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Synod backs UTM, MCP

Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has backed a decision by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and its alliance partner, UTM, urging Malawians to stay away from work Friday, a move aimed at reminding Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Chairperson Jane Ansah and other commissioners to quit.

The synod’s general secretary, Reverend Levi Nyondo, said they have directed their members of staff that if Mec does not act otherwise, they should be on holiday tomorrow.

“As a sign that we are annoyed with Mec, this morning, I told our staff that they should not come on Friday. It is going to be a holiday for the synod. We want to show that we, too, are not happy. In fact, what the President [Peter Mutharika] has done by not signing the bills and not taking heed of the recommendations by Pac [Public Appointments Committee of Parliament] is very wrong,” he said.

“In other countries, it would have been very bad. But the President seems to be undermining the people’s demands. Ansah and her colleagues should kindly and politely step down. This is a serious request from the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia because she is confusing all Malawians from Nsanje to Chitipa.”

But political and social commentator, Wonderful Mkhutche, said the two parties should not encourage Malawians to shun work as this move has repercussions such as putting jobs on the line.

At a press briefing in Lilongwe on Tuesday, MCP and UTM said they have instructed their lawyers to ask the Constitutional Court to determine whether it is lawful for Ansah to continue holding her position when the court and Parliament stated that she is incompetent.

Pac conducted a competency test which all the commissioners failed. The committee went on to recommend that Mutharika should fire the commissioners but he refused.

To this effect, the alliance partners said they have declared tomorrow a day of rage to remind Mutharika and Ansah that the country is tired of them taking Malawians for granted.

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