Chilima hypes anti-Madando demo: Warns Ansah to face mob revolt

UTM Party president Saulos Chilima has urged his party supporters and Malawians to join peaceful demonstrations organised by civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to push Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Jane Ansah to resign.

Chilima arriving at Njamba
Chilima: More fire, demos will go on until Ansah resigns
UTM rally at Njamba

Chilima, addressing a televised rally at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre on Sunday, said peaceful demonstration were a right for all as provided in the Constitution .

“The CSOs are holding demonstrations on 4th and 5th July. Let us support them, go konko,” said Chilima.

“We should demonstrate so that Mayi Madando (Ansah) must resign. These demonstrations will not stop until she steps down. This will be second gear if she refuses to go then we will have a lockdown,” said Chilima.

The CSOs, electoral stakeholders and the electorate are demanding Ansah’s resignation on allegations that she failed to handle the May 21 presidential elections, which were marred by alleged irregularities and purportedly favouring President Peter Mutharika.

Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was declared the winner, but other contenders for the presidency, notably Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Chilima of UTM are challenging the results at the Constitutional Court.

However, speaking in an exclusive interview last week with private broadcaster Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Ansah described accusations of her personal bias as unfounded and baseless.

During the interview, Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, rejected any calls for her to resign on principle, saying she will wait for the court’s judgement on the matter to decide whether to call it quits.

She described nationwide demonstrations demanding her resignation as “mob justice”.

But Chilima quashed Ansah, saying the embattled electoral commission chairwoman messed up votes of the mob.

Recently, Chilima also wrote Ansah a letter in which he said he had evidence that the embattled MEC chairwoman spoke to colleagues at the electoral body to work on re-electing Mutharika and stop the possible ascendancy to the vice-presidency of MCP running mate Muhammad Sidik Mia allegedly for being a Muslim.

During the ZBS interview, Ansah denied both allegations, saying she has no access to MEC staff except the chief elections officer.

She said: “What I can say is that I did my work according to law.”

Chilima has since said President Mutharika should join the demonstration since the president also complained that his votes were stolen.

“[Mutharika] is most welcome to demonstrate with us so that Ansah should resign. Everyone who is not happy with Ansah’s management of the elections should get to the streets on Thursday and Friday,” Chilima said.

He also urged Mutharika to fire Ansah if he wants the demonstrations to stop.

Catholic bishops in the country, under the Episcopal Conference on Malawi (ECM), state in a statement, issued on Friday, that it is the right of Malawians to hold peaceful demonstrations as provided in the Constitution and called on citizens to maintain peace, calm and unity as the nation waits for the court’s determination on the matter.

They also call for justice to prevail in the matter in court,  stressing that they did not find it prudent to comment on matters related to the conduct, transmission and management of the electoral results.

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Mulopwana
Mulopwana
1 year ago

“I will add the number of retired presidents pa 21 May 2019. Peter Mutharika akutsanzika.” These are the words this guy used to tell us Malawians. Lero mwanayu akulira. Waiwala kuti mau akulu amakoma akagonera. Ankatiuza kuti iye sangaluze chisankho. ” Mukawafunse amene ati adzaluze chisankho ngati azavomere kuluza kwao chifukwa ine sindingaluze chisankho” . These were his words. Lero wagwa mpaka kukhala # 3 and with 4 MPS only ??? Shame to Chilima and Mary Chilima . Mwachititsa anthu manyazi awa: Kaliati, Kalindo, Ussi, Chidyaonga, Ngumuya, Kabwila, Patricia Fukulan Dzimbiri, Masangwi, Njikho, Chidanti Malunga and the number is endless.

Chukambiri
Chukambiri
1 year ago

Ulova ukuphani ndithu, go back to Airtel and start selling airtime. Munthuwe ndiwaphuma that’s why watuluka ndi mp 4 okha the country.Koma ulibe manyazi???????

UTM ref
UTM ref
1 year ago

Yesele uwone tithana nawe tikamakhala chere sikuti ndife opusa…Chilima God gave you a chance but unapupiluma now you r facing the consequences

namatetule
1 year ago

Chilima is a fool and a drunk. He has sealed his political grave. He will never rule this country

Kapwasya
Kapwasya
1 year ago
Reply to  namatetule

lova ndinu man He has already made his future. Being a retired vice president he is far better than your so called Ministers of so so so. u bulutu ukuphani achimwene.

Khima
Khima
1 year ago

UTM, EFF and MDC same watsapp group zipani za phokoso mainly for urban people..they never come to power…

Peter
Peter
1 year ago

It’s sad that ChiLima is behaving as kindergarten headboy who is crying for another kid food container as if it is his… with four pieces of chips…he can’t understand this can’t end hunger… I bet my last kwacha with this behavior of childish songs at rally..unleashing mob on Ansah while issue is in court….surely to me he has lost the single crumb of chips remaining in his container….why can’t he shows seriousness? Am afraid he shows he has energy to campaign till 2024 but surely with this character he will never rule Malawi. ..chakwera is quiet showing maturity…this man if… Read more »

Kapwasya
Kapwasya
1 year ago
Reply to  Peter

brother its not about Chilima, lather your integrity, cause you look not to be sober minded. Nkhani siyonyozana. May be you are 80 years plus old?

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
1 year ago

On Saturday driving from Lilongwe to Zomba and Blantyre, his convoy was led by a pick up atamangilira ma piece a dzigamba dza nsalu ya UTM akuti mbendera…kutha kwa munthu wamwano……. kkkkkkk

KKK
KKK
1 year ago

Bola kuposa Tpex. Zigamba ndi zake koma mpaka kukagula Tpex uuuuuu kufuna ulamuliro?

CESSPOOL SIMALOTO
CESSPOOL SIMALOTO
1 year ago

Chilima is a political strategist. He is the most visionary leader since the fall of Kamuzu in 1994. By tossing Al-Shabaab in our midst he thought he was creating fear in the Malawian breast Ooh Gooo Cholo boy sorry kwambiri suffering from grave political amnesia statements running over each other. Yosefe mwanaveka plus the big thief Goodall an evil cartel

Bodza la N'nanu
Bodza la N'nanu
1 year ago

Peter Mutharika under his DDP banner won the rigged election because of the use of Tipex, stuffed ballot boxes and buying off voters in Mangochi, Machinga and Zomba. For the parliamentary elections, DPP penetrated those constitutions where UTM heavy weights were contesting. The rigging was done mainly by manipulating the figures on the forms (66 or 60) where votes were tallied. A lot of taxpayers money was used to pay off officers at polling stations. The 4 billion is just the tip of the iceberg. Malawi, please work up!

Bikoko
Bikoko
1 year ago

Kudzimva akulu awa ndi kumene kunawaluzitsa

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