Bushiri challenges local political leaders

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Political parties holding a stake in the landmark elections case maintain that they have in place strategies to ensure that their supporters welcome the outcome of the trial.

This is in reaction to sentiments made by leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Shepherd Bushiri who challenges political leaders in Malawi to start preparing their followers for what may be the judgment.

Bushiri, who is also a business operator, made the appeal during a press briefing on Wednesday in South Africa, where he is based.

He expressed concern with the political divisions in the country since the May 21 tripartite election and fears that some parties might not easily give in to the verdict that the court will make.

The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the UTM are contesting the May 21 presidential election results, in which the Malawi Electoral Commission declared the Democratic Progressive Party's Peter Mutharika winner.

They are seeking a nullification of the results, citing numerous irregularities in the electoral process.

Apart from the political parties going to the courts, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition has held several protests and vigils calling for the resignation of MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah. Though the demonstrations have initially been scheduled to be peaceful, they have however been marred by violence, looting and destruction of government and privately owned business entities.



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