MCP's Chakwera Urges Supporters to Respect Court Verdict
Malawi Congress Party President Lazarus Chakwera has urged his supporters to accept the ruling of the Constitutional Court in which he is a co-challenger of the May poll results.
Dr Chakwera, the second petitioner, is alongside UTM leader SaulosChilima, challenging results of the May 21 presidential elections in which incumbent Peter Mutharika was declared winner.
The constitutional court is set to deliver its verdict not later than February 3, according to high court registrar Agnes Patemba.
He told a press briefing in Lilongwe that the waiting has been long, but people need to exercise calm and respect the ruling.
“Whatever it is that the court delivers its ruling, let us rise to that occasion to accept it, to respect it, to support it and to uphold it.
“Let us resolve to welcome the ruling with open arms as a foundation on which we can begin the work of rebuilding our nation and reconcile with each other,” said Chakwera.
The MCP leader also said the country was at a crossroad with the citizenry facing many challenges but called for unity for the country to move forward.
Many stakeholders including other politicians, religious leaders, civil society leaders and members of the diplomatic corps have also called on Malawians to maintain peace and not resort to violence after the court has made its determination.