Kaliati says DPP shivering because of Malawi fresh elections: ‘Its lockdown of democracy not Covid-19’

The UTM Party  has described the government’s  impending 21-day coronavirus lockdown  as a tactic by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to delay fresh presidential polls scheduled for July 2, because of the nullification of the May 21, 2019, vote.

Kaliati:  DPP shivering because of the fresh elections

“If at all they have passion for the people, they would have looked at what to do to give the people. It only shows that this is election fever. They are shivering because of the fresh elections,” UTM’s Secretary General Patricia Kaliati said in quotes reported by Zodiak Broadcasting Station.

“Poverty level in Malawi is so high. Most of the people work hand to mouth. People will die because of hunger and not Covid-19,” she said.

The lockdown has been blocked as High Court on Friday granted a temporary injunction  to Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), pending a judicial review within seven days.

Justice Kenyatta Nyirenda set aside the as HRDC  argued that more consultation was needed to prevent harm to the poorest and most vulnerable of society.

Small-scale traders, often young people, had been staging protests in the three major cities against the lockdown plan, carrying placards declaring that it would be better to contract the virus than die of hunger because they are unable to work.

Most of those protesting called on the government to provide them with cash and food hand-outs if a lockdown went ahead.

Presidential Press Secretary Mgeme Kalilani told the Reuters news agency that President Peter Mutharika’s office had noted the judgment and continued to see the lockdown as the way to save lives by minimising further spread of the coronavirus.

“Since the injunction obtained is a temporary relief pending judicial review, our expectation is that our civil, society and the courts will be guided by the law and what is in the best interest of Malawians when the matter finally comes for a hearing and determination, and nothing else,” Kalilani said.

“We can only hope that by the time the HRDC and the courts finalise dealing with the matter in court, it shall not be too late for all of us to effectively contain the spread of the virus and save lives.”

Health Minister Jappie Mhango announced on Friday that the number of coronavirus cases had risen to 17 from 16. The latest case is of a 70-year old Blantyre businessman of Asian origin.

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10 months ago

Malawi govt recalls Kaliati’s daughter from High Commission in London
June 1, 2018

This woman is the exact epitome of what Malawians do not want. That’s how she lost her seat. Please leave madam. We don’t want to see you and your bad make up ever again.

Munaba zokwana

10 months ago

Mayi wokuba wina so ngati uyu sanawoneke. Ntchito nepotism, kutumiza ana ake ku embassy while she was minister. She got fired, her kid fired now she’s bitter and wants to be in government through the back door. Please Malawians never allow such imbeciles to come back again.

Junior citizen
Junior citizen
10 months ago

Covid19 aliapo Zina zalowa ndale ndi cash. Kodi kuiphwanya kwa ma camera laptops ku kalembela wachisankho was it not ndale ? If you may think Kuti polembetsa anthu sangauzidwe to stay motalikilana????? Even kuvota kumene how do people buy food mu ma Shoprite or mall they does stands pa mzere with masks and handsanitizers✅

10 months ago

Can you rise dead man to vote? Plz plz plz let’s put politics aside and focus on this issue of covid 19

Mr Truth Pains
10 months ago

Madam Kaliati what u are saying is really true , these ministers and the whole executive arm of government are panicking to loose their seat. U can even see it from the beginning since the Court case started . They didn’t even want it to be heard in a court of law and since then they have used different ways to block it but to no avail. It seems the writing is on the wall that this government is indeed sinking . No doubt about that coz the signs are all over there for someone with ears to hear and… Read more »

Che Peter
10 months ago

This woman is inept, no wonder she lost her seat, and I am sure that’s the end of her. Covid-19 virus is deadly serious and there you are, playing cheap politics..

john phiri
john phiri
10 months ago

Kaliyati sounds very bitter her wish is to see peter out and corona comes secondary. who will vote for you should this virus affect the masses. dont just think about politics in every speech that you make. give suggestions and not just bad mouthing. this is a worldwide pendamic and if not put in check malawi can easily be wiped out. as i said ealier it is real dangerous for the economy when we have judiciary which is an opposition party itself. this has given the opposition a big head with assuarance that the judiciary which has turned opposition is… Read more »

10 months ago

Opposition Leaders, may you please have your own Private Doctors and go through those people the Government has announced that they are Positive do it on your own and find out If it is true. This Government has crooks and it is crooks who are running the games under this Pandemic. Malawi is the last Country in Africa to have an action on the Covid19! The test was supposed to be recommended by World Health Organisation first before the Government has to announce the results, who is the representative of WHO in Malawi? Did he or she recommended the results?… Read more »

10 months ago

Funso: Akaliati tiuzeni kuti alliance ili pati?

Kaliati chonde chonde
10 months ago

Zinazi tikamanena tuziganiza
Kaliati doesn’t know how serious corona virus is.
Ndilibe mau chitani zimene mukufuna.

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