Chilima says Mutharika should not waste breath to insult Malawi judges over poll nullification

Vice President Saulos Chilima has lashed out at President Peter Mutharika for accusing Malawi’s judiciary of agitating for  what he called “regime change” activities  in their determination to nullify last year’s presidential vote and ordered fresh elections by July 3.

Chilima with Chakwera arriving  at Namadidi in Zomba
UTM leaders at Zomba rally
Chilima says no need to insult judges
Part of the crowd at Namadidi

The Supreme Court of Appeal this month rejected Mutharika’s bid to overturn the landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court  quashing his controversial re-election, paving the way for a re-run, scheduled for June 23.

Mutharika on Friday told the national broadcaster MBC TV that the decisions by the Constitutional Court and the subsequent upholding of the verdict by the Supreme Court of Appeal was a “travesty of justice.”

He said: “The court did not follow the evidence and the law. To me it was a judicial coup d’etat.”

The octogenarian Malawi leader, a Yale law alumni and former Washington University law professor, said the courts simply decided they wanted to get rid of the government despite the fact that they found that the elections  were not rigged and that the irregularities did not affect the outcome.

“What has happened now is that they have set a standard that whenever there is an election and there is an irregularity, that election will be nullified.

“All over the world, people are laughing at Malawi… people are laughing at the judiciary in Malawi because what happened was totally ridiculous,” Mutharika said.

But Chilima, who together with Lazarus  Chakwera had petitioned the court to nullify the election, said the President’s rants against the judiciary was wrong and unfortunate.

“No matter how you can insult the judges, they delivered their judgement, Full stop. What remains now is fresh elections,” said Chilima during a campaign political rally in Zomba on Saturday.

He said the President should not waste his breath attacking the judges on the matter that was already determined by a five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court that nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election over alleged irregularities.

A seven-judge panel of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s ruling.

In February 2014, Mutharika, then in opposition, introduced Chilima—then working as the first Malawian managing director of multinational Airtel Malawi—into frontline politics as his running mate in a pairing analysts described as a blend of public sector and private sector expertise.

However, the duo fell out and in June 2018 Chilima—widely known by his initials SKC—ditched DPP to lead newly-formed UTM Party, an outfit born after a section of DPP functionaries unsuccessfully campaigned for him to succeed Mutharika through what was called ‘Chilima Movement’.

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George Victor
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Mkango saweta inu mu a Tonse ngati simukudziwa kuweta mwana wa mkango CFT ndipo musamale.naye mlambiya ameneyo.SkC amala play your cards well note that Muhammad Mia sakukuonera kukondwa unamuphulisa game yophulaphula.Komanso paja wadzipatsa kale udindo wa finance minister ukuti anzakowo adzakhala ndani iwe wemwe runningmate iwe wemwe finance minister bwanji nanga ena amu TONSE aaaliance adzatenga maudindo ati ndi anthu awo.Komanso samalani achimwene a SKC mukuoneka kuti mukuchuluka kuzitama kwambiri kapena kudzifila ife sitifuna mtsogoreli wa qualities amemewo chonde humble yourself.mukudzitukumula kwambiri a SKC.Well done Mike Usi iwe nde amene ukuoneka okhwima nzeru mu Alliance yanu yonse.Thanks for being open… Read more »

President Chisokonezo
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President Chisokonezo

If there was not proof of rigging, that fine but to say it didn’t affect the outcome that’s questionable. As long as there was irregularities, the outcome is questionable. and to say the whole world is laughing at Malawi is a fallacy as there was no empirical evidence on that but the idea of him

Atupele phwanya crook
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Kulira kwa mwanna wa Ngoni. You will never be the President until the day when you will die. Achimwene kupupuluma lero chipani chanu chamedzedwa ndi mcp kungoti kwidyo kwidyo. Mwatha mphamvu. Atupele wakuthotholani nthenga

ERUTU
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ERUTU

Anyani satsekana zikundu you so called Atupele phwanya crook because your DPP has been swallowed by UDF. Just fancy that a minnow (UDF) swallowing a giant (chikutumbwe)?

Prophetic
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Prophetic

Zakuvutani a Chilima

ERUTU
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ERUTU

Bakha 🦆 phweeeeeeee mwauponda

Cairo
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Cairo

Whenever a judgement has favoured you or a team wins a match because of the refereee, those who lost have a right to pin-point the shortcomings of the judgement or the process. It causes for celebration to those who carry the day, but dont forget Chilima that your day is coming, u cant be a victor at all times. That day will be the end of your political career. You dont realise who you have partnered with and that day will soon come. In fact, you will be lucky because you will loose the elections, thats how lucky you will… Read more »

ERUTU
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ERUTU

Bakha 🦆 phweeeeeeee

Kandulu
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Kandulu

There is no need to attack the Judges at all. Peter knows very well that if he had any problem with the judgement, take the matter to parliament or call for a referendum. The true owners of Malawi are all the people of Malawi. Call for a referendum and let the people have their say. Killings are not the way to go. It is only the people of Malawi who can change the government at the ballot box WITHOUT TIPPEX BEING USED.

ERUTU
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ERUTU

Unenesko

Amos Zaunda
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Amos Zaunda

It is very fast and important

Traitor
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Traitor

Musamathe mau a chilima. Apa mukayankhula chonchi chifukwa zakuyendelani mawa lamulo lomweli zikazakutembenukilani musazalire.

Chifukwa precedence ili apa ndiyoti any irregularity that will happen in the future will lead to nullification of the results

ERUTU
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ERUTU

Ai iwe

Coronavirus Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba
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Chilima the agogo Pitala is a bigot. Nzeru alibiretu. Munthu akakalamba he gets respect not insults. Does this agogo deserve respect? Not at all. He deserves to be hanged for crimes against Malawians. He fell short of condemning Thom Mpinganjira who wanted to bribe the judges and has a case in court. FDH was used to bribe MEC. We know of the money that was paid to the Chief Elections Officer APM thinks that was justice. What an idiot. He takes dpp back to udf. What an idiot!

ERUTU
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ERUTU

DPP gone 😭

Mr Truth Pains
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Muntharika still trying his best to rig Fresh Election, am saying so, why Jane Ansah still going to work while she told the whole nation and the world at large that she has resigned from her duty as Commissioner Chair?????? Muntharika pretend to accept Jane Ansah resignation while behind the scene Ansah is still working to rig Fresh Election. So your tactic has failed as Cameras are every where and u will be exposed day and night. Jane Ansah using Tinted Car going to work as Commissioner chair now, she thought she will hide for ever but Alas!!! We are… Read more »

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