Parties Pledge Peaceful Campaign
Political parties have pledged to hold peaceful campaign ahead of the forthcoming Fresh Presidential Election.
The Malawi Congress Party (MCP), UTM and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) made their pledges in separate interviews with Zodiak Online on Monday.
MCP Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka, said they have no time for violent campaign.
“Our philosophy is that do not retaliate even if you are provoked. We wish to commit that as a party we will make sure that our campaign is peaceful; we will exercise restraint where we are provoked,” he said.
On Monday morning, president of the UTM, Dr. Saulos Chilima, told a media briefing in Lilongwe that they are geared to hold issue based campaign.
“I, therefore, call upon those supporting our calls for better Malawi to desist from divisive politics. We are running issue based campaign and come the Election Day, we shall win with our issue based campaign,’ he said.
DPP Director of Elections, Ben Phiri, said peace is in their blood and they will maintain that.
“DPP has remained peaceful since the last elections; we will maintain the same. It is in our blood line; we will promise people what we can do better than the other so that people are able to make decisions based on promises.
“If we resolve to go violent, we may end up killing the very same people that are to go and vote,” he said.
The Malawi Electoral Commission announced the beginning of campaign from last Saturday to June 30 with strict measures to prevent COVID-19.
Malawi will hold the election on 2 July, 2020 after nullification of the election that was held last year.