Phalombe North legislator Anna Kachikho has asked people to refrain from political violence as the country awaits a court ruling on the May 21 2019 presidential election petition case.
She made the remarks on Friday when she attended prayers organised by religious group in the district at Chitekesa Primary School in Traditional Authority (T/A) Jenala.
Said Kachikho: “People should not take the law into their own hands.
“Rather, they should remain calm until the court verdict. And even then, no violent acts will be condoned.”
She also warned that anyone who incites violence will be punished.
On his part, the Church of Abraham Bishop Dyson Phiri said they organised the prayers for peace, unity and love to prevail in the district.
“The country has witnessed violent acts after the May 21 Tripartite Elections, so the prayers seek to foster unity among people,” he said.
Phiri also asked people to accept the court’s ruling, saying the judgement that will come from the Constitutional Court, will be a direction from God.
T/A Jenela said he hoped the prayers would bring peace to the country.
“I am hopeful that God has answered our prayers today. Therefore, we should expect a fair judgment,” he said.
The Constitutional Court in Lilongwe is expected to deliver a ruling on the presidential election petition case in which UTM Party leader SaulosChilima and Malawi Congress Party leader Lazarus Chakwera are disputing the May 21 presidential election results.
In a related development, National Initiative for Civic Education is also going round the country, urging people to remain calm before and after the court ruling.