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Richard Msowoya dares UN

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Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) vice-president Richard Msowoya has challenged the United Nations (UN) to put in place measures that will ensure the 2019 elections will be free and fair, arguing that issues of ‘politicking’ start with how elections are conducted.

Msowoya was specifically responding to remarks which UN resident coordinator Mia Seppo made on Friday during the commemoration of the International Day of Peace in which she charged that the media is awash with reports of politicking ‘as if Malawi is still in election campaign mode.’

But speaking at a rally he and MCP president Lazarus Chakwera held at Mtunthama in Kasungu on Sunday, Msowoya said people continue to discuss politics in the country because the 2014 elections left a lot to be desired.

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Said Msowoya: “I agree with [the UN] that we should not be busy politicking but good governance starts with elections. If something wrong happened during elections, the one who was declared winner will do everything possible to convince people that he won.

“So, he will be busy trying to assert himself so that people can start believing him. It is strange that while big countries like South Africa and the United States of America have free and fair elections, Malawi has a lot of problems.”

According to Msowoya, politics further continue to overshadow other issues because people are not being led by the one they voted for.

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“In Malawi, a president is elected by those who count votes and not the voters themselves. That must change. These donors must help us so that the one who leads us is the one who was voted for by Malawians,” said Msowoya.

During the rally, Chakwera welcomed a number of members from United Democratic Front (UDF), People’s Party (PP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Notable ones include former senior PP officials Agnes Jandalala and Annie Chibwana.

Former MCP legislator Sailes Gulule, who contested in last year’s elections as an independent parliamentary candidate for Kasungu South, was also welcomed back into the party.

 

While some international bodies like the European Union (UN) described the 2014 Tripartite Elections as free and fair, local observers, including the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC), concluded that the polls lacked freeness, fairness and credibility.

From the time Peter Mutharika was declared winner in the 2014 presidential polls, MCP has been arguing that they were robbed of victory and that they will stop at nothing to remind Mutharika that he did not win the polls.

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