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By Faith Kadzanja & Jameson Chauluka:

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters Tuesday stormed streets of some major cities and districts in the country to express their anger and discontent with how Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) handled May 21 presidential election results.

In Lilongwe, the non-violent marchers forced civil servants out of their offices at Capital Hill, bringing the government’s business to an abrupt halt.

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The supporters started marching from MCP Headquarters and went to Capital Hill while chanting and singing against Mec’s decision to declare Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Peter Mutharika the winner before addressing the opposition party’s grievances.

The protestors entered Capital Hill gates and chased workers from offices, as police officers, who were using an anti-riot motor vehicle, just followed the supporters.

One of the demonstrators, Fred Kadzanja, said they were angry because justice did not prevail on the election.

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“MCP won the election but, as usual, the elections were rigged. Previously, MCP remained silent but, this time around, we are not going to allow the trend to continue,’’ he said.

Demonstrations also took place in Kasungu, Dowa and Blantyre.

In Blantyre, the demonstrations, which MCP director of campaign Moses Kunkuyu led, started from the party’s regional offices at Chichiri to old Magistrates’ Court in Blantyre Central Business District.

The supporters, who carried branches of trees and sang pro- MCP songs, marched along Victoria Avenue before branching off at Sunbird Mount Soche to MCP district office at the Crock Tower Roundabout.

Kunkuyu said the march was not a demonstration per-se but the people were mourning over the election results.

“We have been robbed of victory and are mourning. We can mourn in our homes, minibuses or in the streets and no one can stop us,” he said.

Before the march, the supporters held prayers for MCP president Lazarus Chakwera and the nation as they wait for the outcome of the court case which the party has filed at the High Court seeking nullification of the result which saw President Peter Mutharika being declared winner.

Meanwhile, the government has assured people that security has been restored at Capital Hill.

“Government of the Republic of Malawi regrets to inform the general public that provision of government services was disrupted today 4th June 2019 when the Capital Hill was invaded by intruders. The situation is back to normal and services will continue to be provided.

“All civil servants are therefore being called upon to continue discharging their duties normally from their offices.

“Government wishes to inform the general public that Capital Hill and all other government offices will be safeguarded, by all means possible, so that the public is not denied the services. Government further assures the general public that the rule of law will take its course,” said Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara, in a statement released on June 4 2019.

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