Tonse Alliance led by its runningmate in the forthcoming fresh presidential polls, Saulos Chilima, on Sunday knelt down for the people of Mangochi, applauding them for denouncing violence, despite the threats some people staged on Saturday prior to the rally.
The rally that took place at St. Augustine 3 Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mponda in the district,drew a mammoth crowd of people, contrary to people‚Äôs expectation looking at the threats and by the mere fact that the district is regarded as UDF‚Äôs strong-hold.
‚ÄúI would like to thank you people of Mangochi for welcoming us and patronising our function in large numbers. You have shamed the devil of stone pelting some people were fashioning for us thinking that this area belongs to them,‚ÄĚsaid Chilima.
He said Malawi allowed democracy to allow different political parties to operate in the country.
‚ÄúI am extremely happy to what has happened. Let it be a habit. Desist violence and accommodate political parties coming in this district,‚ÄĚ said Chilima, adding that Malawi chose democracy to allow political parties space to sell their manifestos to the electorate.
Chilima urged the people of Mangochi not to allow their leaders to use them for any political beneficial reason.
‚ÄúWe should not allow leaders to use us as agents of destruction,‚ÄĚ he added.
The Tonse Alliance runningmate further advised people not to leaders to divide them because of religion or tribe, saying to be different from the two is not a passport of rivalry.
‚ÄúLet people pray according to their devotion. We should not align politics with religion. Likewise, we should not marry tribe with politics,‚ÄĚ said Chilima while tutoring that this is old-fashioned politics.
UTM secretary general, Patricia Kaliati, said the Alliance is destined to change country, hence, asked people not to allow leaders to mislead them.
‚ÄúAll what we should do is just to unite and vote for Tonse Alliance because Tonse means all of us,‚ÄĚ she said.
Malawians are expected to vote again for president after the High Court in Lilongwe nullified the 2019 presidential election saying it had many irregularities.
Three candidates namely; President Peter Mutharika of DPP-UDF, Dr Lazurus Chakwera of Tonse Alliance and Peter Kuwani of MDD.
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