Chakwera, Chilima shun Mutharika’s swearing-in: Ex-president Muluzi attends

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera who is contesting the outcome of the May 21 presidential election in court shunned the swearing-in of President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Stadium on Tuesday.

Welcome statesman: DPP’s vice president (south) Kondwani Nankhumwa welcome former president Bakili Muluzi
Former president Muluzi sean here seated next to Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah

MCP secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka said Chakwera could attend the ceremony as the party maintains  arguing that there had been serious irregularities during the counting of votes cast.

Apart from Chakwera, former vice president Saulos Chilima, who also lost in the presidential race when be came a distant third with about 20 percent of the total vote, did not attend the event as Everton Chimjulirenji succeded him.

Also conspiously absent was another presidential hopeful Atupele Muluzi, a former Cabinet minister, who came fourth with about 4 percent of the votes under the banner of his United Democratic Front (UDF).

Former president Joyce Banda, who backed Chakwera in the presidential race, was also no show as she was reportedly away in Portugal.

But  former leader Bakili Muluzi, who governed Malawi from 1994 to 2004, attended the swearing-in ceremony.

Chakwera vows to fight on with the elections case after High Court judge Charles Mkandawire gave his party permission to commence judicial review.

He says there must be consequences for flouting electoral guidelines.

‘‘It’s an electoral system in which officers of the electoral commission can use Tipp-Ex (correction fluid) on results sheets from all over the country… and yet there are no consequences,”Chakwera said.

Chakwera polled 35.41%, falling short of president Peter Mutharika’s winning 38.57% by just 159,000 votes.

Saulos Chilima, who was Mutharika’s deputy during his first term, polled 20.24% having quit the ruling party to contest the presidential poll. He conceded defeat on Monday and wished his former boss a fruitful second term.

Mutharika campaigned for a second five-year term on a record of improving roads and power infrastructure in the impoverished southeast African country.

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winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

CRY OUR BELOVED MALAWI !!!!!!!!!!! Onence again,Malawians have been thrown under the bus by two SATANS IN THE NAMES OF BINGU WA MUTHALIKA the big THIEF AND THE YOUNG BROTHER BY THE NAME OF MATHANYULA MUTHALIKA.It is indeed,the biggest SHAME on Malawians Africa has had gone through.How would two people manage to make TWO EVILS rule 18 million people? How would Masauko Chipembere who fought hard to liberate our country and to be burried in a fallen land? How would Kanyama Chiume feel where he was burried on Lilongwe grave yards,How is orton Chirwa feels in the soil of his… Read more »

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

Kikiki Chilima won with 20%! Delusions.
Where was the diapora vote you were touting so much?

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Kikkkkkk hahahahahahahaha! I told this dude Msowaya that you will be on position 3. Anyway DPP did not win the election against Chakwera and Chilima, it won against MEC.

Nzika
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Nzika

Mwini Munda, Awatu sadzatha ngati makatani ayi koma chikolopa, chifukwa makatani akatha mumakhoza kuwagwiritsa ntchito ina Pomwe chikolopa chikatha chimangotayidwa basi!

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

Muluzi there for his court crimes to be delayed till his death and beg for son to be in cabinet again! Thus the Malawi I know better! Shalom

madando
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madando

mmmmm

madando
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madando

MADANDO KU MEC

Toka
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Toka

It’s only in Malawi where the whole honourable judge of supreme court in the land can easily be bribed in order to favor a sitting president. It’s only in Malawi where election results can be tippexed and the whole MEC chair sees nothing wrong with that. It’s only in Malawi where the whole MEC chairman ignore grievances from opposition parties just because she’s afraid of vomiting billions of kwachas she pocketed.

Kotakota mtalamo
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Kotakota mtalamo

Amalawi tidazolowela mavuto,sindinaona dziko la anthu ogona ngati malawi,kusekelera mbamva zoona shame

No show Chimulilenji
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No show Chimulilenji

Only in this ‘impoverished South African country’ do you tippex in instead of being voted in presidents no wonder the country will remain behind when all our neighbors are so many years ahead of us and still making great strides in developments.

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

Joisi Banda wathawanso, already? Again?

Mwini-Munda
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Mwini-Munda

Even being invited, no sane person would associate with a group of thieves. Chi mnzimayi choyipa mtima chokonda ndalama chi Ansa. Ndalama zomwe munalandira is blood money. People are dying in hospitals because there are no medicines. Children are learning under trees… Inu muli busy kugawana mikonkho yathu. Mukhale otembereredwa miyoyo yani nonse a DPP and Ansa. I have always said and I said the same during UDF when they were doing things with impunity. Tsiku lina muzatha ngati makatani. When the masses are crying and a few enjoying, ndi tsoka limenero. Zimenezo sititumbwa nazo.

Tsono
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Tsono

But why did Lazalo associate with the quee of cashgate Joyce Hilda Ntila Banda?

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

There is no evidence that Ntila Banda is associated with cashgate. If anything, she was the only person who was courageous to order for investigations into the scandal. If she was involved she would have not out of fear of being implicated.