Mangochi, Mangochi District Council, District’s Peace Committee (DPC) and all key political parties contesting in the May 21 tripartite elections have committed themselves to peaceful campaign in the district.
District Commissioner (DC) for Mangochi, Rev. Moses Chimphepo, Mangochi DPC Chair, Dr. Alli Makalani, and the district’s political party leaders made the commitment in separate interviews on Friday with Malawi News Agency (Mana) following the official opening of campaign period on Tuesday.
Chimphepo said the Council has leveled the playing field for all political party and independent candidates to conduct their campaign freely at venues of their choice in the district.
We have put forward a few conditions to ensure that we achieve peaceful campaign throughout the official campaign period, he explained adding that, For instance; we are asking the candidates to serve us, the Council and Police with a 48-hour notice on the venue they want to conduct a rally.
The DC added that besides the conditions the council has set, MEC gave each of the contesting candidate electoral laws which are spelling out everything as regards how they should conduct peaceful campaign.
The Police will take action on anyone found violating the electoral law and if a candidate breaks any electoral law, they will be disqualified, Chimphepo warned.
DCP Chair, Dr. Alli Makalani said his committee had sensitized all chiefs and local leaders, religious leaders and other stakeholders to work together during the campaign period to ensure that peace is maintained.
He said his committee would be vigilant throughout the period to ensure that no political violence is incited as the political parties campaign ahead of the May 21 elections.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) District Governor, Salire Mdala noted that his party always realizes that campaign is not about inciting violence or talking ill about others.
DPP believes in promoting peace � that is one of the party’s pillars � and before holding a campaign rally we always make sure that all protocols are observed and that chiefs and all other authorities are aware, he pointed out.
United Democratic Front (UDF) District Governor, Peter Chiyadi; Malawi Congress Party (MCP) District Secretary, Yusuf Adin Mulembe, and UTM District Governor, John Kabwabwa pledged peaceful campaign in the run up to election.
We are all Malawians irrespective of our political parties: that is the message we have taken to all the constituencies in the district, Chiyadi said, while MCP’s Mulembe said his party has always been peace-loving and it has never been engaged in any political violence.
Mangochi is one of the hotspot districts in the country where political violence has always been rife hence the presence of the DPC which is operational in Kasungu and Karonga, yet other hotspots for political violence.
Source: MANA Online