A group of people from Zomba Nsondole Constituency on Tuesday staged a protest against declaration of Abu Naliwa as winner of the May 21, 2019 parliamentary election.
The complainants who were accompanied by five Group Village Headmen (GVH) from the constituency, under Traditional Authority Kuntumanje, stormed Zomba District Council Offices to deliver their petition.
Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) District Elections Clerk for Zomba, George Kaminga received the petition which contained eight main complaints, on behalf of the District Commissioner Emmanuel Bambe.
GVHs who led the group were Lundu, Luwambe, Ndumba, and Namasalima.
Speaking on behalf of the concerned electorates, GVH Lundu whose real name is Jameson Nkungwi said the election was not fair.
GVH Lundu said: “The elections in our constituency were not fair and this is evidenced by the results whereby the winner has turned out to be the one who is not liked by almost the whole constituency.”
One of the points in the letter indicated that out of 18 centers from the constituency, only the recorded results from 7 constituencies were entered into a computer while those from the remaining 11 constituencies were taken by MEC officials without neither an explanation nor signatures from the center monitors.
And taking turns in presenting their grievances, all the traditional leaders emphasized that their subjects will never recognize Abu Naliwa, as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the area because he was the one who master-minded rigging in the polling centers.
But Naliwa told YFM in a telephone interview that he was not aware of the protest and that the elections were credible.
Zomba Nsondole constituency had 32,707 registered voters from two Wards namely Naisi and Songani with 18 polling centers.