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Germany urges dialogue to end political standoff

ASKED TO STEP DOWN — Ansah

Head of the Germany delegation to the just-ended bilateral negotiation on development cooperation with Malawi Alois Schneider has said constructive dialogue by all stakeholders is key to ending the current political standoff in the country.

Schneider was speaking in Lilongwe at the end of bilateral negotiations on development cooperation between the two countries.

He has also urged Malawi government for zero tolerance approach to corruption in development programming.

Schneider said dialogue is the best way forward to end the current political situation in the country.

“Germany underlines strong support for a constructive dialogue of all stakeholders in society, on the best way forward for Malawi in the current political situation, and we are committed to further assisting Malawi’s efforts in fighting poverty and increasing resilience,” Schneider said.

The country has been riddled by nationwide demonstrations organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition to force Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah and all commissioners to resign for allegedly messing up May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM counterpart Saulos Chilima are challenging a decision by Mec of declaring Democratic Progressive Party candidate President Peter Mutharika winner of the elections.

Ansah has on several occasions refused to resign saying she will only do so if the court rules against her.

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