Chakwera tells MEC to probe poll rigging claims by President Mutharika

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hoepful Lazarus Chakwera  has told the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to investigate claims by President Peter Mutharika of vote rigging.

Chakwera: MCP will not accept to be robbed of electoral victory this time around

“It is disturbing. It is disturbing to hear from the Head of State suggesting that there are some people who want to derail the law,” said Chakwera.

This follows outbursts by Mutharika on Monday in Ntchisi during a political rally where he said an unnamed politician has hired vote rigging experts from Nigeria and Russia who have brought a rigging machine.

President Mutharika did not name the politician but political analysts say he was levelling the allegations against the vice-president Saulos Chilima who is challenging him for the presidency  during the May 21 highly contentious tripartite election.

Chilima, who is the presidential torch bearer for UTM, has hit back, saying Mutharika is just afraid of his imminent crashing loss during the election.

But Chakwera said there is need for an independent team of investigations to probe the issue.

“We don’t want a nation built on accusations and counter accusations,” said Chakwera.

MEC commissioner Mary Nkosi has challenged Mutharika to bring forward the evidence that some people want to rig the elections.

She said such utterances have potential for voter apathy.

Chilima, a former private sector executive who rose to the position of Airtel Malawi managing director before quitting to partner Mutharika as running mate in the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections,  said the DPP has engaged in “scare mongering” tactics but warned that he and the UTM Party will not be intimidated.

“They are hallucinating ehh mufuna mitible, ehh tikufinyani. Time is up, you will go by people’s vote,  izi zosiyilana,” said Chilima.

Chilima, widely promoted by his initials SKC for Saulos Klaus Chilima, attacked Mutharika for  presiding over corruption and nepotism.

This is the second time for  Chilima to challenge President’s recent rigging claims. In January when Mutharika made similar claims, he said in quotes reported  by The Nation newspaper : “You [the President] say you know who is here to rig, you know the equipment is here for rigging and you know where the equipment is; and then you are doing nothing about it? As President, you could have sent police to arrest those involved… ”

But presidential press secretary and spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani said at that  time  Chilima “cannot tell the President what to do. The government machinery will pounce on the rigging plot when it is necessary”.

Ironically, after being declared winner of the 2014 presidential race, Mutharika is on record to have dismissed his predecessor Joyce Banda’s claims that the election was rigged, telling British Broadcasting Corporation on May 22 2014: “I don’t see how an opposition party can rig elections.”

Previously, Chakwera  claimed the DPP   manipulated the results of the 2014  Tripartite Elections which saw President Mutharika—with Chilima as running mate—winning by 36 percent. MCP’s Chakwera finished second with 27 percent.

There are assertions that Chilima helped DPP rig 2014 elections and MCP  had previously asked him to thoroughly explain what it called a ‘truth’ that Chakwera won.

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Aka
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Aka

If you follow the political scene in the country now, it simply shows that power is drifting away from the angry man! The first defensive mechanism is to breathe anger and threats! Those are signs of denial but acceptance will come

Nalingula
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Nalingula

A Keen Observer Kwinako MCP yayendako Khale pano its Time to Rejuvenate the Base Sinanga Aboza Mwachuluka.Mutoopseza Anthu kuti Chisankho Muzabera Cholinga Anthu Asazatuluke pa 21 May…To MCP strategists also Give Mia Nkhotakota and Salima.People went to Register in large numbers when he Went there to Mobilise During the Voter Registration… Mumva phainee simunati.

Ntumbuka Mwenecho
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Ntumbuka Mwenecho

Kodi ex-reverend fake accent-wakwera-joisi akamati he will not accept to be robbed again, was he ever robbed before? Is this the reason why he has developed a stone heart in not accepting that he was beaten hands-down by His Excellency Professor Peter Arthur Mutharika? Most Malawians will be happy to continue seeing him as leader of opposition making his parliamentary interventions with his fake accent.

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Fake mtumbuka, fake president of Malawi everything is fake in you. You speak like you like your president, fake as well. You speak like you went to school, fake again, you speak like you think, fake again, in fact you are fake!!!

Maunits
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Maunits

MEC should get prepared to cause anarchy in the country and blood shed if this is not taken seriously. People will not allow and it is impossible in the history of multiparty that one can be president of the country with only vote without MPs. No no no no

PHANANA
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PHANANA

IFE A MCP TIKUDALIRA PEMPHERO MOSOGOZEDWA NDI YEHOVA WAKUMWAMBA NDI CHIKHULUPILIRO NDI CHIYEMBEKEZO IFE YEHOVA ATI TSOGOLERA NDIPO TIWINA ZISANKHOZI

PHANANA
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PHANANA

NO WAY WE ARE AND STEADY THIS TIME 2019 OUR WEAPON IS GOD IN HEAVEN NOT PHYSICAL POWER LAZARUS GUIDED BY GOD IN HEAVEN SHALL WIN THE ELECTIONS IFE A MCP TIKUDALIRA PEMPHERO LOKHA BASI NDI MPHAMVU ZA YEHOVA

The advocator
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Kkkk asali ndimulungu ndiwoti? Musamanamizire mulungu mukukwanilitsa zofuna mtima wanu. Yesu sanadziveke kapena kukakamira ufumu.. Just accept you are in politics of which olo mutakana its a dirty game. Musamanyozetse Mulungu wamoyo ndizozizira zadziko zanuzo. Ngati mwasankha mulungu, siyani zochita kaisala apange kaisala

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Hell! Did he say you should back him? Is he your uncle? We are asking him to give us victory over you vipers! !!!

Chipalamandule
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Chipalamandule

MCP dont sleep. We will be robbed if we are not careful. Wake up!

che chikopweche akwa mapwisera
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che chikopweche akwa mapwisera

EEEEEE waluza kale APM wayamba kale kunjenjemera kuti njenjenje pano mukati nthumbidwa zija zayamba kukuopsezanitu where is gogo nkhalamba che Guduwelo nyagondwe kaphantengo yona wazibwano ziwiri ndi nkhongo ziwiri

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

MCP will not gonna win the elections they might win more MPs but the popular vote will never gonna take it. Look they’re busy campaigning in Ntchisi, Dowa, Kasungu yet those areas MCP will win votes, instead of concentrating in the areas where they’re weak. I personally wish UTM all the best BUT people must watch out DPP’s formula it’s a winning formula. DPP is not wasting time with Thyolo, Mulanje, Phalombe etc. They’re busy in areas where they’re weak so that they might get something there plus what they have from their stronghold is equal to victory. Having said… Read more »

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Kikkkkk that’s keen observation, observe again, MCP is every where kikkkkk! Here you see Chakwera only, where is Mia? Go lake shore, go to South people are there doing the same. Hehehehehehheehe!

otate
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otate

this is not true that mcp will never win an election. you always rig the elections thats why now all thieves are busy watching ones movement as they know how they both do it to rig. unfortunately to the dpp according to mec registration figures the south has registered pathetically low numbers, which will make mcp have an upper hand in the central and north and again in the south we have mia doing the campaign. mwangwa nayo ulendo uno palibe kuba mbava zokhazokha zikukhaulitsana achilungamo ayende moyera.

SYMPA
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SYMPA

Central region has more registered voters and MCP should continue consolidating its voters….let MIA , Mkandawire. and other officials concentrate on those other regions

Gona pa Muhanya
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Gona pa Muhanya

UTM Pangani zanu ife tikulimbana ndi kutenga boma osati UTM convenience party kapena kunena kuti chipani chopangidwa chifukwa cha zisankho.