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MCP pledges peaceful polls

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By Audrey Kapalamula:

Malawi Congress Party (MCP), through Public Affairs Committee (Pac), has made a commitment to promote peace before, during and after the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Party president Lazarus Chakwera and secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka signed a peace pact after meeting with Pac officials yesterday in Lilongwe.

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“Pac is concerned with the continued tendency of perpetuating violence and we were engaged to make sure that the cases do not escalate.

“It is a preventive measure because we were looking at what could be done to make sure that the campaign is peaceful and after the elections,” Mkaka said

Pac officials, who have been meeting with electoral stakeholders, have, so far, engaged United Democratic Front president Atupele Muluzi and Peter Kuwani of Mbakuwaku Movement for Development, among others.

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The committee’s spokesperson, Fr Peter Mulomole, recently said the committee believed that committing stakeholders to signing the peace accord would minimise cases of conflict that could mar the electoral process.

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