After February 3 judgement, is change coming to Malawi? 

There are specific days, in the history of any nation, that are more than just figures and numbers. These are definite days that scars memories as a watershed; yes, that day when the old met its fate and the new took over.

President Peter Mutharika, MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima: Election dispute to be settled Monday when the Constitutional Court delivers a ruling

You can think of January 23 1915, that day when John Chilembwe and team revolted against a colonial oppressive system and, in its stead, put in place a system of racial equality.

You can think of March 3 1959, when Malawians rose against white colonial rule, demanding self-rule and independence.

You can think of June 14, 1993 when Malawians took to the polls to end 31 years of one party dictatorship for multi-party democracy.

Or, recently, you can think of July 21 2011 when millions took to the street and put a stop to President Bingu wa Mutharika’s impunity.

In all these dates, one thing is central—the oppressive old dies off and the hopeful new takes over. That is why whenever these dates are invoked—either through memorials or commemorations; they inspire the hearts of the nation to soldier on against all odds. They are watershed because they remind nations that, whatever happens, there is always hope for a better tomorrow.

Will Monday February 3—the day the Constitutional Court will deliver its verdict on the elections case—be another watershed date in the history of Malawi?

What’s critical with Monday 3 ruling is the quest for people’s voice to be respected.

You know what? Democracy thrives on the voice of the people; their wish as in how they want to be governed. That wish is expressed through a voting process managed by an electoral system that is supposed to accountable, fair, transparent and free.

The May  2019 elections had its challenges. Reports of manipulated ballot papers, gross use of tippex, miscalculations and contradictory results points to a flawed electoral process that stifles the will and the voice of how people want to be governed.

Monday 3, therefore, is another watershed day in history because, on this day, the ruling will be able to show the nation if, in this country, we have a functional or a dysfunctional electoral management system.

If the court upholds last year’s elections results, what will become of all the anomalies that defined the voting counting processes? What will be the impact of such a decision on subsequent elections? Will Malawians have faith in our electoral system to encourage them to stand on queue and cast their vote again?

If the court nullifies the results, will that decision restore Malawians’ faith in their electoral management system or it will deepen their dislike and disdain of it?

These are key questions that the Monday ruling needs to answer—its more than just having fresh elections. It’s about the quest to have an electoral system that respect the voices and wishes of the people.

Democracy, I repeat, thrives on the voice of the people; their wish as in how they want to be governed.  So Monday’s ruling is about two questions: Do we have an electoral system that respects people’s wishes or we have one that disdains?

Welcome 3 February in the annals of Malawi’s watershed dates.

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Nzika
Nzika
9 months ago

Iwe Need Change, Bingutu anaphedwa ndi m’bale wake uja anabisa maliro uja n’kumati Bingu ali moyo mpaka kuulutsa mtembo kupita nawo ku South Africa kufuna kunamiza mtundu wa aMalawi ndikusakaza ndalama zathu! Remember midnight six? He was at the centre of it all. So shut up your filthy mouth!

Nzika
Nzika
9 months ago

Phwisa, yes, the new MCP will bring the change we want because the old MCP which you hate ceased to be as those who used to cause havoc, the likes of Nicholus Dausi, left and are doing their trade in DPP. Iwe ukhalira kuphwisa komweko ndi mbuyako Chaponda!

Chilungamo
9 months ago

Mbava zokhazokha ngati anaba mzimayi ndiye amunawo titchulepo ndani apa wabwino ndimulungu basi kukanganirana kuba ine msomkho Nje agaru munya john chilembwe di c
Chihana anamenyera ufulu odyera achete ena mwawaphesa mabanja awo akuvutika mumu dziwe yesu

Chilungamo
9 months ago

I ne ndilibe chipani koma ndingoti wakuba saopa khothi chifukwa amakumana ndi makhotho ambili ndipo mazakhalanso wakuba sikuti amasiya kukhala kuti past tense

Malawi belong to the citizens.

Nice article, the truth is that the judgement on Monday February 3 has its own history for the constitution Judges and the judiciary as a whole.And also has a history of corruption and bribes either ending these two evils or continue with them . Another history Will be on the opposition strength in the country, If the court oppose what MEC did then corruption will end and new kid in town is coming, meaning good developments are on the way.If the court upholds what MEC did it will be a disaster for the country and for the future generations,with all… Read more »

Malawian
Malawian
9 months ago

My lady my lord I see an appeal

nkhwedzule
nkhwedzule
9 months ago

Oweruza mukuziwa kale tangotikondani mwapadera kutiuza tsikulo latalika please

chikioti
chikioti
9 months ago

It appears many of us had a wrong trial perspective, we had our own different from the one concourt had buy with same petitioners and respondents.hence we are expecting a wrong thing.concourt is only going to answer the questions CJ put to them after looking at the evidence tendered.please stop the hype and sensational attitude of the Monday concourt verdict..it only another step forward on our democracy..we make noise because we have the platform,but there I a silent voter out there who speaks with ballot and we all get stunned by the outcome …don’t be naive ..change should begin with… Read more »

Jack Phiri
Jack Phiri
9 months ago

Overall, whatever the outcome, it was a good struggle. Leaders are shaped through through great battles. Congrats to Dr Chakwera and Saulos Chilima – the brave, opposition parties of the Malawi Presidential Elections of 2019. May the best man win.

Phwisa
Phwisa
9 months ago

How many changes shall we have. Can MCP bring change? Zopusa!

Mtete
Mtete
9 months ago
Reply to  Phwisa

Kindagarten thinking

Levious
9 months ago
Reply to  Phwisa

Mbewa za Mtalika zisowa kolowera
Kutha kwa Jane stupid Asaaaah!

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