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Respect our leader—DPP

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By Faith Kadzanja:

President Peter Mutharika

Some governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members of Parliament (MPs) Tuesday urged opposition legislators to respect President Peter Mutharika.

While giving his input on the State of the Nation Address (Sona) which Mutharika delivered in the House on Friday, Thyolo South legislator Mabvuto Sandram Scott said opposition MPs should accept May 21 Tripartite Election results.

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“Opposition MPs should learn to respect President Peter Mutharika so that we, from the other side, should also respect their leaders. Let us do this for the continuation of peace. People should concede defeat and accept the results so that we should map the way forward,” he said.

Mwaza West legislator Joyce Chitsulo said there was need for peace to reign in the country.

“There is no way this country will develop if we are not united,” she said.

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Standing on a point of Order, Mangochi South West parliamentarian Shadreck Namalomba cautioned some MPs’ tendency of coming to the House late.

“Is it in order for MPs to be receiving sitting allowances but not come to the House? Why should a member, who is absent without seeking leave of absence, be receiving allowances? Let them refund the allowances,” he said.

On Friday, opposition MPs walked out of the House when Mutharika was delivering his Sona.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) maintains that its leader Lazarus Chakwera will not be attending Parliament proceedings because the party does not recognise Mutharika as the legitimate President.

The party says Chakwera will start attending such meetings when the Constitutional Court delivers its ruling in the case in which Chakwera and UTM leader Saulos Chilima are challenging the May 21 presidential election results, citing irregularities.

The elections case continues today in Lilongwe.

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