Clergy urges Mutharika to take action

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The clergy is supporting calls for President Peter Mutharika to swiftly make a decision on demands that Jane Ansah should step down as Chairperson for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).


The calls follow violent nationwide protests organized by the Human rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to force Ansah to step down for allegedly failing to manage credible elections on May 21.


It is estimated that property worth millions of Kwacha was destroyed during the protests on June 21 and also on the 5th and 6th of this month. The protests have escalated political tension across the country.


Despite this however the Coalition has vowed to continue holding nationwide demonstrations for three consecutive weeks until Ansah steps down from her position.


In an interview with Capital FM, Chairperson of the Ethics Peace and Justice Commission of the Evangelical Association of Malawi Zacc Kawalala insisted that either Ansah resigns or Mutharika fires her.


“We know that it is the right of the people to demonstrate and they are demonstrating because of their grievances. It is also an indication of the trust they have lost on MEC due to how the elections were handled,” Kawalala said.


He also expressed concern on the recent announcement by the HRDC indicating that they will be holding demonstrations every week.


“Businesses have been suffering and it is very unfortunate that we will be having these protests every week when those who have the power to put them to an end are not taking the necessary action,” added Kawalala.


Since Malawians cast their votes on May 21 this year, dust has refused to settle on the political scene with the Malawi Congress Party and the UTM dragging MEC to court calling for nullification of the results.

 It however remains to be seen as what steps the two parties will take after trial of the elections case commences later this month at the constitutional court sitting in Lilongwe.


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