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Mec challenges people on warehouse inferno

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By Audrey Kapalamula:

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Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has demanded evidence from people who claim that some politicians were behind the fire that damaged its warehouse in Lilongwe in 2014.

Mec Chairperson, Jane Ansah, has also cautioned people to desist from churning out rumours on electoral-related matters ahead of the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

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“We have been saying everything that was set ablaze is with the police. Everyone with the evidence should go to the police. For the police to come up with findings, they depend on people who know something about the situation. If anybody has such evidence, it is better for them to go to police and report. This will help us because we also want to know what happened,” she said.

Recently, Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is also UTM president, claimed that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led by Minister of Homeland Security, Nicholas Dausi, were responsible for the fire incident in Lilongwe after the 2014 elections.

In an interview with Times Television after addressing a rally in Mangochi Sunday, Chilima refused to comment on his earlier remarks pertaining to Mec warehouse fire.

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Ansah said Mec does not have the name of suspect connected to the inferno.

“We have never received any letter of complaint from anyone. That time, we engaged leaders of different political parties, but nobody used the platform to explain to us how things happened,” she said.

On May 1, 2019, Chilima told people in Chitipa that DPP, led by Dausi, torched the warehouse, effectively destroying ballot papers scheduled for a recount in the disputed parliamentary election results for Lilongwe City South East Constituency.

In 2014, Ulemu Msungama Member of Parliament for Malawi Congress Party complained that 140 votes from Chilinde Polling Station were omitted from the final count and that 470 from Area 12 City Assembly and Mlodza polling stations were declared null and void and this affected his chances of winning the elections which then went in favour of DPP’s Bently Namasasu.

In her ruling of October 28 2014, Justice Esmie Chombo ordered a rerun of the elections and Msungama eventually emerged the winner.

Recently, President Peter Mutharika also alleged that some opposition political parties want to hire people from India, Russia and Nigeria to help rig the elections in Malawi.

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