Mzomera Ngwira blames violence, intimidation for poor poll results

Mzomera Ngwira

DPP Regional Governer for the Northern Region, Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira has accused Tonse Alliance supporters of perpetrating violence and intimadation on their supporters in the region.

Ngwira said his supporters have been subjected to intimidation and torture prior to, during and after the June 23 presidential poll, a development that frustrated them not to take part in the election.

Unofficial results from the six districts in the Northern Region show that Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, is leading with 516, 515 votes followed by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President, Professor Peter Mutharika who has polled 70, 092 votes and Peter Kuwani of Mbakuwaku Movement of Development (MMD) is the least with 6,689 votes.

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Mzomera Ngwira flanked by other DPP officials from the North

"You are aware that during and after fresh presidential election, a lot of things have happened against DPP members. We have been subjected to all sorts of torture and intimidation from and by MCP-UTM. 

"As I am making this statement the UTM-MCP supporters on Thursday and following day morning people resorted in a rampage of violence conducts, hurting DPP members in all sorts. They converged at Shoprite Roundabout and resorted in looting DPP flags, chanting obscene songs towards DPP officials particularly myself and stoned every DPP car that passes," alleges Ngwira.

The outspoken Regional Governor who claimed to have reported the matter to police, urged the DPP supporters to remain calm.

"What ever is happening we are not shaken, and don't  think of dumping the party because next election, if at all we will be declared losers, we will triumph. We have enough time to build up the party and make sure that we bounce back and take our mantle again," he says.

Chrissy Ziba
Ziba: We are ready to demonstrate

In her remarks, UDF Women Director for the North, Chrissy Ziba, warns that if Tonse Alliance emerge victor they will hold it accountable.

"We are ready to demonstrate if we see that they are not fulfilling their promises as stipulated in their manifestos," says Ziba.

Tonse Alliance leadership was not immediately available for a comment.

The Electoral Commission is today expected to announce official results but the DPP has written MEC asking it to call for a fresh election on the basis that the ongoing process had a lot of electoral irregularities.