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Police, council delay MCP demonstrations in Mzuzu

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By Samuel Kalimira:

Police and authorities from Mzuzu City Council (MCC) Friday delayed Malawi Congress Party (MCP) peaceful demonstrations that aimed at showing their dissatisfaction with irregularities that marred and the outcome of May 21 presidential results.

The demonstrations were supposed to start at 7:30 am from MCP Northern Region headquarters but were blocked by over 10 police officers led by Mzuzu Police Station Officer Lovemore Mwabumba and MCC Acting Chief Executive Officer Alexander Chirambo.

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Mwabumba and Chirambo were locked up in a meeting for some hours before permitting the gathering to continue with their protest march.

The demonstration started at around 10 am and hundreds of people from MCP, People’s Party (PP) and Freedom Party (FP) marched peacefully in the streets of Mzuzu.

Dressed in their party colours and carrying placards with messages undermining the recent presidential elections’ outcome, the protesters were chanting songs describing Democratic Progressive Party government as a ‘rigging government’.

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The protesters were accompanied by the police who boarded in two vehicles.

MCP Mzuzu City political district chairperson Joseph Chavula said people are not happy with the current government which, he said, their win is not the true reflection of the will of the people on the ground.

Chavula said hundreds of people who participated in the protest are proof that people are not happy with DPP.

“We are not getting any penny from any other person to hold this demonstration. People have just come because they feel the pain on how Malawi Electoral Commission handled the counting process of the presidential votes. Therefore, we are saying we have started showing our anger, we will continue until the matter is completed at the court,” Chavula said.

Other notable people who were leading the protest are PP national youth director Ipyana Nkhakomwa, FP regional governor Lloyd Njaliwa and others from MCP National Executive Committee.

MCP supporters in Lilongwe and NkhotaKhota held similar demonstrations Thursday.

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