… Condemns Chilima’s rigging remarks
The Joint Civil Society Platform has defended President Peter Mutharika’s decision to shun national prayers in Lilongwe saying some churches have already endorsed certain presidential candidates.
The National Prayers and Signing of Peace Declaration ceremony which has been organized by Public Affairs Committee will be held in Lilongwe today. Several presidential candidates are expected to attend the event.
But according to a presidential programme released Friday, Mutharika will not attend the prayers as he is on his way to the Northern Region to hold campaign rallies.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Chairperson of civil society platform Fryson Chodzi said some religious leaders who are involved in the prayers have already taken a partisan stand for or against a certain political party in the Tripartite Elections.
He explained that the CSOs will not be surprised if some political shun the prayers.
Chodzi however commended PAC for deciding to pray for peaceful elections.
On the issue of rigging elections, Chodzi condemned UTM leader Saulos Chilima for undermining the delivery of the electoral process in Malawi through his political utterances that the electoral results of the 2014 were really rigged.
Chodzi said the UTM leader who is also the Vice President of this country is sowing seeds of anarchy and is creating fear among Malawians as well as mistrust in the electoral process and MEC’s ability deliver free, fair and credible elections.
He therefore asked Chilima to stop undermining the electoral process in the country and urged religious leaders to play a peace building role and unifying factor rather than a partisan role which would instigate violence and among others.