Govt, analysts fault Mkaka: MCP’s SG justifies calling Chakwera as Malawi leader

Minister of Information, Civic Education Communication and Technology, Mark Bottoman and analysts have condemned Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka’s remarks on Saturday at Msundwe Police ground in Lilongwe.

Chakwera and his wife Monica at Msundwe rally: According to Mkaka, they are Malawi’s first couple

Mkaka made controversial statement before MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera addressed crowds following the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) order for fresh elections in 150 days.

He said the Malawi Police Service officers will not be allowed to provide security during the forthcoming fresh presidential elections.

The MCP secretary general justified his statement, saying police have lost Malawians’ trust and that Malawi Defence Force (MDF) should provide security in the fresh elections as is more competent institution.

Mkaka also referred Chakwera as Malawi President and Monica Chakwera as the First Lady.

He also added his voice to the call by other electoral stakeholders for the resignation of MEC chairperson Jane Ansah and her commissioners.

But in a statement released on Sunday, government spokesman described the remarks by Mkaka as unfortunate.

Bottoman said the Constitutional Court nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election but upheld President Peter Mutharika as Head of State until elections are held as ordered by the court.

He said by extension, the judgment means Gertrude Mutharika remains the First Lady of the Republic of Malawi.

“Any views and utterances contrary to the court’s ruling are a departure from the rule of law and recipe for violence,” Minister of Information said in the statement.

“Malawians are aware that Msundwe, where Mr. Mkaka made the unfortunate remarks, has become a hotspot for violence. As such, the remarks at Msundwe may have been strategically made with the aim of inciting more violence. Government condemns in strongest terms the spirit of violence perpetrated by the MCP,” the statement reads

Bottoman noted that MCP president did not condemn the “unfortunate remarks” by Mkaka, “signifying that they were premeditated.”

Meanwhile, commentators have also faulted Mkaka with Zomba-based political scientist Mustapha Hussein saying the party does not have the mandate to stop the law enforcers from overseeing elections.

On loss of trust, Hussein said “a solution can be found to address the issues.”

Another political analyst Godfrey Pumbwa said “no political party can tell police what to do.”

But Mkaka has maintained that the “Police have failed together with Malawi Electoral Commission to ensure that the will of the people is upheld.”

The MCP secretary general said his suggestion is not weird.

On addressing Chakwera as president, Mkaka said officially Mutharika is the Malawi leader but according to the elections that were Tippexed, Chakwera was voted President.

In his address, Chakwera said he will cast out ‘Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) demons” if elected State President.

The rally was patronised by, among others, former first gentleman Richard Banda, Freedom Party president Khumbo Kachali, Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani-Hara and First Deputy Speaker Madalitso Kazombo and some People’s Party executive members.

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winstonmsowoya
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winstonmsowoya

CHAKWERA IS NOT THE LEADER OF MALAWI AND HE WILL NEVER BE ONE iF MALAWIANS WERE PATRIOTIC ENOUGH TO RECALL THE BRUTALITY AND CORRUPTION IN THE COUNTRY THAT BANDA AND HIS PUPPET JOHN TEMBO CARRIED OUT,THE MCP WOULD NOT BE THERE TODAY.THE PARTIES THAT BROUGHT FREEDOM IN AFRICA TANU IN TANZANIA,KANU KENYA,UNIP IN ZAMBIA AND RECENTLY ZANU OF ZIMBABWE THAT ITS LEADER ROBERT AND HIS OBNOXIOUS PROSTITUTE WIFE,ARE THERE NO MORE AND ONCE STRONG ZANU HAS BEEN DITCHED IN ZIMBABWE RUINS ONCE AND FORALL.MALAWIANS WAKEUP DO NOT BRING SHAME IN THE COUNTRY,YOUR LEADER IS NOT CHAKWERA BUT,AN ARAB WHO HAS… Read more »

BigMan
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BigMan

Overzealous

limango
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Muisova….. wamva , wamva . ine kumwa madzi ozizila

Alungwana
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Alungwana

Im mcp but I feel mkaka did not do right.
Let us observe the rule of law.

Malawi
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Malawi

Kodo a Seventh dat amalola lipstick and nail polish???

Soso
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Soso

What Mkaka has said shall come to pass, mark my words.

Soso
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Soso

Eeeeh KUKHWIYA KUMENEKO KKKKKK KKKKK BWEREZANSO MKAKA AMVE MBEBE KKKKK Nanga zikafika pa final. Njipapasni mazyi ndimwe ndingakomokeee

tung'ande
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tung'ande

This young man has a rotten mouth and he is too overzealous. For starter if Chakwera wants the presidency too much he will not achieve it. He should ask Tembo and Gwanda. MCP is having a bad name because of Nkaka and Maurice Munthali

BigMan
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BigMan

Chakwera might be a nice fellow, but somehow i dont seem him and Mia winning 50+1. There is simply no there there. My money is on SKC.

MLORE GENTS _G. B.
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In my point of view this guy is right because if the entire board of MEC did not allow any bribes like our five judges did Mr L. C. would had became a President of 🇲🇼 because he was seconded by the ruling party.

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