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‘DPP wants to rig 2019 polls’

Member of Parliament (MPs) for Lilongwe North East, Maxwell Thyolera, Tuesday courted controversy in the House when he claimed that government is recruiting Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets to rig the 2019 elections.

Thyolera raised the issue when he was contributing to a debate on State of the Nation Address President Peter Mutharika delivered in the House.

“We have information that they have deliberately included DPP cadets with the aim of rigging 2019 elections,” Thyolera said.

His statement made Leader of the House George Chaponda, to stand on point of order, accusing Thyolera of “misinforming the nation”.

First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka-Chilenje, asked Thyolera to bring evidence on what he was saying.

Thyolera responded: “I can bring the evidence. We have people who were sent back because they come from the Central Region.”

Chilenje then said Thyolera should bring the evidence to the House at 2 o’clock in the afternoon today.

But Lilongwe Msozi South MP Vitus Dzoole Mwale faulted the demand the deputy speaker made.

“These demands are the ones which led to the death of one of our members, Hon [Billy] Kanjira Banda,” Dzoole Mwale said.

But Mcheka-Chilenje said she was using Parliamentary Standing Orders.

“The Honourable member should bring evidence. There is nothing personal about it. I don’t think it is healthy for the honourable member to argue with the chair,” Chilenje said.

Two days before he passed on, Kanjira Banda alleged that some cabinet ministers would benefit from allocation meant for Democracy Consolidation Programme, which was included in the vote to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC).

The claim made Chilenje to ask him to bring evidence to Parliament, the next day parliament was meeting.

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