Airtel Malawi, TNM dismiss Mutharika rigging tantrums

Airtel Malawi and TNM plc, the country’s integrated information and communications technology and mobile phone network operators, have dismissed President Peter Mutharika’s rigging tantrums, saying their networks cannot be used for such an exercise in the May 21 2019 watershed polls.

Kamoto: The claims are false

President Mutharika at the weekend issued a stern warning against alleged but undisclosed plotters of vote rigging.

His outburts were seen to be an insinuation to State vice-president Saulos Chilima.

Chilima, who is UTM Party presidential candidate, has stressed that no-one is capable of rigging an election. He said rigging claims are meant to disenfranchise voters  from turning to cast their ballots, hence urged Malawians to  ignore the claims and instead exercise their right to vote.

In a statement seen by Nyasa Times, managing director of Airtel, Charles Kamoto, says the allegations that Airtel would help rig the highly contentious May 21 tripartite election are uttery false.

“Airtel Malawi wants to reassure customers that the integrity of the network is paramount to our commitment towards providing the best possible service.

“Our network, which is regularly updated, is safe, secure and robust,” reads the statement.

Kamoto says furthermore, Airtel Malawi is continuously guided by its license and regulations in running its operations in line with the law and international telecommunications standards.

In a separate statement, TNM says it is not involved in any plans to rig the forthcoming elections in Malawi.

The statement says TNM has not seen any signs of such things happening.

“As a regulated network in Malawi, TNMPLC is not involved in any law breaking plans in anyway,” says the statement.

The statement assures TNM subscribers that the network is safe to use and compliant with the security and safety standards of its users.

Mutharika alleged at a political rally in Ntchisi that a certain politician is using experts from India, Russia and Nigeria to rig the election using Airtel and TNM networks.

Malawi has since put the three countries as security risk.

In a memo dated April 23, 2019 and addressed to all heads of sections in the country’s border posts, the Immigration department advises officers to exercise caution in processing visa applications from risky countries and cites Nigeria, India and Russia.

Head of Chancery at the Nigerian embassy Ibrahim Ghani and Indian High Commission to Malawi Anil Suli expressed shock that Malawi has categorised their countries as risky.

The two countries said the government of Malawi has not communicated to them over the issue.

Ghani said: “At no time have we been told that Nigeria is classified as Category 1 of high risk countries. But we cannot make our official position now before the ministry of Foreign Affairs communicates to us formally.”

He also said Nigeria has not received any complaint from the government of Malawi on any suspicious activities by its citizens.

Besides the three countries, a list from the Immigration department shows that category 1 has 50 other countries such as Angola, DRC, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Senegal.

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BigMan
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BigMan

The state house is empty.

hope
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Chitsiru chili ndi mwini

Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

Muthalika’s worry is not about rigging. Neither is it about losing. Rather it is about the unavoidable arrest for the corruption he, his wife and cronies have championed. Malawi has never witnessed corruption of this magnitude before.

Backbencher
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Backbencher

Sipafuka utsi popanda moto, Ife takhala tikunena kuti chisankho cha 2014 chinali chobela lero siizi. Atambwali sametana, munthuyu chomwe akunena akuchiziwa. Musaiwale Chilima wakhalanso akunena kuti if it was not for him DPP would not have won if you think that was merely a political gaffe then you should remember that until then Chilima was a non entity in the political arena meaning that his role was to rig the elections using Airtel n TNM. So the big man knows what he si talking about.

In short MCP should be given a chance otherwise DPP n UTM are the same!!!

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

Non entity In the political arena, who came into politics with experience??? Bingu became a President whilst he was a non entity just to borrow your English, Peter was a non entity when he came President. What is this non entity story about? The issue is that Peter as head of state it’s a non starter or senseless to go on the podium to complain or level an allegation yet hlif he has the intelligence report he has to act not reprimand. Chakwera & Chilima can say cos they can’t act as they don’t have the powers to arrest. For… Read more »

NYO
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NYO

I WONDER MBULI ZOSAKONDA DZIKO LA MALAWI ZIKUKAKAMILABE NDI DPP/MCP…CHOOSE A LEADER WHO CAN DEVELOP THIS COUNTRY…WHO IS DR SKC CHILIMA..A MAN WITH VISION…HE IS ANGRY WTH WHAT NOSENSE THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN MALAWI NOW….HE WAS BORN TO CHANGE MALAWI FOR BETTER FUTURE….MAY GOD BE WITH YOU CHILIMA…MULUNGU MULIKO GUIDE SKC ON THIS COMING ELECTIONS….AMEN

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
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Yasser Arafat Hamdani

Has he ever developed any country? Stop this act of kukweza galu mu mtengo. His anger is for being caught red-handed wanting to still or in a terrorist style, hijack a certain political party. Analepheretsedwa.

Kaitano
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Kaitano

AIRTEL & TNM Managers says,their networks will not be used for such an exercise in the May 21st 2019 watershed polls like last time, because our Boss Chilima was the one who forced us to do that, but we all knew that this will hunt him left right because it was not good for all Malawians, so this time we are not participating in this election because we can not steal a million votes from Chakwera, this time it looks like this guy Chakwera God is fighting for him, I can give you examples, do you know that Chakwera has… Read more »

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
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Yasser Arafat Hamdani

Who is the owner of this stupid posting? The networks/fake accent ex-reverend/you Kaitano?

mtete
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mtete

It’s very rare that you hear of a sitting president, with all the State Facilities at his disposal, spending sleepless nights over imaginary rigging of an election.

Our president is having nightmares.

PHANANA
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PHANANA

INU PETER MUTHALIKA NDI CHITSIRU AKUZIWA KUTI SANGAWINE NDIYE AKUFUNA KUPEZA ZIFUKWA AZIZATI ANDIBERA NDIMENE AMAPANGIRA MUNTHU AKAMAFA

Kaitano
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Kaitano

So should we say, the fight between Chilima and Peter is the betterment of MCP not to be robbed again? He he he!!! It looks like God is fighting for mcp the way I see here. These two gentlemen are fighting for what they know themselves ehee!

Ndumiso
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Ndumiso

Ya neh

NYO
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NYO

KAITANO FORGET ABT MCP…UTM WINS WITH ITS GD MANIFESTO AND REPUTATION

ODYA ZAKE ALIBE MULANDU
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ODYA ZAKE ALIBE MULANDU

Kaboko president wanuyi ali ndi mantha a ukalamba so mwanyi akumuopa apa vomelani kuti 2014 munabela zisankho through wachinyamatayi