Well done Police, let sanity prevail: Nation comment

Written by  Nation Newspaper, Malawi.

Tension and some level of lawlessness continue to be order of the day since the announcement of the presidential election results in the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Police in action during demos. Police in action during demos.
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Some the candidates dissatisfied with the results of the elections, notably at presidential, parliamentary and local government levels, filed petitions at the High Court of Malawi seeking a review of the process.

 

Currently, there is a pending case in the Constitutional in which UTM president Saulos Chilima and Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwera want presidential election results nullified for alleged anomalies.

 

While the various cases are progressing in courts, a section of civil society organisations under the banner of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) are holding a series of nationwide demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah and her commissioners to resign for allegedly presiding over a fraudulent election.

 

In the course of demonstrations, planned to be peaceful by the organizers, some criminal elements take advantage to loot and damage properties.

 

In extreme cases, especially in Central Region, some have gone to the extent of blocking main roads and demanding “toll fees” from motorists. In some cases, the situation has turned violent. On Friday, some motorists using the M1 between Dedza and Lilongwe were subjected to torture of ‘toll fee” demands.

 

We commend Malawi Police Service for swiftly moving in and arresting 15 suspects on suspicion that they were behind the mayhem.

 

Further, we ask the police and other security agencies to intensify patrols across the country to restore sanity as the country awaits the conclusion of the election petitions in court.

 

Demonstrations are a constitutional right, but no one should take advantage of the same to cause mayhem. Any person found doing the contrary should be brought to book. That is a way sanity can prevail in the country. -- Sourced from Nation Newspaper, July 22, 2019.

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