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By Faith Kamtambe:

United Nations (UN) Under- Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, has appealed to the government of Malawi to be a role model in holding free and fair elections.

Speaking during a meeting with President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace on Friday, Lowcock said, as Malawi is entering an important phase of elections, there is need to enhance peace.

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Lowcock visited Mutharika in the company of UN Resident Coordinator Maria Torres and a delegation from the UN.

“We are now entering into an important phase and eyes of the world will be on Malawi and the election process and, again, we are hoping that Malawi will conduct the elections in a peaceful way,” he said.

On food security, he said he understood that the harvest in Malawi was not as good because of the fall armyworm last year and, as such, he released $10 million to ease the challenge. He said the money is meant to help vulnerable households.

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Mutharika said his administration was grateful for the support the UN renders to Malawi.

“Malawi continues to suffer the impact of climate change. In recent years, especially in 2015 and 2016, we suffered from drought, floods and destruction caused by heavy rains, strong winds and erratic rainfall. These conditions affect real life in real ways and our people suffer a lot,” he said.

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