Chakwera condemns Malawi as ‘mafia state’: Urges citizens to rise up

Malawi’s opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has condemned the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials for being a crime enterprise which they are bound together to create a virtual “mafia state”.

Chakwera: I reject the Malawi Electoral Commission’s fraudulent presidential results

Chakwera said this on Friday at a news conference when he officially rejected the result of last week’s presidential election, saying he had launched a court battle to have the vote annulled on the grounds of fraud.

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader lost the election by just 159,000 votes to incumbent president Peter Mutharika, who was hurriedly sworn into office just a day after the delayed result was issued on Monday and his inauguration was taking press in Blantyre while Chakwera was addressing journalists in the capital Lilongwe.

“What we have witnessed in front of our very eyes is not an election, but daylight robbery, a crime against our decency as a people and our democracy as a nation,” he said.

He said the people who stole the election were expecting that once Mutharika  gets sworn in and  inaugurated, “their crimes will be buried, the money they have been paid will be  hidden, and we will all give up on reclaiming our stolen rights and votes while we suffer in silence for another five years.”

But Chakwera said he will fight on and “show them that it is they who are mistaken and they who are  about to be scattered.”

“This election has laid bare the corruption that has contaminated all our governance  institutions. The corruption done in this election is an indictment on all of us, whether we are citizens who have allowed it to be done in our name or foreigners who have watched it happen in our face.

“We have all colluded to create a society in which thieving is a rewarding trade, and so all of us must stand up together to fix it now,” said Chakwera.

The MCP leader said he is aware that the DPP’s “illegal ascension to the presidency”  has already started to inflict suffering on innocent Malawians.

Chakwera said the DPP administration has already started showing “the lawless acts of a mafia state”, saying it is imperative that Malawians end  “this state capture by thieves in order to end these abuses and ensure that those  committing them face the law.”

According to Chakwera, it is clear from the “rigging” of thr election that there is  struggle for Malawi to be free.

MCP last weekend had won a brief court injunction to halt the release of the results, claiming “very glaring irregularities”.

The party said that results sheets were covered in correction fluid  – Tippex – and some sheets from polling stations far apart had the same handwriting.

The injunction was lifted on Monday by High Court judge Charles Mkandawire and Mutharika was declared the winner hours later.

At his swearing-in on Tuesday, Mutharika urged opposition parties to accept the outcome, saying “they have to accept that there can only be one winner.”

Mutharika won the ballot with 38.57 percent of the vote, against Chakwera on 35.41 percent.

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Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Hey hey hey we are not talking of accent here. If no fundo better kip mouth shut and watch.
Think of the fiture of Mw bcoz it starts today.
Anthu amalankhulatu ngati ali mu tunnel. Nanga zimanena pitala zimaveka? Whether cizungu olo cicewa olo awelenge,mumavako azanga? Wanu wa khwawe mkamwayu.
Lets talk sense here

Peace
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Peace

Reverend Chakwera will never rule this country! Power hungry and thirsty for wealth. Lord forbid!

Malawi pastor
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Malawi pastor

The courts in Malawi ARE corrupt! A good christian man built an orphanage which was later stolen by a worker, the ”judge”, a woman GAVE the building and land to a relative – thief, it was then sold to use the £8000 to go abroad on holiday, new clothes, cars, plus plus… the courts are the same as the police at the road blocks, stopping innocent drivers and accusing them of whatever comes to mind but will ”look away’ for a payment…Malawi is a VERY WEALTHY country, nowhere near third world…millions are going into this country via China, UK, Canada… Read more »

Toka
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Toka

The author should first of all realise that Chakwera did not lose the elections to Peter Mutharika neither any of the presidential candidates. Chakwera won the elections but MEC in conjunction with DPP doctored the results in favour of agogo. That’s why MCP filed a case to court disputing the results. MCP has overwhelming evidence that there was total rigging. If our courts are not corrupt, the country will witness nullification of the results and order for a recount which will then emerge Chakwera as a legitimate winner.

Madukano
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Madukano

Hw many mps did he have if you say he didn’t lose

Tozer Tsono
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Tozer Tsono

Mr. Chakwera you need to look at both sides. If you had been elected’ how would you expect the losing side to behave? Transparency is the rule of the game. Be transparent and prove your case in the courts. Otherwise rioting will tarnish the MCP image further, and indeed your own. You and Other candidates are partners in a democratic Malabi. The credibility of your challenge should be upheld by a credible institution, in this case, the court system or judicial branch. You may start by suing Judge Ansah to learn what she knows about the changes to votes whether… Read more »

oMachemba
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oMachemba

The way oChakwera puts it, in accusatory form, it is all Malawians that are morally bankrupt, and he’s the righteous one! All Malawians against the power of ONE. Well, oChakwera bwana, the track record of challenging national election results is indicative that your case will not succeed, and so one must question the wisdom of spending the resources on this case. Easy to spend other people’s donated money: Would you spend your own money on this, honestly? The Mias and other donors, who were expecting dividends can suck it up. They LOST the bets. On the subject of getting Malawians… Read more »

Ntumbuka Mwenecho
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Ntumbuka Mwenecho

This foolish fake accent ex-reverend is so power greedy such that he is prepared to use the ugliest labels in his narrow unaccredited seminary English to label his own homeland and systems therein. All because the majority of the voters did not vote for him? Very stupid. Mac hendes a lend-e-lend-e yours. You will never become president for Malawi. We Malawians do not deserve such a greedy and vulgar leader.

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Be careful with your tongue brother or sister since this name lilibe mwini, thints are happening somewhere and I’m sorry that you can’t see.

Sir Mbewe
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Sir Mbewe

I can not see any logic in Chakwera’s statement. MCP is a stakeholder of MEC and MCP had monitors who provided its tally centres with electoral results which were congruent with MEC and MEJN results. If anything, Chakwera has to provide tangible evidence of cheating from the tippexed result sheet. Most sheets with tippex were done for valid reasons.

katayeni chitutu
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katayeni chitutu

THEIVES THEIVES……PANOPA NDIYE AGWETSADI CHINYUMBA CHA ESCOM CHIJA PA K650,000,000.00 KOMASO NDI CHOLINGA CHOTHAWA MA FORENSIC EXPERT PA NKHANI ZOFUFUZA MAYAKIDWE A MOTO

Henry joseph sekeni
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WHEN ALL THIS BEGIN TO HAPPEN LIFT UP YOUR HEADS FOR REDEMPTION IS AT HAND.