Britain tips Malawi on preparing people for election case outcome: ‘Prioritise the interests of all’

A stitch in time serves nine, so goes the saying and Britain is tipping Malawi political parties to enlighten their supporters on court process and outcomes, saying the Constitutional Court judgement on the presidential election nullification petition could lead to more violence and are calling for peace and unity in Malawi.

Palmer: UK warns on Malawi presidential elections case
Mathew: Stress need to prepare supporters on case outcome

Britain, Malawi’s former colonial master and one of the major cooperating partners, said through the Director for Africa from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Harriet

Mathews, and the Director for Western and Southern Africa from the Department for International Development, Debbie Palmer that political leaders should coordinate clear messages to their supporters highlighting respect for the court process.

The two United Kingdom (UK) officials made the remarks at the end of their visit to Malawi from November 6 to 8 this year.

According to British High Commission communication officer Benson Linje in a statement he made available to Nyasa Times, the two top British officials  met with a broad range of stakeholders including senior government and security service representatives, opposition, civil society and business leaders, and human rights defenders during their visit in Lilongwe.

“They had the opportunity to deliver messages from the British government about the UK’s concerns regarding the current tension and instability in Malawi and the reform challenge,” reads the statement.

Their call for political leaders to prepare their supporters to accept the decision of the court comes after Malawi Law Society (MLS) and South Africa-based Malawian Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church in October made the same call.

Bushiri and MLS asked President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the country’s immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima now heading UTM Party and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera to prepare their supporters for both negative and positive outcomes from the case.

The UK call comes also amid sticky negotiations set in motion by former president Bakili Muluzi and Public Affairs Committee in which the conflicting parties have reached no tangible deal yet.

Specifically the UK directors noted with concern the reports of violence in the country.

“In particular they noted the allegations of violence against human rights defenders, the security services, political leaders, women and girls; and the tensions between regional, tribal and religious groupings.

“They condemned any form of violence and urged all allegations of violence and criminal acts to be investigated promptly and impartially,” reads the statement.

Palmer and Mathews also noted the concerns of all stakeholders that the upcoming court ruling on presidential elections nullification petition case could lead to further violence in the country.

They strongly encouraged all political leaders to coordinate clear messaging to their supporters highlighting respect for the Court process and outcomes.

The British officials stressed the need for the elite to move beyond the politics of exclusion, tackle corruption and prioritise the interests of all Malawians.

“Malawi has a strong history of finding peaceful resolution to disputes and tensions.The UK will continue to work side by side with all stakeholders to support Malawi through this period of instability as well as on the longer-term challenges facing the country,” reads the statement.

In October, Bushiri speaking on the political situation currently rocked by tension resulting from violent demonstrations following the disputed May 21 presidential elections noted that political leaders appear to have vowed to continue disagreeing without an end.

“We are living in a State where our leaders have agreed to completely disagree not to disagree to agree. This is not on,” he said.

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Michael Emmanuel
Michael Emmanuel
2 years ago

I’m afraid that if the political parties don’t join hands and agree on oneness and some way accept the Court judgement on the election case, Malawi then,will soon be in blood and cries…. Let’s pray hard citizens….

Ochewa Dala
Ochewa Dala
2 years ago

Azungu you’re very right,,, anthu agulefe penapake sitimvetsetsa

Kaka
Kaka
2 years ago

Vindere vakufikapo vivazungu Ivo. Busy kutibera myala yathu. Fuckup we don’t need them

Achiswe'.'
2 years ago

Correction: The saying is, ‘A stitch in time saves nine’. The version heading the article doesn’t make sense.

TARRIQ
TARRIQ
2 years ago

The same country that is actively sabotaging a referendum wants to lecture us about elections. FUCK OFF. TAKE YOUR MONEY AND GET THE FUCK OUT OF OUR COUNTRY!

AID is a racket. get these charlatans out.

Mwene
Mwene
2 years ago

If what the MCP IT witness has disclosed is true then all Commissioners, MEC management team and its IT team must be dismissed, arrested and charged of Treason for subverting Malawian wishes. They should all be locked up. This might also have happened in 2014!!!!!

Che Wanimiliyoni
Che Wanimiliyoni
2 years ago

I can indeed smell a bloody 2020. The political parties, executive, legislature, NGOs and law enforcement agencies must come together and agree on a road map especially if concourt rule in favour of rerun. Will the current president be allowed to rule up until, if there will be an appeal, the supreme court makes its ruling and/or rerun results are declared or will there be need for an interim president in between the court judgement(s)and rerun declaration? If need of interim president who can that be? Practically how long will it take to hold the rerun? Failure to agree on… Read more »

che nnungu
2 years ago

The useless guys are DPP and Jane Ansah. If things went as the masses voted this couldnt have reached this far. They just have to accept what we voted for and everything will be fine. Mutharika is ruling illegally he didnt win the election

mpilu
mpilu
2 years ago

galu ndi pitala ndi jeni for their wicked plan to foil the nation
we wudnt come to this situation if the election was fair. nyonyonyo jeni kumaujeni kwako. tikuochani tsopano. ife kudzuka usiku kukafola pa nzere iwe uli bize ndi mamuna wako mu bed. wasted our time.
and kaphale pls stop kutidyetsa njomba coona mukucidziwa kale etini ,fosteke

Pan-Africanist
Pan-Africanist
2 years ago

Leave Malawi to Malawians akanganya inu. Tip your prime minister and Queen how to handle Brexit. Musatitopetsepo apa. It’s time for Africa to take care if itself, we don’t need recolonisation. It’s time for Africa to colonise Europe

Joovido
Joovido
2 years ago
Reply to  Pan-Africanist

My friend it’s just an advance they are giving us. Kodi ukakhala ndi mwana osamva malangizo zimathandauza kuti usalangize mwana wa mzako? ???

Kaitano
Kaitano
2 years ago
Reply to  Pan-Africanist

Kulephela kunvatu uku, sizachilendo nkhani pa Court ikupweteketsa moyo iyi.

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