Chakwera rolls out ‘justice rallies’: ‘Quest for Malawi electoral justice crucial’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has said he has rolled out ‘justice rallies’ and that he will be speaking to Malawians across the country as they wait for justice in the elections case.

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Chakwera, who alongside UTM Party president Saulos Chilima is challenging the presidential race results in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, told a  meeting on Sunday at Kanjuwi primary School ground in Traditional Authority Khombedza in Salima that  he will be updating Malawians on the progress of the court petition hearing.

He appealed l to Malawians to continue with prayers and fasting so that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government must fall through the will and power of both God and man.

Chakwera cascaded his slogan that has already occupied much public space and hearts that “For Malawi to Rise, Mutharika Must Fall”.

He said: “People cannot trust a government that was acquired illegally and that is why we are waiting for the court to hear the outcome.”

Chakwera said they have objective material evidence to prove their case of electoral fraud and that the electoral body failed to manage the May 21 Tripartite Elections which were marred by irregularities, including the use of Tippex to alter some results sheets.

“The issue of Tippex was confirmed even by Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Jane Ansah and indeed it was used. We need justice to be done,” he said.

Chilima and Chakwera filed separate petitions disputing the May 27 Malawi Electoral Commission declaration of Mutharika as winner of the presidential race with 1 940 709 votes representing 38.57 percent followed by Chakwera with 1 781 740 votes representing 35.41 percent with Chilima finishing third and ahead of four other aspirants with 1 018 369 votes representing 20.24 percent.

The two cited irregularities, especially in the results management process, as some of the factors justifying nullification of the presidential election.

During the rally, Chakwera urged his followers to keep joining demonstrations organised by civil society organisation (CSOs) who are calling for the resignation of MEC chairperson Ansah.

Chakwera stressed that people should exercise their right to demonstrate and faulted the Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service, Rodney Jose, for ordering the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to stop convening demonstrations in the country.

MCP leader said Police chief’s decision is tantamount to the State abrogating its responsibility, saying he   has no powers to suspend any part of the Malawi constitution and that his letter is tantamount to a declaration of a state of emergency.

“I wish to remind the IG, in case he has forgotten that as the general public we know and do appreciate that the Malawi Police Service has highly professional and dedicated men and women who are willing to safeguard peace in this country. Do not dim their light by standing in their way as they diligently and bravely serve this country and its citizens,” said Chakwera.

During the rally Chakwera also touted his ‘Super Hi5’, a five-point development plan which, he claims, is meant to make Malawi a land of opportunity for all and not for just a privileged few.

He reminded Malawians that the vision lives on and will soon be the key strategic framework for shaping the social economic development agenda in Malawi.

Speaking at  the same rally, former president Joyce Banda, leader of People’s Party (PP) said Malawi needs Chakwera most as he is the person who can end the impunity which is locking this country and blasted First Lady Gertrude Mutharika of extravagant  during a private visit in London last week to celebrate her son’s graduation from a British university.

Media reports claim the president’s wife blew £80,000 (about K61 200 00) of taxpayer funds on the lavish trip, which included the vice president’s wife Judith Chimulirenji.

MCP Vice President Sidik Mia also spoke against impunity by the same DPP government.

Commenting on the MCP rally in Salima, Chris Chaima Banda, a development economist and long serving British civil service technocrat, told Nyasa Times that Chakwera is conducting “justice rallies” on two fronts.

He said Chakwera wants to appraise Malawians on the progress the party is making in the court in elections case ad that he is also using these rallies to outline the key strengths of the case, overwhelming evidence of electoral fraud presented to the court and the quality of the legal team that has been assembled.

Secondly, Chaima Banda noted that as a leader of MCP, Chakwera is acknowledging that the party parliamentary primaries had anomalies and divided MCP members.

“On this matter these rallies are serving as a platform upon which the MCP president is delivering restorative justice. Uniting his party members without seeking to finger point at anybody.

“In that way all MCP members are able to come together in unity as one family with pride. In my view this is the most pragmatic approach that any leader can go to the people with through rallies, at a time when Malawi is fragmenting as a nation,” said Chaima Banda.

He said the electoral justice can contribute to the consolidation of democratic governance.

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Shonai
1 year ago

Very pity abusao.Kuyendera nzeru za chilima.Amalawi kugonekedwa tulo ndi nkhani zolenga.Chilima ndi njoka kukhala pamudzi anthu onse kuthawa.Iye tchito yake miseche,kuyang’ana za ena,manveranvera.Kupeketsa nkhani za bodza.KHALIDWE LOIPA LOPHASULA.MOTI AMALAWI MONSE MUJA OSAMUWERENGA.AKUTI IYE NDI M’NGELO.ABUSA AKUPWETEKETSANI.

Linya
Linya
1 year ago

Our lord is the God of piece not of brutality,anger ,destroying peoples property ,chasing other tribes from your strongwood ,destroying roads ,torching schools and police building .Abusa stop cheating people game yagona basiiii just accept

Kaitano
Kaitano
1 year ago
Reply to  Linya

You don’t know who Chakwera is, even your bubu can not match to this handsome man, very intelligent, calm, if you don’t believe what I’m telling you, ask your bubu, he has many names from this Chakwera. Ndiye zimene mwayamba zokhudza our culture mpaka using a gun???? Hahahahahahaha we are watching you very soon we will meet but because Dr Chakwera and Dr Chilima who are telling us not to revenge, man! This side we have Lwomwes, we can turn the table anytime.

Namarokoro thako panja
Namarokoro thako panja
1 year ago

Chim’busa cha mtundu wanji chosafuna kubvomereza kuti chinalephera chitsankho and move ahead for the sake of the people of the poorest country. All he wants is to become a president basi. Kuuma mtima kwa mtundu wanji

Kaitano
Kaitano
1 year ago

Choka iwe cadet, ukhaula this is Malawi of today, you thought muzilamulira pamene sitinakusankheni? Chi nkhalamba chako ngati chinachita kubela mavoti bwanji osavomeleza kuti sitikuchifuna chisiye u president? Iwe ndi chitsiru kobasi, simunati mwapalamula chitedze. Kagwere uko ukununkha Fisi.

Omex70
Omex70
1 year ago

Kuganiza kopusa uku. Munthu avomereze za chinyengo chifukwa chakuti ndi mbusa? Ndi zomwe mumanamiza kuti tiyeni tibere nkhani sipita patali chifukwa chakuti Chakwera ndi mbusa. Mwalemba mmadzi.

Chigadula Rabson
Chigadula Rabson
1 year ago

I agree with the Rev. Chakwera’s evaluation of the I.G’s ‘Letter of Demand’. The Rev began by saying that the general public knows and appreciates that the Malawi Police Service has some highly professional and dedicated men and women who are willing to safeguard the peace of this country. The recent (Last Friday) peaceful march of the Rumphi protestors is a brilliant example in support of the Rev’s assertion. In one of the photo of the Rumphi protestors, the men and women in uniform can be seen marching cordially with the protestors. The I.G. should contact his Rumphi police heroes… Read more »

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
1 year ago

MULUNGU SYANKHA PEMPHERO LA ANTHU OCHIMWA, AKUPHA AKUBA MAHULE AKADUKA NSANJE

Acapulco
Acapulco
1 year ago

Should the unelected organisers be dictating the day, time and route where people can go and enjoy their rights to protest? Doing so effectively gives the citizens a duty to protest hence the reason fully employed people refuse to join the protest. And only fully employed people can protest without breaking shops

Charie
Charie
1 year ago

Joyce ukanakhala wazeru ukanakhala chete,chakwera uli ndi tsoka angapange mgwirizano ndi munthu wa cash gate .ndi chifukwa chake mwaba katundu wa anthu ambiri inu a MCP ,simudzalamulaso until Jesus Christ come

TOSH
1 year ago

we are fasting and praying, ndipo tikuziwa kuti Mlengi wathu salephera we are going out of Babylon captivity very shortly

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