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By Jameson Chauluka:

KUNKUYU (centre)—Leave us alone

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has warned its rivals against inciting political violence when the main opposition party’s president, Lazarus Chakwera, presents his nomination forms to Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) in Blantyre on Monday.

MCP national campaign director, Moses Kunkuyu, issued the warning Thursday at the party’s president’s residence in Blantyre.

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Kunkuyu said the party realises that some political agents might be plotting to frustrate the exercise scheduled for Chichiri International Conference Centre.

“The recent cases of political violence, orchestrated by some overzealous and short-sighted Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] members, are a bad thing which all well-meaning Malawians should unite to condemn. We wish to warn DPP Cadets and its entire leadership that find pleasure in acts of thuggery, torturing and assaulting innocent citizens who hold dissenting views to leave our party alone,” he said.

Kunkuyu called on the police to ensure that sanity prevails during presentation of the nomination papers by party presidents, starting with Chakwera.

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“The police must discharge their duties professionally during this period and hold perpetrators of violence accountable and we hope that democracy wins eventually. We do not want law enforcers that sit back and watch criminals unleash terror and intimidation on critics of this administration,” he said.

Kunkuyu said MCP is ready to lead the country, if voted into power during the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

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