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By Feston Malekezo:

Some faith leaders in the Northern Region have urged Malawians to refrain from demonstrations as the electoral issues they are marching for are at the High Court.

The leaders for Church in Evangelism and Missions, Christian Justice International and Northern Region Inter-faith Mission made the call yesterday during a press briefing held in Mzuzu.

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One of the leaders, Reverend Brown Soko, said he was aware that the country was in a volatile situation but Malawians should control their anger.

“People take advantage of the demonstrations to advance interests such as looting. We love our country and are widely known as a peaceful nation. We should be demonstrators of peace other than violence and anger,” he said.

Reverend Amos Chuma said the pastors were like guards who are held accountable before God.

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“For us to advance the divine economy, which is the propagation of the gospel, we need peace and co-existence. That is why we are here calling on all Malawians that we need to advance peace at all times,” he said.

The pastors said Malawians had a right to demonstrate but must wait for the outcome of the court case.

Recently, Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Livingstonia threw its weight behind suggestions that the May 21 presidential election result be annulled as they were marred by irregularities.

Malawi Congress Party’s Lazarus Chakwera and UTM’s Saulos Chilima petitioned the High Court to nullify the election results.

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