Chakwera brands Mutharika ‘interim’ president of Malawi: ‘90 days left for him’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera has dared President Peter Mutharika calling him an ‘interim’ president who has 90 days left to be on the seat of power unless he secures a fresh mandate in the presidential elections tentatively slated for July 2 2020.

Chakwera says Mutharika is an interim president, because the Constitutional Court ruling gave his presidency 150 days on February 3, so now he only has 90 days left

Chakwera said this in a special address to the nation televised on Wednesday evening.

“Mutharika is an interim president, because the Constitutional Court ruling gave his presidency 150 days on February 3, so now he only has 90 days left,” said Chakwera.

He accused Mutharika that he has taken several drastic measures to avoid meeting the electorate again on July 2 – except if it is on a playing field skewed steeply to his own advantage.

“Let me be clear: no matter who Mr. Mutharika fires or hires, no matter what country he hires them from, we will not allow anyone to give him another stole victory in this country,” said Chakwera.

Mutharika won the last year’s election with only 38.5% of the vote, just ahead of Chakwera’s 35.4% but the constitutional court ruled on 3 February that his victory was unconstitutional because the constitution demanded that the president be elected by a majority, defined as 50% of the electorate plus one vote.

The court also ruled that the Malawi Electoral Commission was incompetent in its handling of the elections and ordered parliament to chart a course forward for it. The legislators said that the entire commission should be fired.

Chakwera claimed that the fresh elections are already being “manipulated.”

He said: “We cannot have a fair election if the same Commissioners who ruined last year’s elections conduct this year’s fresh elections. That’s why I have joined forces with my alliance partners to stop these Commissioners from conducting another election in this country.”

Chakwera said MEC is not the only institution of the state that is a threat against a free and fair election.

“The National Registration Bureau, the National Intelligence Bureau, ADMARC, the High Court, and the Malawi Defence Force have all been targeted by the DPP to infiltrate them and use them to rig the fresh elections and to stop our ability to stop it,” he said.

Chakwera also echoed claims by group of concerned youths in the party alleging a rigging plot.

“I have even seen evidence from highly placed sources that elements within the State House plan to spy on telephone communications between citizens during the coming campaign. So, we must all be vigilant and expose every criminal attempt to rig this election,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera in his address also urged people to resist acts of some unscrupulous individuals who are allegedly confiscating national identity cards in exchange of loans from the government.

He has called on community leaders, traditional authorities, parliamentarians and ward councillors in the country to form community security teams to respond swiftly to the acts.

“Do not wait for international donors to defend your birthright, nor should you wait for the police and the government to do it, because none of them have lifted a finger to stop this. It is we, as citizens, who must organise ourselves to defend our birthright,” he said.

Continued Chakwera: “So, from now on, everywhere these criminals arrive to offer us money in exchange for our National IDs, we must send them a clear message that our citizenship is not for sale.”

In a statement released Wednesday, Chakwera has called on community leaders, traditional authorities, parliamentarians and ward councillors in the country to form community security teams to respond swiftly to the acts.

“Do not wait for international donors to defend your birthright, nor should you wait for the police and the government to do it, because none of them have lifted a finger to stop this. It is we, as citizens, who must organise ourselves to defend our birthright,” he said.

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani, who is also government spokesperson, described the allegations as “unfounded and junk talk.”

Presidential Press Secretary Mgeme Kalilani also dismissed the rigging allegations, saying they lack substantive evidence and that opposition has always had such accusations every time the country approaches an election.

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Mofolo
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Mofolo

Wakutuma ndani Chakwera a Malawi nkhawa zili Ku mlili wa corona19 osati zokakhala Ku state house can you grow up for once. See the news briefings being done by Governor Cuomo maybe will learn something about crisis leadership. This is not the time for DPP versus MCP learn to put lives of Malawians first not maudindo anu

braveheart
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..munthu opepela uyu.Gule wachabechabe.Ungakhale president iwe!?chiwoneni.MCP kwanu konko..uzitiuza za tambala okuda pano!?kagwere uko gule chakwera!usatinyase!

Jason Bailer
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Jason Bailer

Chakwera has no morals. One wonders how he found himself preaching. There is no DNA in him at all that of a God fearing person. The dude is jealousy, thinks too much of himself and thinks after spilling the beans. Remember his utterances on “shedding blood if he wasn’t made president” – now his guts forces him to vomit another silly statement “Mutharika is an interim and etc etc. Did he not learn a lesson to think first before presenting himself in public like a clown? No matter how he chooses to paint an ugly picture of APM, the dude… Read more »

Analyst
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Analyst

Oh bwana Chakwera please do not be that power hungry. God’s ways are not a man’s ways. This is a time of crisis. Let’s hold our hands and fight this pandemic first

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

The mandate of an interim theiving president ended in May, 2019. Only a deranged person would have the audacity to still carrying out executive appointments. Even Kamuzu had to delegate his executive power to the Presidential Council at some point. Numbskulls never figure out reality till it’s too late.

Omex70
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Omex70

Even this forum has been infilterated by a lot brainless cadets whose job is to castigate the opposition in support of their evil party which is misruling Malawi. Whether you like it or not Chakwera will become president of Malawi. Whatever Chakwera said in his address is true but the cadets are castigating him here because they know that tall their evil schemes are exposed….

Last Man Sitting
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Last Man Sitting

I agree with you he’ll become President of Malawi in 70 years to come…… Halla team LACOSTE 🐊

Prescott Tambuli
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I still recall what you Lazalo said some weeks or months ago. You said you are more ready now than ever before to serve the people of Malawi, Kkkkkkkk, my god. In what capacity are you intending to serve if you bolted from god’s given position as President of Malawi Assemblies of God. Take note that you have already started paying the price of your misjudgment. God gave you a position at the pinnacle of your church, where you were eating a lot of chickens and enjoying free luxuries from your poor followers. Lazalo my friend, may be your fellow… Read more »

Omex70
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Omex70

@Prescott Tambuli, your ascension that Chakwera can be the next president is both laughable and wrong. Your ‘god’ with small g is misleading you but you don’t know.You better start worshipping the true living God with capital G for you to know the truth.

Medson
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Medson

Polani moto bwana Lazarus
Ur anger will not help malawians.Soon were in front line destroying public properties, don’t forget ur own langue.chala sichiloza mwini
I hope u are propheciesing ur own post that u are just an interiam president of the MCP.
Reall president for MCP is coming after 150days.
Opposition leader in parliament that u refused u shall remember it.
Mark my words, MCP u have made our citizens to suffer coz of ur demo.
MCP shall pay for it,and now u are accepting the date of 2july without meeting ur mps,
Shame on u Abusa assemblies of God.

Jamax
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Jamax

Yona iwe you seem to be so hungry for this seat and you want it today not even tommorow but let me tell the trueth God if this position was meant for you God could have given in 2014 and in 2019 but but he has completely denied you that’s why you want to take it by force. Your heart is full of jealous and evil you have tried what you can – you have tried to put a situation of anarchy in this country togather with Mr. Mtambo HRDC but you have failed ask yourself as to why????? Right… Read more »

Za ulendo uno
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You are a Liar. DPP Cadet iwe bakha wachabechabe unya uwona chaka chake ndi chino

Jamax
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Jamax

Gang’a wa kwa Nsundwe ndakuona, paja walonjezedwa kuti ukakhala garden boy ku State House kkkkk!!!!!! am wishing you all the best!!!!!!!

Omex70
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Omex70

You are a big shameless liar. Don’t mention God here because it seems you don’t know how God works.

Joloza
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Chakwera amangochititsa manyazi dzina la Mulungu. Akayankhula chimakhala ngati chayankhula NDI chiwanda. Sindimamva amen. Ulemero unachoka. Watsala NDI mkwiyo ndikuwawidwa mtima. Mulungu wake uti angampatse munthu wankhwizi ngati ameneyu utsogoleri? Munthu osadziwa kuyamika. Omangodziwa kukhadzula azinzake ngati kambuku. Ndichifukwa chake anthu amamutcha warlord. Ufera pa bench ya opposition suzalamulira Malawi.

Omex70
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Omex70

Akanakhala kuti Mulungu ndi atsibweni ako iwe Joloza nkanati ukunena zoona. Sungamve amen kuzonenza za a Chakwera chifukwa umazimva ndi khutu la ukadeti. So leave Chakwera alone. Ife ndiye timadalitsika ndikulimbikitsika ndi zonena zake chifukwa tikudziwa akumenyera ufulu wa anthu akufuna kwabwino

atusaye
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atusaye

ITS TIME TO FIGHT COVID19 NOT ZANDALE TIENI TIZIWISE ANTHU AKUMUZ ZA MLIRI WU NDALE SAMADYA LETS WORK HARD IN HAND FOR THIS PANDEMIC

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