe.

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