Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Karonga Diocese has warned aspiring parliamentary candidates in Karonga Central Constituency against political violence ahead of the impending by-election.
The seat fell vacant three weeks ago following the death of Cornelius Mwalwanda (Malawi Congress Party—MCP).
CCJP project coordinator Obert Mkandawire expressed the sentiments on Monday during a political engagement meeting that also tackled Covid-19 compliance with preventive measures in the district.
He said since the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections the area that earned Libya’s Benghazi name due to its political instability did not register any case of political violence.
Said Mkandawire: “We understand aspiring candidates have started campaigning.
“Let us do that peacefully without inciting violence that will result in loss of property or people’s lives.”
He also told aspirants to observe Covid-19 preventive measures such as mandatory wearing of face masks and social distancing.
However, Senior Chief Mwilang’ombe said he was not pleased with the news that some shadow candidates have started underground campaign barely weeks after the death of Mwalwanda.
“If that is true then it is unfortunate. We are still mourning Dr. Mwalwanda. Therefore, let us respect our culture,” he said.
Meanwhile, Leonard Mwalwanda, nephew to the former parliamentarian, has expressed interest to contest in MCP primary elections.
MCP unveiled Leonard Mwalwanda on Tuesday at a function held at its district office. The party said it will unveil two more aspiring candidates who will contest in the primaries to find a shadow candidate for the by-elections.
Speaking at the event, the party’s district chairperson Emmanuel Nkhoma said the party was pleased to welcome Mwalwanda.