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Richard Chimwendo Banda warns against political violence

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Minister of Homeland Security, Richard Chimwendo Banda, has warned Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM supporters against violence in the five constituencies where Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) is holding by-elections.

The minister emphasised that perpetrators will face the law.

The warning comes after some pockets of violence have been registered in two constituencies of Mangochi North West and Karonga Central between MCP and UTM supporters.

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Speaking at Lupembe in Karonga Central Constituency where he conducted a rally together with some Cabinet ministers and MCP Members of Parliament, Chimwendo Banda, who is also the party’s Director of Youth, said nobody is above the law.

He said the parties will not shield anyone found breaking the law.

“If you start fighting people, you will be arrested. We want clean politics. Do not think that the police cannot arrest you because you have put on MCP T-shirt. Our President, [Lazarus] Chakwera, wants us to respect the law. Therefore whether you are MCP, UTM or DPP, never indulge yourself in violence, the law will take its course,” Banda said.

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The party conducted seven rallies where they garnered support for their candidate Leonard Mwalwanda ahead of the November 10 by-elections.

In her remarks, Catherine Gotani Hara, who was at Mwenelondo said it is only the MCP candidate who will manage to continue with developmental projects which the former MP late Cornelius Mwalwanda left.

“Never make a mistake, vote for MCP candidate. By doing so, it means you have voted for development,” Hara said.

Other notable party leaders who held similar rallies in the constituencies were, Ken Kandodo, Kezzie Msukwa, Mike Bango and Peter Dimba.

Currently, Mec is conducting registration and verification exercise from September 14 to 27 2020.

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