DPP flood Blantyre city in ‘Nyekhwe’ march against ConCourt ruling

Thousands of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters on , flooded the streets of Blantyre in a protest march against the Constitutional Court election case ruling.

DPP’s Restoration of Justice march
DPP members of parliament Sammer Suleman, Dausi and Mchacha during the march
Former cabinet minister Henry Mussa take part in the march
demonstrations dubbed ‘A March for the Restoration of Democratic Justice’ started from Victoria Avenue through Masauko Chipembere Highway.
DPP regional governor for the South, Charles Mchacha leading the march in Blantyre
DPP members exercise their right to demonstration

DPP prominent politicians including  party publicity secretary Nicholas Dausi, who is also Minister of Homeland Security, deputy minister of Homeland Security Charles Mchacha,members of parliament including Sameer Suleman,  party executive members Henry Mussa and Brown Mpinganjira were among the marching protesters.

This protest march comes barely days after the quasi-religious organization, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) applauded the DPP for accepting the ruling of the Constitutional Court.

DPP was among political parties in the country whose leaders signed a peace pact in the run up to the court ruling to accept the Concourt election case ruling.

However, Dausi said the ruling was irregular and against the will of the people.

“This protest march is to show that Malawians are not happy with the ruling,” he said.

Some of the marchers in what was called ‘Restoration of Democratic Justice’,  carried placards which read that the DPP would win again in the Constitutional Court sanctioned fresh presidential election in July.

DPP  cadets were singing their DPP war-cry in Malawi’s lingua franca, Chichewa: “Olimbana ndi Adad awona Nyekhwe! (“Those opposing President Peter Mutharika we will deal with them!”)

Other  supporters were singing Zivute zitani ife Amalawi tili pambuyo pa a Adad (Come hail or high waters we stand solidly behind President Mutharika).

They also broke into a chant: Boma! Boma! Boma! Boma! (We’re in power! We’re in power!)

Others sloganeered: Chala m’mwamba! Chala m’mwamba! Chala m’mwamba! (DPP slogan/symbol Raise your finger, raise your finger!)

The DPP marchers went  to deliver a petition to Blantyre City Council (BCC) and then  headed to Kameza Roundabout through the populous Ndirande Township to welcome President Peter Mutharika,  arriving in the commercial capital from Lilongwe by road.

They will escort the President to the gates of Sanjika Palace, a distance of about 10 kilometres.

Reacting to DPP’s demonstrations, governance expert Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times that “they are simply exercising their right to demonstration.”

Lilongwe-based political scientist Godfrey Pumbwa said marching for the restoration of democratic justice,” it doesn’t make sense” because they are already in government.

“If  they have observed that something democratically is wrong, they should just discuss to see the way forward,” Pumbwa said.

The five-judge panel comprising Healey Potani, Redson Kapindu, Ivy Kamanga, Mike Tembo and Dingiswayo Madise on February 3, nullified the presidential election in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections and directed that a fresh election be held within 150 days from February 3 2020.

The court said MEC failed in all constitutional tests it set out on the elections and that the irregularities were so glaring that the credibility of the election was in question.

But President Mutharika said he considered the judgement delivered by a five-judge panel as “serious subversion of justice, an attack on the country’s democratic system and an attempt to undermine the will of people”.

Mutharika has since lodged an appeal at the Supreme Court of Malawi.

The international community applauded Malawi for the landmark and historic election case ruling.

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Jemusi
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Jemusi

A very confused party led by very confused and corrupt leaders

Garnicus
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Garnicus

@Chechamba, if that is true then why wasting time with MCP whose time is long gone as it was also in govt. just like UDF n PP
Yes DPP will go that is for sure, but not this time around. MCP minus UTM can’t floor DPP even if they combine with UTM the battle will not be a walk over.

DPP has a sophisticated system that was perfected by Chilima in 2014 so much that it will not be easy to uproot them

boss
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boss

All i see are rehearsals for the fall of the once mighty DPP. Shame

Chechamba
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Chechamba

THERE IS TIME FOR EVERYTHING, MCP ONE PARTY ERA WENT SO TOO WAS THE UDF ERA OF BAKILI MULUZI . NOW IT IS TIME FOR THE MUTHALIKAS ERA TO DISAPPEAR FOR GOOD FROM THE POLITICAL SCENE.
IN DEMOCRACY, THE MAJORITY RULE, TIME TO PRETEND THAT THE LOMWES ARE IN MAJORITY IS OVER NOR TO THINK THAT OTHER TRIBES CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT A SELFISH AND UNGRATEFUL TRIBE.

UTM/MCP ALLIANCE IS HERE TO STAY FOR THE NEXT THIRTY YEARS .

Robson Chendawaka
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Robson Chendawaka

Ana asatana omwa magazi amalawi, mbava achinadyabulosi amfiti, mwasowa zochita eti, ndiye musanati muva kuwawa ndalama za amalawi mwabazi muzibweza

Nyekhwed
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Nyekhwed

Coming to paint Blantyre Red soon! Mutseguka mmimba a pumbwa nose tigwetsa!

Red Sea
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Red Sea

If you call that flooding Blantyre we are coming with a Tsunami! Mark my words be careful what you wish fir

Zadapo
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Zadapo

Mtundu omvetsa chisoni mmaganizidwe ndi mmachitidwe Momwe! Nonse kungokhala mbava, opanda odzudzula mzake?

GRM
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GRM

Too late. This does not sound proper. Isn’t it that they have appealed?
We take judicial matters to courts not to Street. Please find something better and logical to demonstrate against. Court issues are solved in courts.

BigMan
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BigMan

Nonsense, just messing up lunchtime traffic as usual. Who advises these people?