“We would like to assure developmental partners, the business community and private sector that as the DPP Government, we will ensure that the country remains peaceful; that business is not disrupted as we deal with the outstanding issues from the electoral process,” Nicholas Dausi, DPP’s publicity secretary told a news conference in Lilongwe on Tuesday.
He added: “We wish to emphasize that the country is not in a crisis and we look forward to the conclusion of the court processes in a peaceful manner so that the country can move forward,” said Dausi, who is also Minister of Homeland Security.
Two opposition parties-MCP and UTM- want the constitutional court to nullify the presidential vote after MEC declared President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika winner of the May 21 poll.
Dausi, who flanked by the party’s secretary general Grizelder Jeffrey, treasurer general Jappie Mhango, director of research and training Mark Botomani and director of elections, Ben Phiri, said those that were involved in vandalism, damage and theft of property during the violence will be brought to book.
He commended the Police for preventing further violence and property damage. Two police officers have been injured by the political activists, and a police unit torched in Lilongwe.
About a dozen opposition activists have been arrested following an anarchy of looting, violence and beatings of citizens led by MCP and UTM during demonstrations.
Dausi called on those perpetrating violence to stop and respect the legal institutions and processes handling the elections court case.
“We urge all peace-loving Malawians, whether they support the DPP or not, to exercise restraint and remain calm as we await the outcome of the court process.
“We strongly believe that it is paramount to respect the legal institutions and all the processes that are ongoing as these are key pillars of our democracy whose independence must be protected from political interference,” said Dausi.
“The intimidation tactics that have been deployed to hound and demonize MEC officials alarm us and we condemn such conduct in the strongest terms possible as it goes beyond the exercise of any democratic right,” he added.
MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah has said she will not heed calls to resign by MCP, UTM and rights activists until the constitutional court makes verdict of the case in which MEC is accused of rigging the presidential poll in favour of Mutharika.