Chilima urges Mutharika to concede should ConCourt nullifies presidential election

Former vice-president and  UTM Party president, Dr  Saulos Chilima has urged President Peter Mutharika to accept the Constitutional Court ruling on the presidential election nullification petition case should the judgement go against respondents on Monday.

Chilima: embrace the outcome of the Judges with respect and peace.
Speaking at a news conference on Thursday in Lilongwe, Chilima advised Mutharika to disregard advice from his advisors which would go against the will of the people.
Chilima said history has shown in the past that leaders have made crucial decisions that helped to save the country at critical moments.
“The late Kamuzu Banda ignored the advice of greedy people and called for referendum which eventually brought multiparty democracy to Malawi. When he was trailing in the elections, Dr. Banda conceded defeat.
“On his part Dr. Bakili Muluzi abandoned the third term bid even though some of his advisors insisted. Dr. Joyce Banda conceeded defeat in 2014 without resistance. That’s leadership. I call on Prof. Mutharika to rise above the rest during this period,” said Chilima.
He said the acceptance of the ruling by all parties was not a matter of multiple choice, saying it was mandatory for everybody to accept the results.
Chilima said UTM fought a good fight to bring the case this far and that therefore it was imperative for everyone to embrace the outcome of the Judges with respect and peace.
“Much as we have the right to demonstrate but there is need to respect the law and the rights to property of others. Those that will emerge winners must celebrate with dignity and those that will lose should also accept the results,” said Chilima, 46.
The five-judge panel of High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court comprising Healey Potani, Ivy Kamanga, Dingiswayo Madise, Redson Kapindu and Mike Tembo will deliver the landmark ruling on Monday morning in Lilongwe.

President Mutharika of DPP, who is the first respondent in the case, already spoke through a statement released by his lawyers on Saturday.

In the statement signed by former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu, Mutharika said he believes that the Judiciary should be allowed to decide the case without pressure, inducements or any extraneous factors.

In the case, two of the presidential candidates in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections—UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima (the first petitioner) and Lazarus Chakwera of MCP (the second petitioner)—want the court to nullify presidential election results over alleged irregularities, especially in the results management system.

Mutharika, who was declared winner of the elections, is the first respondent with MEC as the second respondent.

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Malawi belong to the citizens.

I don’t think Peter Munthalika angavomereza Kut sanapambane,he is a law professor, leading his group of lawyers not to agree with court.He should speak to the citizens that if the constitution judges say that DPP and MEC has lost the case,he will accept defeat.Coz ananena Kut sadzalola Kut MCP idzalamulire iye alipo.Ndiye what is going to happen if the judgement would be in favour of the petitioners? MEC should have left the citizens to choose the leader they wanted, the one they choose ,tippex on presidential results sheets every where.We are going to judge these 5 constitution judges after the… Read more »

YAKWATA ALENDO
YAKWATA ALENDO
9 months ago

Tonse ndife a Malawi ndipo tikukhala mmalawi momwemo koma ngati tili anthu opanda chikondi ndi anthu tipange zomwe tingapangezo akaulusa zotsatira akhoti koma tisamale ifeyo panalibe mmene Malawi amalengedwa tingopalamula mkwiyo wa Mulungu chifukwa cha dyera.

Gwape
9 months ago

Uyu ndiye galu was ma mp4

tung'ande
tung'ande
9 months ago

This young boy thinks he will be restored as vice president. The best DPP should do is just deny him anything so that he spends more time in court than campaigning. It is only the office of president that shall never be vacant not that of vice president, Read the constitution.

tung'ande
tung'ande
9 months ago

stupid boy, you ask APM tp concede while you never conceded but went to . court so you WANT TO SHUT UP muntharika so that he should not execorse his right to appeal.

Owen
Owen
9 months ago
Reply to  tung'ande

Tungande u dpp wakowo ndi chifukwa sukumva zomwe aku tanthauza

chataika
chataika
9 months ago

kkkkkk APM akhala akunena kale zimenezi and his party and supporters are more than ready to accept the outcome. Koma inu a opposition ndiye mukunena kuti should the court fail to rule your favor then there will be chaos. So what you would have said was a speech of inclusion like; ‘Lets all the parties involved in the case accept the outcome” other than sidelining your party

Jan'dambo
Jan'dambo
9 months ago

Nde ukamati we should respect other people’s property inu ndi onyasa nkhope anu aja mwalemekeza anthu angati popanga mademo?

Owen
Owen
9 months ago
Reply to  Jan'dambo

Konzekani muzipita

goef
goef
9 months ago

Kuyankhula kwa ndithe ndithe Nanthabwe anazitengela. Ndagodusamo sindinathyole nkhwani

Mjibidi
Mjibidi
9 months ago

Zavuta.

Mitengo
Mitengo
9 months ago

I don’t see APM doing anything illegal.If the verdict nullifies the previous elections, he will have an opportunity to appeal just like any petitioner would. Then the process starts allover again- registration,ballot paper printing, election of new MEC chair with possibly new commissioners, verification process, campaign period. All could take us not less than 6 month I should gues. I hope this is the concede Chilima is talking about

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