Ex-speaker says Malawi election case is watershed 

Former Speaker of Parliament Davies Katsonga has backed opposition leaders for taking President Peter Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to court over the outcome of the May 21 presidential poll results, describing the case as watershed.

Katsonga: Its watershed

Taking to social media, Katsonga, who disbanded his Fuko party to rejoin the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said Malawians have a constitutional right to challenge any anomalies they pick in the voting process.

“As true son of Malawi, I look at this case as a watershed in the way Malawi votes; it does look like there are grave systematic issues in the voting processes,” says Katsonga.

He said rigging elections is a very serious constitutional matter which steals from the people the choices they have made at the ballot box.

“Their vote becomes useless. The riggers illegitimately become the leaders against the wishes of the governed,” he says.

Adds Katsonga: “As I write, the court has not yet ruled on the case. Nevertheless, in my opinion, all fair minded democratic Malawians should not look at this case through party-colour-tinted goggled but rather through colourless patriot’s glasses.”

Katsonga says if the outcome of the case reveals that the DPP and MEC influenced the outcome of the presidential poll results, then Malawians should be prepared to protect the democracy, saying “even if it means laying down our lives for our nascent democracy and mother Malawi.”

In the case, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera alongside first petitioner and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima are seeking nullification of presidential election results in the May 21 Tripartite Elections over alleged irregularities in the results management system. The petitioners are also seeking an order for a rerun.

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Chikadzakowani
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Chikadzakowani

Angoni is very right: This is indeed a watershed, but not only for Malawi but the whole world. Just this week the President of Bolivia had to flee his country after a very fraudulent election. The USA has been holding rigged elections since it declared its independence from Britain in 1776 (they have two major rigging methods – jerrymandering and voter suppression). But elections can be improved. From now on political parties in Malawi should have an anti-rigging section or department (call it Legal or IT department), and not just focus only on the campaign department. Party cadres should be… Read more »

John
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John

That’s true

Opportunist
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Opportunist

I also agree with you sir

tung'ande
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tung'ande

What is this drunk saying here after loosing the elections. Kudzigulira malo

Machiavelli
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Machiavelli

Mbuzi iwe, dont you see sense in his statement! The problem you see the whole thing from your party colours. We need our votes to count and not someone to impose a leader on us. Ndi izo, malo motsutsa zomwe Suleiman akukamba you are busy discrediting his qualification, do you think the court will buy that? Who told your AG and lawyers that expertise is only obtained through formal education. Mbuli inu

John
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John

Kaphale your bread melt
Truth will never ignored in front of Messiah

Nabanda
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We want a.”legitimate leader,” we are not fools so that MEC and Jane Ansah should choose a leader for us no!

Yobe saikonde
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Yobe saikonde

Katsonga wakamba za Nzeru kkkkkkkkkk

Nicholous
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Wayiwonera patali game

b Banda
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b Banda

1 think Mr Katsonga can see it from far. Malawians political differences aside the results will build or destroy Malawi. Let us protect dziko lodziwika kuti ndi la mtendere.

Denguzman
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Denguzman

Mmmmm mwadziwa liti inu?

SAUNDERS
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SAUNDERS

An opportunist, evil Man, just because Peter Mutharika did not give him any position in any Government institution
then he is advocating War. These are the people who are destroying Malawi Politics. When he was a Board Chairman at ESCOM he was so vocal and powerful than the CEO, he was threatening people and he authorised the unfair dismissal of over hundred people and Escom lost the case in Court. He is not a good man, he wants all good things to himself and now he wants to buy sympathy from Chilima

Truth Shall Free Us
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Truth Shall Free Us

Saunders you are so right about this evil man. He is the same man who was responsible for the excesses of Bingu Mutharika. His own family has disowned thus brutal evil man

kanchenga
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kanchenga

I am not sure whether you accuse him rightly or wrongly regardless though he is saying the right. I see that many people are afraid of war. Well there are people who know that sometimes war is a necessity in order to fix things. That is the situation in Malawi now.. For what ever the motive Katsonga has a straight line. I clearly remember that there was more public outcry for the raped Nsundwe ladies than there was for the slain policemen. Infact there was a degree of jubilation when the policemen died. Not that they hated Imedi no but… Read more »

Jay
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Jay

Do you know what you are talking about ?

Lazarus Kappata Njikho
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Lazarus Kappata Njikho

Jesus is coming soon

Gule
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Who wants to die? Yet the party leaders will be enjoying life with their families when I a poor person is gone.
Stop those nosense words. Uwauze akwanu omwewo afe not me

b Banda
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b Banda

Sikuti akutath auza kuti anthu afe, koma point taken osalamulira dziko ndi ma vote akuba

Allias Kanyukuta Phiri
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Allias Kanyukuta Phiri

Kuba , kupha ndi kuononga ntchito za satana. Tionana pa chiweruziro cha constitutional court. Nthawi yatsala pang’ono.