The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has said Malawians should not be worried about possible unrest after the Constitutional Court delivers its ruling in the high-profile disputed presidential election case.
MDF Commander General Vincent Nundwe said this at the MDF end of year ball at Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe on Monday evening.
“As the military, we are always prepared for the worst scenarios. I can assure you that there is going to be peace in spite of whatever the outcome [of the case] is going to be. We are going to ensure that the situation remains calm,” he said.
Nundwe said since the MDF is already involved in enhancing internal national peace and calm, in line with its third constitutional role of supporting civil institutions, there is no way it is going to “just sit in barracks and watch the country burning”.
The commander said MDF’s operations are aimed at helping the Malawi Police Service (MPS) in its core role of law enforcement, adding that after stability returns, the MDF will hand over the full internal security role to MPS.
A security expert, who is also a lecturer at Mzuzu University, Euginio Njoloma, said it is good that MDF is committing itself to ensure calm because more tension is expected after the court delivers its judgement.