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Lazarus Chakwera, Saulos Chilima preach peace

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Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Lazarus Chakwera who is also Tonse Alliance presidential candidate in the fresh presidential election has urged Malawians to remain united if the country is to develop economically.

Chakwera was speaking during a rally he addressed alongside his running mate Saulos Chilima of UTM at Namadidi Ground in Zomba district.

“Malawi should develop together. Everyone has to be proud to be a Malawian irrespective of where they are coming from and their religious affiliations. That is what we want in Tonse Alliance,” he said.

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Chakwera’s calls come after a convoy of Chilima who is also State Vice President was attacked by people who claimed to be Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters in Mulanje on Friday.

On Saturday, the convoy of Atupele Muluzi who is the Democratice Progressive Party (DPP)-United Democratic Front (UDF) alliance running mate was also blocked by some people at Mponela in Dowa District.

Chakwera said political violence has to be condemned further urging the Tonse Alliance supporters to desist from retaliating to any form of provocation.

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He then reiterated the Tonse Alliance campaign promises such as affordable fertilizer, good roads, hospitals, schools and one million jobs within a year among others.

On his part, Chilima said he was going to report the country’s political violence to the International Criminal Court, alleging perpetrators are sent by political masters.

He said the political violence is being deliberately perpetuated to frustrate preparations for the forthcoming presidential election.

“We are finalising paperwork and Monday or Tuesday we should be reporting this political violence to the International Criminal Court. This is a deliberate move to postpone the election. They have failed to use Covid-19 and have resorted to political violence. I was stoned yesterday [Friday] but no matter how intense the violence comes, do not revenge,” he said.

Chilima said it does not make sense for Malawians to be fighting each other because of tribal, regional, and religious differences 56 years after independence.

The rally which was delayed by few minutes due to unexpected rains, attracted top politicians including former president Joyce Banda who hailed the resilience of the Zomba residents and the Tonse Alliance leadership for braving the rains to continue with the rally.

She then urged Malawians in the district to vote for the Tonse Alliance which is being led by Chakwera in the forthcoming fresh election.

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