It is not rocket science: Malawi 2019 elections were not credible

There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. — Proverbs 6:16-19

The Malawi Government, in its inability to embrace, understand and accept scores of Malawians countrywide, has embarked on a spate of anti-citizen activities to quell the unrest arising from the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. Oftentimes, such actions are undemocratic,  others downright cruel, unkind and bent on rabblerousing malevolent members of their political party to vent abuse on anyone deemed to be “anti-government”. The last straw is most recently the fire-spitting President Peter Mutharika who ordered the police and military to use force on people that go on the street.

The writing is on the placard

This is condoning violence that is akin to mob justice coupled with dictatorial decrees. And so, in my writing, I rise, giving my opinion, my analysis and my advice on these matters that threaten the fabric of our fragile democracy. Many people ask me why I do the things I do? Why do I write? Why do I always seem to be on the other side of the argument? Some have even said that I should go back to school and learn how to write.

Apart from my robust passion for writing, I have a deep-rooted desire to inspire people, advocate for their rights and empower them to reach their potential. These three pillars would make the people independent, capable members of society that can pull themselves up, using the tools furnished to them on a level playing field, by their elected officials, and thereby attaining a flourishing life that feeds into the development of our nation, Malawi.

Malawians have come out of their homes, gone onto the streets, voiced their discontent at what they believe to be a stolen election verdict. What would my mother and father have done, knowing they were politically inclined? My mother would have prepared meals for the marching men and women; my father would have called the President and given him advice on critical and prudent steps to take in the situation. This is damage control and massaging the wounded. Such steps as holding a referendum, holding elections so that the people are given the opportunity to make their choices, however bitter they may be.

In today’s scenario, it would not cost Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chair Jane Ansah much to resign, anymore than it would cost the President anything to call for a re-run of the elections.

As a God-fearing nation, there should be no Malawian who revels in the suffering of his or her fellow countrymen or countrywomen; there should be no Malawian who plots the widespread demolishing, looting and thrashing of entire populations on the basis of their political affiliations; and there should be no Malawian who maliciously taunts his fellow Malawian with intent to steal, kill, and destroy him or her.

I am inspired by my love of my country, I advocate for the down-trodden (in this case, the demonstrators, whose voices are being drowned by the powerful minority in government) and writing messages of hope that would empower this down-trodden citizenry, is what keeps me awake at night.

What will it take for the MEC chair to follow through the people’s demands to resign? What will it take for the Malawi leader to call for a re-run the elections, to right the wrong created by over 147 anomalies? Evidence in the election investigation, shows that tally sheets were grossly tampered with during and after election monitors signed the sheets. It is not rocket science: the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections were not credible. Let genuine democracy ring forth!

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Wewe
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Wewe

It is ironical that the quote at the beginning of the article stands for what MCP did to Malawi for 30 year when Janet Karim’s own father (Mr Mbekeani) worked with the dictator, Dr Banda. Possibly, Janet Karim has forgotten that she is a Mbekeani – she is hiding under the Karim name. But, we know you very well.

oMachemba
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oMachemba

So, Janet was serious about her father having direct access to the President (“…my father would have called the President and given him advice …”), and in a way boasting about it. And probably also wishing she had such access now. Dreaming on: times change. This time for the better. Mr Mbekeyani, as a longtime ambassador in the US was marked as traitor by the progressives, those opposed to his boss and the dictator, Kamuzu Banda. And, Mr Mbekeyani ratted out many Malawians in the diaspora in the US at the time. He may as well have blood on his… Read more »

Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

The challenge of being a biased emotional writer is that you soil your supposedly good reputation. It is highly annoying to read senseless stories from ‘intellectuals like you’ simply because you are a party sympathizer.

Good writers remain objective at all times. They are not carried away by emotions unless the emotions are logically justified. Hate should not drive your urge to write, but the need to inform should.

Central
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Central

Sincerely your response [@ Tiyeseni Phiri] looks heavily bent on the differences between you and Janet Karim, and not on the issue at hand!! If we are to bring the demands from people of Lilongwe South East constituency who are calling for a by-election which is coming in following the death of Agness Penemulungu two weeks before the 21 May election, is Jane Ansah seeing herself to be accepted by the opposition parties to run the by-election? Kodi kukanililaku, is it because of the “good money” she gets at MEC or there is something else? Even if she is to… Read more »

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

i think jane ataona kuti thing were out of order angoti nanga titani kuthana nayo nkhani, tingoti wawina ndi pitala.nde ndiizi. amaona ngati tikanali mwa dzana mommuja kumangoti eya cabwino.
kaphale ndi uyu pano anthu ali kokasamba kaye nlhoko

Joloza
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Can anyone prove to me that the majority in Malawi are protesting with tangible statistical evidence?

Kadzanja
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Kadzanja

Such arguements will take Malawi nowhere. In Malawi we just need change whether you are a Lomwe or not. Malawi is bleeding. All countries sarrounding us are way much much better than us, koma izi zomati ndine mlomwe ndiye it is a must for me to support DPP taononga nazo dziko. in history of Malawi, never have we sank so low that one group of people benefits more than everybody, it is only during the rein of DPP. DPP has destroyed our country. Where one comes from should not be a qualification for one to prosper, but hard work. Future… Read more »

Gome
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Gome

You should sometimes learn to be ashamed the whole old retired professor stealing votes? that is embarrassing for him and you are here to support that? shame on you. Do you think all these people on the streets are mad/insane and you are an upright thinking person. Ha Amalawi penapake kumaganizako ngati anthu. These stupid mentority will not take us anywhere our friends out there are developing while you are busy stealing.

Mbutuma
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IN MALAWI O +0= :2 ——–EVEN OUR PROFESSORS DOCTORS GRADUATES AGREE —–‘-‘SO DO WE EXPECT THE COUNTRY TO PROSPER ??? NO WAY !! UNLESS WE REVOLUTIONISE THE COUNTRY —

Malawian
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Malawian

AS FAR AS EVERYONE KNOWS, DPP DOES NOT WANT AN ELECTION RERUN BECAUSE DPP CANNOT WIN IT, PETER MUTHALIKA IS OLD AND POLITICALLY BANKRUPT, AT 80 IS NOT A JOKE.IMAGINE AFTER BANNING OUR TAX MONEY,AFTER USING ALL THOSE GOVERNMENT RESOURCES AND EVENING USE OF TIPPEX, DPP MANAGED TO GET ONLY 38% OF THE VOTES??????DPP IS THE MOST MISERABLE RULING PARTY THAT MALAWI HAS EVER HAD.

Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

They got only 38% of the votes and won. The question is that is this legal? The answer is yes! Are you happy that your party lost? The answer is no! Do you vent your anger on the victor? The answer is no! Do you vent your anger on the referee? The answer is no? Are the rules for declaring the winner clear? The answer is yes! Have you misplaced your anger? The answer is yes! Probably your party is not attractive to most Malawians. Does the law stipulate conditions for rerun of the election? What are the conditions? Any… Read more »

Central
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Central

Nawenso Tiyeseni Phiri, mwalandila chani kodi? Ukanakhala kuti m’mutumo zimayenda ukanadikila the final verdict from the court before making the careless conclusion that the DPP win of the 21 May election was legal…………………….!! Nde popeza waonetsa kale who you’re, mwina kulibwino kukusiya…………….. popeza akale akulu ananena kale kuti: “Empty vesicles make the most ujeni, ndangodutsatu ineeeeeeeeeeeeee wamva Tiyeseni!!

Hatton
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Hatton

Mai Karim,if your assertion is correct, when are you staging naked demonstrations to force Chakwera to resign as a member of parliament? Remember he was elected by the same Malawi election and in his acceptance that the Malawi elections were credible he dutifully was sown in as a Member of parliament. When are you asking Abida Mia to resign as an MP? Are you sure Right Honourable Madam Hara is not a legitimate Speaker? She became Speaker by virtue of winning a Malawi election as an MP, are you Janet questioning her legitimacy? Remember it was Malawi elections that declared… Read more »

The Patriot
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The Patriot

Well written article but of course the DPP diehards will not listen to advice, these are the kind of people who have nothing else to do in life except for being in power and plundering our resources, giving their own kin contracts and positions! Without power the whole tribe cannot survive!! I look forward to the day( and as sure as the sun rises from the east this day will come) when DPP and Mulhako will be out of government and then the chickens will come home to roost…musazanene kuti okhwuzani panalibe!!!

Richie
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Kodi madam did you audit or you are just following people who are going to the streets
What about waiting to hear from the courts
Some Malawians will believe lies
You remember the blood sucking saga

Nabanda
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Nabanda

Shupiti zako. Janet Karim, who do you think you are? Some of us (and many for that matter) feel the 2019 elections were credible. Iweyo unadyelera ndi abambo ako a Nyemba Mbekeani nthawi ya Kamuzu ndi MCP. Sizinakukwane? FOTSEKI

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

Ooohhh.
Mwana wa dictatorship eti? Ayalusidwe basi.

Ruth
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Ruth

Janet Karim is ‘nee Mbekeani.’ Her father was a senior official in the MCP government of our dictator, Hastings Kamuzu Banda. She comes from the rich Nyemba Mbekeani family and what annoys some of us is to see people who looted Malawi during Dr Banda’s autocratic reign pretending to be saints when they tortured this country. Uyaluka Janet Mbekeani Karim.

Central
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Central

Nde popeza a Mbekeani looted, you believe she should shut up!! Do you accept she is a Malawian and pays tax monthly? If you are literate, I suggest you know how much the University professors pay monthly………… and mukufuna asamalankhule popeza bambo ake anachitapo zonyansa? Nd tikamati ndinu ana a lucifer, simukhululuka tikunama? Where on earth are children punished because of the sins of parents!! Is it wrong to say that nde kuti inuyo you’re defending becoz you too are benefiting from the tippexed results, and would want to keep up benefiting irrespective of what some of us feel……………………………..!! Ndinu… Read more »

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

@Central
It’s NOT only about who pays taxes and how much!
Nanga bwa kumangonyoza ena akalemba zoyipa za Mbwiye wa MCP, Dictator Kamuzu?
Za zii basi.