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Parties urge police to secure electoral process

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By Yohane Symon:

Malawi Police Service has been challenged to work professionally to ensure that processes leading up to the May 21 Tripartite Elections are not disturbed by political violence.

Representatives of political parties made this call in Mangochi District on Saturday during a meeting which Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) organised to find solutions to escalating cases of political violence mainly targeting members of opposition political parties.

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The meeting, according to CMD Executive Director, Kizito Tenthani, was organised in the wake of cases of political violence happening in Mangochi and other parts of the country.

Making his contribution, Malawi Congress Party secretary general, Eisenhower Mkaka, observed that political violence in Malawi can be tackled if police worked without political interference.

“The police holds the key to ending violence because we believe that the people who are behind the attacks are known by the police and can easily be arrested. We urge them to be taking action so that we have a peaceful election,” he said.

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Mkaka’s sentiments were shared by United Democratic Front spokesperson Ken Ndanga and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of political affairs Khwauli Msiska, who challenged law enforcers not to be partisan.

“DPP is a peaceful party and we urge the police to be professional and curb all cases of political violence happening in the country,” Msiska said.

Eastern Region Commissioner of Police, Aclene Baluwa, committed that the police would work diligently make the elections safe.

Baluwa also advised political parties in the country to avoid orchestrating political violence by using the youth to attack political party opponents.

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