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Lazarus Chakwera says civil service needs freedom

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ON CAMPAIGN—Atupele

Tonse Alliance torchbearer who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader, Lazarus Chakwera, has vowed to revamp the civil service if voted into power at the fresh presidential election which has been set for June 23.

Chakwera said Malawi’s civil service needs to be unshackled from the grip of politicians whom he accused of compromising its performance.

He was speaking during whistle-stop tours that he conducted in some areas in Chitipa and Karonga districts.

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“We have very professional civil servants but their hands have been tied up by politicians. These are the few people who do not love this country. Once I am voted into power with Dr Saulos Chilima, we are going to free the civil service. We want our civil servants to perform wonders and help in developing the country,” Chakwera said.

He then told people in Karonga that Tonse Alliance has already found a market of the district’s aromatic Kilombero rice in Botswana which is currently buying rice from Brazil.

In his remarks, former vice-president Khumbo Kachali and MCP second vice-president Harry Mkandawire asked people from Karonga and Chitipa to vote for Chakwera, saying he is a true son of Malawi who will develop the country without looking at tribe or region.

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Elsewhere on a campaign trail, Democratic Progressive Party and United Democratic Front running mate for the fresh presidential election, Atupele Muluzi, asked that an independent commission should investigate a suspected shooting incident that reportedly happened when a mob blocked Chakwera’s running mate Saulos Chilima’s convoy at Nselema in Machinga last Friday.

Muluzi was speaking at Umbwa Village in Traditional Authority Kapoloma where he visited the people who were injured allegedly after officers in Chilima’s security detail fired shots to disperse the mob.

“We need an independent commission to establish the shooting. We hear that they have even forced the doctors to change medical reports to show that the boy was not shot at,” he said.

But at a whistle-stop rally at Malembo Trading Centre in Mangochi on Monday, Chilima dismissed the shooting allegations, saying his convoy did not reach the spot where the incident reportedly occurred.

His statement was corroborated by Eastern Region Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Sauka, who said there was no gunshot during the fracas.

Sauka said there was only one person who got injured by a teargas canister which was fired by Machinga Police as they dispersed the mob which blocked Chilima’s passage.

Speaking at Michongwe School Ground at Ntaja where he held a rally, Muluzi urged the people to vote for President Peter Mutharika for continued development.

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