Don’t hold Malawi to ransom, Ansah please go!

Jane Ansah must resign. This has been the war cry of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) for the past two months.

A protester carries a banner calling for the ousting of Ansah.-Photo by Amos Gumulira, AFP

“There is no single election which Jane Ansah will ever be allowed to manage again. Not even a by-election,” HRDC vice-chairperson Gift Trapence declared on Tuesday.

As radical this view may sound since Ansah has not been proven guilty of any crime, on the streets a majority of Malawians have lost trust in the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson.

The turn up of protesters is clear evidence that people have no faith in the Justice of Appeal Judge. Even a video clip circulating on social media showing a young girl claiming that Ansah messed up the election sums up the perception that is out there of the MEC chair.

These days her name is so soiled that you cannot mention the name Jane Ansah at a beer hall and expect people to smile at you. That’s how bad things are right now in this country. Surely Jane Ansah cannot play any role in Malawi elections anytime soon, as Trapence suggests.

Why she still thinks she can hold on to power, only the person behind the name Jane Ansah knows?

Demonstrations being organised by HRDC to force her out continue to gather momentum. If Ansah thought people, will show up for one or two protests, then the protests will fizzle out, she is dead wrong. On Tuesday, the protests reached their climax and they might get worse.

As the MEC chairperson is perhaps sipping some coffee and enjoying a sumptuous meal wherever she is, premature babies affected by the tear gas in the Kangaroo Ward at Bwaila Hospital Maternity Wing, are gasping for air.

As Ansah is comfortable in her home, one shop owner in Lilongwe, a woman in her 40s, cannot help but weep after her shop close to Bwaila Hospital was ransacked.

As Jane Ansah is browsing though news channels on a state-of-the-art TV or reading a stream of news on a smartphone, a policewoman is in pain after being mobbed,  a riot van and police officer’s houses have also been torched in her name.

As Jane Ansah is walking about freely wherever she is, Malawians who support the current government are living in fear that they will be attacked, hacked or beaten to death.

The streams of tears are all over town as people, mostly women and men who engage in small and medium-scale businesses, loudly wail after their lifetime savings and investments have gone up in smoke. Many of them have had their shops broken into and swept clean by unruly youths among the protesters.

So far, 501 people, according to Red Cross, have been injured and the economy in general is suffering and tourism is in decline.

Of course, no court has said Jane Ansah is guilty of any crime and protests might not be a legal process to remove her from public office. But all the damage can be prevented.

So why is Ansah still clinging on to her post?

In its July 12 2019 letter titled Management of Electoral Complaints and Determination of Electoral Results Concerning Presidential Elections 2019, her learned colleagues at the Malawi Law Society (MLS) asked Ansah to reflect if it was necessary to cling to her MEC post.

Word on the street is that Ansah should leave now before Malawi is razed to the ground

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DRAKE
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DRAKE

This article is stupid and useless, who is holding the country at Ransom? is it not Mtambo, Trapence, Sembereka and Billy the Goat Mayaya?. These people are using supporters of MCP,UTM and PP. They are also using thugs and thieves to March in Lilongwe and Mzuzu, also on top of those organising the demonstrations are disgruntled PP Politicians, their former diplomats who were recalled and Cash gate thieves like Khumbo K Who were ousted in 2014. My Tumbuka brothers and sisters are blindly fighting this war and being used without knowing the Agenda, Mtambo since his College days is known… Read more »

Omex70
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Omex70

DPP cadet walankhula.

Tsamba Likagwa
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Tsamba Likagwa

Jane is not going anywhere. Period

Mandado@147
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As a Bishop/ a morally raised right human being she would have resign cause of the looting and the babies breathing teargas for crying out loud cause of her name and pave way for investigations or the righteous thing to just do but as electoral fraudster or cadet I expect her not to its that simple Malawi haven’t they shown you stealing in broad daylight money that would have saved lives in hospitals…fixed energy at ESCOM! Cadets beating up innocent people in full view of police. Time to wake up even more!!!!!

Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

You will wail when the tide changes in your direction! I do not why you are justifying the ill-informed matches. Why do you want to create the impression that Jane Ansah failed when she actually excelled!
Is it due to inferior I.Q.s? Lets wait and see!

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

she is a jezebel whore

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

ndalama ndi satana.
tikuva

Sober man
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Sober man

There is no merit in this story to warrant Jane Ansah’s resignation. She (Jane) did her part if the court finds her wrong then she will surely resign.

But resigning now is bad timing as it will be tantamounting to conceding wrong doing which may even mean a victory to the organisers who may engage gear TWO!

Chi town
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Jane ansah can not resign. Moses, all what you have written it news to Jane. For your information she is happy to see people suffering. She does not care whatever is happening. A thief does not see anything wrong in stealing just Jane does see anything for her to resign. Even if someone kills her children she can not resign. Mfiti.

Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

Who is inflicting the suffering? why do you juftify devilish protests? True democrats concede defeat honourably no matter how painful it might be. Time is coming when you would wish the ground could open so that it could swallow you!

Mbwiye
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Mbwiye

A michaele kapena kuti moses a ku kasungu kwa a tena you have missed a point by saying that Mrs ansah should go. The issue is in court and if she would be found guilty, she will go. I expect a writer of your calibre should be able to compare what’s happening on this planet like India, Russia, Venezuela, Hong Kong and others to what is happening here. Demonstrations can happen in as long as property is not damaged. People should be encouraged to seek redress in courts like what is happening now concerning elections. Basi not kukamba zopusa as… Read more »

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Ansah akulephera kupanga resign coz amene anamutuma ndi amene akumukaniza coz Ansah yo siwakhalira madzira a pumbwayo.

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
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Anzelu ndi Anzelu

Whether she resigns or not is immaterial. The issue here is that after she resigns who is next on the line? If she gives concession to such a demand then are we not setting a wrong precedence? Saying the majority of Malawians want her out is an exaggeration. Remember that MCP got over 1,6 million votes, UTM 1 million votes and DPP got over 1,8 million votes against an 18 million number of the entire population. It is not surprising that all those that lost the election are now out on the streets. If you put MCP and UTM supporters… Read more »