Chilima militant to press Ansah ouster: ‘No retreat!’

UTM leader Saulos Chilima has said the mass protest would continue in the country until Jane Ansah resigns as chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) , warning that the police did not have the power to stop them.

MCP MP Abida Mia, Chilima and his deputy at UTM Micheal Usi among the protestors in Blantyre

“We have the energy and we have the people,” he told reporters in Blantyre when he joined thousands of people in the streets holding demonstrations styled as ‘Ansah must fall’.

Chilima wearing a fashionable camouflage attire looking like a military officer, said: “We will remain in the streets until she (Ansah) goes.”

The immediate past- Vice President applauded the High Court for what he called a landmark ruling, referring to the dismissal of the application for an injunction by the Attorney General to stop the demonstrations.

“We applaud the courts for standing with the people and democracy. It’s our right as Malawians to demonstrate when we are not happy and when we’re happy. We will continue to demonstrate. No retreat,” he said.

The Attorney General had petitioned the court to ban the protests which have over the last few months resulted in clashes between opposition elements and security forces.

Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda dismissed Attorney General Kaleleni Kaphale’s application for a injunction against the protests targeting Ansah.

Ansah, a judge at the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, is accused of mismanaging the presidential results in May favouring President Peter Mutharika for re- election. She denies any wrong doing and has adamantly refused to resign.

The High Court panel of five judges sitting as a Constitutional Court  is now being asked by  Chilima and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera to scrub out the outcome and order a rerun.

The judges will, from  Thursday August 8 2019, begin deliberations in an effort to resolve a crisis that has spilled on to the streets of the normally peaceful southern African country.

If, as the opposition said it expects, the court orders a fresh election, it will be only the second time in Africa that judges have nullified a national poll.

Boniface Dulani, professor at the Institute of Public Opinion and Research at the University of Malawi, said an election annulment would build on the Kenyan precedent.

“It would send a strong signal to the continent’s rulers that manipulating elections does not mean automatic passage to state house,” he said.

Blessings Chimsinga, associate professor at the University of Malawi, said the case was “make or break” for a public that had lost faith in the electoral process.

Any rerun, he said, would need comprehensive electoral reforms to be credible. Otherwise, he added, “it would be like putting new wine in old bottles”.

Ansah  defended herself in local media against accusations that election tally sheets were doctored, she said: “Correctional fluid, if you check in the dictionary, corrects errors. Tipp-Ex can be used for positive and negative purposes and that is for the court to find out.”

The court has 24 days to deliberate and its decision is final.

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aNSSA
aNSSA
1 year ago

i have been saying this chilima guy is an IDIOT this is how stupid Malawian youth are, anthu amene akumutsatira ndi zitsiru this guy is a WANNA BE you can not believe this guy was a CEO, HOW???? and Malawian youth are worse for following this IDOIT. Seriously a Malawi YOU CANNT SEE?????

khafi
1 year ago

Tithokomze athu aku Bt ndinu ozindikila simukuononga zithu zanu koma kuno Kulilongwe zithu zosakhala bwino kale muonongaso ndiye chani aaa

MarkomX
MarkomX
1 year ago

jane ansah usazafe uzangosowa ndiwe machine

Botoman
Botoman
1 year ago

Government should declare state of emergency and make it illegal for more than three people to gather on the street tione a Mtambo ndi Mayaya akadya kuti.

Kaitano
Kaitano
1 year ago
Reply to  Botoman

Things that can not happen, tell your Government to do that, musamuka Lilongwe ino. You must be stupid!!

Lego
1 year ago
Reply to  Botoman

That is your stupid idea and your are the enemy of our democracy

Fortune Phiri
Fortune Phiri
1 year ago
Reply to  Botoman

Join the discussion…Ndiwe opepela ndithu.

Chiyabwe
Chiyabwe
1 year ago
Reply to  Botoman

Join the discussion…

Mwe'ene
Mwe'ene
1 year ago

Camouflage uniforms iyo Chilima wagula pa kaunjika ku Lirangwe dzulo! He thinks he looks cute and tough, when he actually looks childish and stupid. Like a kid who wants to ride in a fire truck!
Chilima wachakachika already.
MCP are witnessing and supporting destruction to this extent, right in their back yard! And, apparently, MCP is now infiltrated by the disgruntled, Lhomwe hating Northern cabal! One indication: their “rs” substituted for “ls” in their vernacular postings; and the extreme hatred evident therein.

Ndipo zowononga ma property musazibweretse kuno ku Blantyre. Muzaona ma Cadet kuzakumetani mpala. Ngati nkhanga malova inu.

catsuit amigo
catsuit amigo
1 year ago
Reply to  Mwe'ene

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH KOMA ULULU UWUWU KUUPANGA EXPRESS IN KGs EEEEEEH

chaiwone wawo
1 year ago
Reply to  Mwe'ene

and you are a useless lomwe

Charie
Charie
1 year ago

Koma professor mulungu adzimusunga ndi moyo wawutari , mtsogoleri oleza mtima wosabwezera choyipa akanakhala kut president ndi chilima kapena chakwera bwezi ambiri Ali kundende achina mtambo koma pot wathu ndi mtumiki weni weni from God timasunga mtendere nthawi zonse koma,mulungu atimenyera nkhondo.

Tcgh
Tcgh
1 year ago

Chilima looks more evilsh now compared to the good looking he had before. Chilima is forcing Ansah to resign and A Malawi mukuononga katundu to help him satisfy his power hunger. Why didn’t u match to force him resign when he was still getting paid as a VP koma asakugwira ntchito??…

Omakaka
Omakaka
1 year ago

A LGBTIQ+akuitanitsa ngongole yokwana $90million.zZitsatileni bwinolomwe,mungamangotsatila mfumu kuledzela.

chemalembo
chemalembo
1 year ago

re-run is the only viable option to maintain the peace in malawi

katayeni chitutu
katayeni chitutu
1 year ago
Reply to  chemalembo

zoona

HUU
HUU
1 year ago
Reply to  chemalembo

Tizawocha ndife nthawi ya re-run muzikavotela nyumba zanu

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
1 year ago

.Makaladi awaaaa Mphaka waku lower Shire ndi Arafat kufuna kulanda dziko mwaupandu. Mulephera. Shupiti.

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