Chilima, Chakwera join Malawi mass protests challenging Mutharika’s legitimacy: ‘Kuti Tisaope!’

Malawi’s major opposition leaders who participated in the last month’s presidential race and they are disputing them results in court on Thursday came together to lead anti-government protests held across the country.

Demonstrations over fraudulent elections target Malawian president Peter Mutharika and Malawi Electoral Commission chair Jane Ansah
Protests have seen calls for MEC chairwoman Jane Ansah to step down.

 

Chilima and Chakwera in the streets: If courts will not order re-run, elections are not due again in Malawi until 2024, and Mutharika is barred from seeking a third term.
Malawi must find a peaceful solution to the electoral impasse
Led by human rights activists, protestors also complain of autocratic kleptocracy
The tension won’t die down
Demonstrators pull down President Mutharika’s banner at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre
A protestor carrying his banner
Some of the protestors
One of the banners read: Muthatrika must fall, Jane Ansah must resign

The marches, organised by civil action groups, started peacefully in the four major cities of the country as thousands of Malawians are protesting results of the May 21 Presidential elections which declared President Peter Mutharika winner and want to force Jane Ansah and all Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners resign.

President Mutharika was sworn in for a second term in Malawi late last month, but opposition protesters are challenging the legitimacy of his recent re-election, based on widespread allegations of vote-rigging.

UTM Party president Saulos Chilima – immediate past State vice president – boosted the morale of the marchers when he joined them in Lilongwe before Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera joined and walked together in the frontline.

Clad in red golf shirt and camouflage trousers, Chilima urged the protesters to be peaceful but said this was the right to demonstrate against the manipulation of the presidential election in favour of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Mutharika.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, social and governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali said while the demonstrations might be against MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah to resign, it is important not to miss the bigger message being sent by the large crowds that have attended these demonstrations.

“ The bigger message being sent is that the majority of Malawians do  not want President Mutharika to be there leader, and this is partly expressed by the MEC results which showed that at least 62% rejected him,” he said,

“In the absence of 50%+1 electoral system, President Mutharika’s legitimacy will continue to be challenged,” added the governance expert.

In Lilongwe, among others who joined included UTM publicist Joseph Chidanti Malunga, MCP director of youth Richard Chimwendo Banda as well as First Gentleman Richard Banda and other party officials from both UTM and MCP as well as Peoples Party.

In Blantyre, UTM director of youth Bon Kalindo joined the protesters together with UTM secretary general Patricia Kaliati and other civil rights activists on the march.

However, the demonstration were getting out of hand as protestors pulled down President Mutharika’s banner at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre.

Police fired teargas to the protestors but they were not relenting.

Whilst in Zomba, Public Affairs Committee publicity secretary Reverend Father Peter Mulomole was with the protesters.

In Mzuzu, CCAP Livingstonia synod general secretary Rev Levi Nyondo as well as other activists was marching against the presidential poll results.

Some members of Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had threatened to disrupt the protests, but the event passed off without clashes.

This comes after Malawi police fired teargas on  Wednesday to disperse protestors blocking the M1 main route into Lilongwe as President Mutharika was due to enter the capital from  the Southern Region.

In the end, the president entered Lilongwe by a different route.

There is very tight security in all the major cities as the protests are progressing well.

A panel of five judges will rule Friday whether or not to dismiss the election case, as requested by lawyers for Mutharika and his DPP.

Malawi is one of the world’s poorest and most aid-dependent countries.

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Chimbwi
Chimbwi
2 years ago

Dzulo amalawi alankhula okha ,koma lero ngati sizigwirabe mtima tipita konko eish Malawi ndiwathuyu therefore we have no any other place to stay peacefully

Bonney Phiri
Bonney Phiri
2 years ago

Ndilipambuyo pa Chakwera

peter jere former utm employee

yes mwagenda koma a mabungwe kuli zii, if it was police shooting a demontrator bwenzi kuli nkhani, a mkamanga kuli zii, zodiak kuli zii, times kuli osanenapo kanthu akuti these werw peaceful demonttrations my foot, nanga lero poti ku khoti muluza ndiye u wil kill peopletu, a thindwa is ok to pull down bill board for a president and then u said the police provoked the demontrators? a hamprey mvula u are the who destroyed utm company timango we just lilisten mukatokota mmawayilesimu suja mumatenga ndalama za kampani ndaku pereka kwa mkulu wina wache inu loro mufuna mukhale angelo?

Bwandilo
Bwandilo
2 years ago

Pakati pa kukhala VP wa dziko kapena kukhala president wa chipani cha ma MP 4 ine ndingasankhe u VP. Pepa Pumbwa.

Naluso
Naluso
2 years ago

Heads up – Group la DPP ayamba kale kutumizilana ma message kuti mawa agamula kuti kulibe mulandu. Akuti there is nothing that can overturn their victory. The judges are already compromised it seems. Please don’t allow them to let Malawians down. Like this I do not see people voting in 2024, we might as well just accept that DPP and the Lomwes will rule Malawi forever. A revolution is the only way to defeat this criminal regime, believe me.

Ajofia
Ajofia
2 years ago

The mother of all demonstrations. The people have spoken so loudly. Let those who have ears hear and act with full conformity..

Bwandilo
Bwandilo
2 years ago

I am sure Chilima remembers this moment back in 2014 popping Champaign on the other side of the fence! Zosiyirana izi!!

Ochewa
Ochewa
2 years ago

Losing teams joining hands but TOO LATE to be significant kkkkkk😆😆😆😆

Muzanga
Muzanga
2 years ago

This election was definitely not Malawian. A third force is looming behind the scenes. Its neither DPP nor MEC. All current pointers point to an election choreographed in Zimbabwe. Just before the elections Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa cancels a state visit to Zimbabwe and during the pompless inauguration of APM Zimbabwe’s ailing Vice President Chiwengwa was supposed to be the only known guest. In the 2009 election DPP had to rope in the Zimbabwean dreaded Intelligence officials operating from the Zimbabwe Embassy Buildings in Presidential Way kuCity Centre whilst other operatives were planted within MEC operations. The results are there for… Read more »

Cardet wotsutsa
2 years ago

Today is gone tione mawa tsopno, tikayatse khothi akaka yelekeza kulankhula zopepela, we can’t be forced to be ruled by someone who made himself president by bribing an honorable ladymai Jane Ansa? We will fight to the End

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