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Mzuzu vendors agree to stop violence

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Committee of vendors in Mzuzu has resolved to chase out from the markets vendors who will be causing or aiding violence during the campaign period.

The vendors committee has said they do not want cases in which some vendors will be engaged in stoning and booing candidates who will be holding campaign rallies in the city.

The committee has also resolved to open up all markets to all political parties to campaign if they so wish ahead of the June 23 fresh presidential election.

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President of the vendors, James Kasambala, said their committee has already discussed with all the vendors through section chairpersons.

Kasambala said they have decided to put such strict measures as one way of complementing Malawi Electoral Commission efforts in ensuring that the election is free, fair, credible and peaceful.

“We all have our own political parties that we support. But for the sake of sanity, we are saying our party leaders should never be booed or stoned by any one of us. This cannot build our nation. We want a peaceful country. Therefore, once we find one of us doing anything against our agreement, we will reprimand them,” Kasambala said.

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Recently, some vendors booed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front Alliance running mate Atupele Muluzi as his convoy cruised through the city during a campaign tour that he conducted in the Northern Region.

Same vendors who were together with DPP supporters in Mzuzu also clashed with security personnel of Citizens for Transformation movement leader Timothy Mtambo at Shoprite Roundabout.

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