Zomba stage peaceful protests

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Peoples Party (PP) supporters in Zomba on Tuesday took to the streets to demonstrate against presidential election results.

The peaceful march, which also attracted a heavy presence of police officers, started from Chinamwali Market through M3 road to Zomba central business center before finalizing the whole event at MCP Zomba office.

The protests, which were lowly patronized, were held to express their displeasure against MEC’s decision of declaring Peter Mutharika as a winner.

Speaking after the march, MCP’s Eastern Region Publicity Secretary Geofrey Mjuda Banda said their goal has been achieved.

Banda said: “People from Zomba are against the results just like many Malawians in the country and that’s why we decided to take to the street just to send a message that the presidential elections results were not a true reflection of the people’s vote.”

“If you go around the country and ask individuals you will realize that people are not satisfied with the results and we wonder who voted for the current president.”

He attributed the low turnout of people to what happened in Lilongwe where some demonstrators were arrested by police hence people were afraid to take part.

Zomba district chairperson Asiyatu Idrisa asked all Malawians to join hands as they await the court ruling.

Similar demonstrations have taken place in Lilongwe, Mchinji, Blantyre, Dedza, Mzuzu and Nkhotakota among others.

Mutharika was declared the winner with 1,940,709 votes and was followed by Lazarus Chakwera who got 1,781,740.

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