For how long will Jane Ansah hold on?

It is undeniable fact that since the national wide demonstrations started last month against Malawi Electoral Commission  (MEC) Chairperson Jane Ansah to step down, there has been a wave of violence and looting.

Ansah: Under fire from some sections of the society

Buildings have been vandalised, government and the ruling Democratic People’s Party (DPP) offices have been set ablaze, shops have been looted while some individuals have sustained injuries. The loss resulting from the violence and looting is running into billions of kwacha. And the demonstrations are far from over.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition, the organisers of the demonstrations, have vowed to continue with the protests until Ansah resigns for what they term as ‘messy elections’ However, Ansah has been equally adamant. She has refused to resign, insisting that she will only resign after the court makes a ruling on the elections case slated to begin on 8 August.

Last week former president Bakili Muluzi tried to broker ‘peace’ by having an audience with HRDC to persuade them to suspend demonstrations. But he hit a blank wall. Instead they suggested to him to consult President Peter Mutharika, the appointing authority, to persuade Ansah to resign. Although the discussions between Mutharika and Muluzi were held, both parties have been mum on the outcome. President Mutharika has also not responded to the petition HRDC presented to him to fire Ansah.

Incidentally, both HRDC and Ansah have refused to budge from their positions. However, it is Ansah who is damaging her reputation and has more to lose.  She is the bone of contention for the manner she presided over the elections which has undermined the public’s confidence in her.

There is no peace in the land because of her and the turmoil is likely to continue until she resigns. There is nothing worse in life than for people and other issues to suffer because of your name. The fact that property is damaged or torched, shops looted and people injured because of the demonstrations against her should be enough grounds to resign.

Other equally important issues need to be brought to the fore. The economy is bleeding. The business sector is suffering because of constant closures while service delivery is affected. Reserve Bank of Malawi Dalitso Kabambe has warned that if the demonstrations continue they will affect revenue collection. Learners have stayed away from school, losing valuable learning hours. Criminals in townships are taking advantage of police absence to set up illegal roadblocks and demanding money from people before they can pass. All the mayhem is happening in the name of one person.

One would have expected Ansah to reflect on all this and do the needful. Even herself her life is disrupted. She does not have a life. It is unlikely that she still enjoys life the way she used to before the demonstrations. One can imagine how heavily guarded she is, cutting herself from society and following events through the media.

More importantly, she should ponder over the legacy she will leave when the storm is over?  Certainly, she is unlikely to command the respect that she enjoyed before, never mind that she is Supreme Court judge. History will judge her harshly.

As the number of people joining the anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations is swelling and becoming more violent, one need to ask: for how long will she maintain the status quo?

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Babu
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Babu

Jane got too much corruption money and she feels pitiful with her HER EX if she could resign then the results could be deadly to his position.

Nyondo
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Malawi is every funny country where by everything we do by trial.

Mbwiye
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Mbwiye

The writer of this is an idiot. Writing like a form two guy. The article is not balanced. Who told mtambo to go on the streets? If indeed he had blessings of the people, some circles within the soceity would not have not been compaining. If at all a good chunk of the popolation is complaining. Whats that? Is mtambo good or bad? Check yourself.

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

Judge Ansah is staying put, and is going nowhere because of the failure of MCP and oChakwera to win the past presidential election. And she will not do them – that is the election losers including the biggest loser of them all, the kid Chilima – a solid or favor. Palibe zimenezo. The judge must stand her ground, even in the face of faulty analyses, like this one, that conclude the sad sack teams lost the election because of Ansah. Has Mtonga not read the various reports by many election observers, including local stake holders, that commended MEC for a… Read more »

Reuben Gondwe
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Reuben Gondwe

Your comment just shows how foolish you are in the head

shawa
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shawa

jane ansah ikatha nkhani adzamangidwe please

Wabwino Atani
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Wabwino Atani

Let Peter Munthalika appoint the ombudsman Mrs Chizuma, as new chairperson for MEC

.COPS
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.COPS

Martha Chizuma ndi no nonsense sangayerekeze dala kumusankha, amafuna ma puppet awo a Dpp basi.

Dr. Mvuma
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Dr. Mvuma

I must confess, I for one was her fan and a great admirer of Dr. Ansah, I held her in highest esteem being very close to her and her family – I was influential in encouraging her to go for her PhD and eventually she gave in to go. She was a Lady who had unequal qualities of a woman, let alone a human being. She had the Beauty and Intellectual ability, besides displayed highest caliber of integrity. Admittedly, she was humble and down to earth – these adorned with her Love for our Lord Jesus Christ, More importantly, she… Read more »

Conspiracy of Fools
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It is not that simple my friend. But nice try though.

DRAKE
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DRAKE

Dr You are not a true friend to Dr Ansa, you seem to be a learned person, but do you support and agree to the Torture Dr Ansa is enduring right now?. If you are a Legal person do you know the effect of her Resigning while the case is still in Court ? Technically its not right to force her to resign simply because thugs and rascals are demanding that. If you are true friends of the Ansas you were supposed to stand with them come rain or sunshine. Your relationship to the family is Material and fake, thats… Read more »

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Unfortunately, Jane will not see this. But I agree with you. I don’t know what she wants to prove.

Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

Why should she give in to the devils desires? Demos are politically motivated because their favourites failed miserably at the pools. The first announcement for demos was made by a failed politician! Jane Ansah failed because you lost? She should not resign until the courts rules on the case. HRDC, who are these? What rights are they defending? What right was violated? Who is sponsoring the demos? Of what purpose would it serve if Jane Ansah was to resign today? Would your rights be restored? Was turning away PAC when they wanted to convince the learned justice not to announce… Read more »

APM akundiyamwa 🍆
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APM akundiyamwa 🍆

I don’t think it’s her decision not to resign. That guy who paid her off isn’t letting her resign. Nangatu 2 billion ndi yambiri. He may need her services for a second round of rigging

jones
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jones

ASKING FOR HOW LONG? I answer on her behalf. After the court rules on the same, FULL STOP.

chinthu
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chinthu

Tikamati mfiti yaikazi kuipa mtima simmamva, Jane Ansha akanakhala munthu oti ali ndi umunthu sibwenzi zonsezi zikuchitika

Charie
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Charie

Fiti ndi amako ndiwe judge iweyo? kagulu ka mob justice aka