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Lazarus Chakwera ready for alliance, supporters take to street

By Faith Kadzanja & Mathews Kasanda:

HANDS UP—MCP supporters captured during the rally

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, Lazarus Chakwera, has said he is ready to work with any party for the betterment of the nation.

Addressing people that gathered at MCP headquarters in Lilongwe Tuesday, Chakwera also said he will now start attending parliamentary deliberations to ensure that laws regarding fresh presidential election are made for the betterment of the country.

Chakwera has not been attending parliamentary proceedings as he argued that he did not recognise President Peter Mutharika as a legitimate leader.

Ndine okonzeka kugwira nchito ndi chipani chilichose pofuna kutukula dziko lino. (Iam ready to work with any party for the betterment of the nation).

“I will go to Parliament just to make sure that what the court has ordered is truly happening. I will travel throughout the country to say ‘thank you’ from Saturday,’’ he said.

The MCP leader said the thank you rallies will start from Msundwe, Lilongwe.

MCP vice-president Sidik Mia told the gathering that he was ready to serve Malawians on his position.

On her part, People’s Party (PP) president, Joyce Banda, said she will continue supporting the MCP leader.

Addressing members of the press four days before the court’s judgement, UTM president Saulos Chilima said the party was open to electoral pacts if the reason behind such alliances pacts were to serve Malawians.

Thousands of people gathered at MCP headquarters celebrating the ruling of the court which declared fresh election while UTM supporters also gathered at their headquarters to celebrate their victory.

The court ruled that Members of Parliament should review electoral laws to accommodate the 50 percent +1 electoral system.

Meanwhile, MCP members in Blantyre held a parade Tuesday to celebrate the court judgment.

The supporters, led by the party’s national director of elections, Moses Kunkuyu, marched from MCP Southern Region headquarters offices through Masauko Chipembere Highway to Blantyre Central Business Area before getting back to the offices.

“What was delivered in the court Tuesday is historical. It will go down in the history of elections, not only in Malawi but in the world that elections can be free and fair someday, and if not, there are courts that will come in and set people free,” he said.

Elsewhere, to show satisfaction with the court’s judgement, MCP and UTM supporters in Zomba took to the streets Tuesday in a joint parade from Chinamwali Township via M5 road to Zomba City and 3 Miles Township.

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