Malawi descent into anarchy: Analysts advise Mutharika to share power

A political analyst has advised President Peter Mutharika to initiate dialogue with the opposition, saying the violent protests and boycott of the state of the nation address by legislators are signs of political anarchy.

The bench-banging and shouts by MCP lawmakers
Magolowondo: Malawi in political tatters

The booing, heckling, bench-banging and shouts by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislators were directed at the President for allegedly securing his re-election victory through rigging and fraud.

Augustine Magolowondo, a political scientist at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi  and was in parliament when opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislators heckled Mutharika before boycotting the Sona, said this was a clear indication that Malawi is now a divided nation.

“The action is a clear indication that the opposition does not accept the results of the election. There was state of chaos in parliament,” said Magolowondo.

He said the action by the MCP MPs was a reflection of the kind of politics the country is now experiencing.

“It is now time the leadership came out and united the nation. This requires more than political rhetoric,” said Magolowondo.

Magolowondo said the President should always use the language which inspires hope and that heals the political wounds the opposition are going through following allegations that the presidential vote was manipulated in favour of Mutharika.

Newspaper columnist Backbencher stated on Saturday that he fears “tremor of disunity.”

The columnist in Weekend Nation wrote that the massive turnout in all the cities on Thursday of angry Malawians calling for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Jane Ansah to go, left no doubt in my mind that as a nation we are heading the wrong direction.

“But as a Southerner, I have never felt more insecure in the Centre and North. Without drumming up telltale signs of a nation being torn apart, I’d like to say a political system where a minority government exercises sovereign authority in a winner-takes-all manner is the reason peace and unity are being threatened.

“Simply put, no group of Malawians fought colonialism and dictatorship so they could be colonised by another group under the multiparty political dispensation,” wrote Backbencher, whole urging President Mutharika to share power and the national cake equitably.

Key poll contestants MCP and UTM have moved the Constitutional Court to nullify the presidential results and order a re-run.

However, the President and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) say they won the election fairly and squarely.

MCP officials and supporters have lately been holding protests following the announcement of presidential results three weeks ago.

MCP and UTM, last week, joined nationwide protests organised by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition, which is seeking the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Jane Ansah, allegedly for mishandling the election, partly by allowing a tampering of some ballot tally sheets and related documents with the liquid white collection fluid  called tippex.

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joji wina
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I just want to school zitsiru zambiri zomwe zikumaphatikiza nkhani ya chisango ndi mtundu wa ch iLhomwe that it is insensitive to castigate people on the grounds that they voted for their tribesman. Kodi pakati pa a Lhomwe ndi achewa omwe awonetsa tsankho kwambiri ndi ndani? And you moron called Magolowondo why kukokomeza zinthu? Pali chifukwa cha power sharing apa? This country cannot go into anarchy because God will not allow anthu oluza ndinso ansanje to cause chipwirikiti. Mark my words pompano onse atha psyiti .Palibe zotengera boma pa window.. #Chakwera and chilima must fall!

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

I have liked your idea. It should start from govt. entities which are headed by LOMWES and statutory corporation headed by the same LOMWES. If you are qualified as a LOMWE even more a LOMWE is likely to be your head instead of a talented and a good leader.

King Tippex
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I am stocking up on tippex so that I make millions in the coming re-run. After that I go on holiday to Acapulco Mexico. And enjoy a pina colada under a palm tree on the beach.

namachekeka namanja
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namachekeka namanja

home of economic activities of farming

namachekeka namanja
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namachekeka namanja

lets wait and see their is no way one should rule this country with Tippex ngati ndi magazi we are ready to fight the good thing with centre we are ok because of farming -other than

Chingaipe
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Chingaipe

Continue arguing while Jan is resting in Indonesia lkkkkkkk

Chingaipe
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Chingaipe

Imean Jane is feeling boooo in Indonesia

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

Judge Ansah should not go anywhere. There is no reason why she should resign; after all observers, including the ones feared by MCP and UTM (like The European Union), concluded that the elections were run professionally and ethically … and even other African countries could even learn much from us. The analyses included, and actually emphasized, the Presidential election. MCP, as usual, cooking up claims: no election is perfect, anywhere. But the significant question is ” did the “mistakes” tilt the results one way or the other?” The Courts will rule on this; but my guess is that the answer… Read more »

Drake
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Drake

Malawi is not in a situation of anarchy, but War Lord Chakwera and Hamdan wants to turn the Country into anarchy. God will not allow it, I want to assure Chakwera, as a man who know the Word of GOD that he needs to stand for the truth, do not force yourself on the Chair. Malawians must accept that Malawi is a divided Nation, and the voting pattern has followed that trend. There was no way people in the South and Eastern Would have voted for MCP. Chakwera did well in the Centre, he performed miserably in the North and… Read more »

Khudze mkuyabwe
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Khudze mkuyabwe

Mwakhuta m’gaiwa nkumalemba zopusa,mbuzi inu.obelayo nde akuyambisa nkhondo not chakwela

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Malawians want a ligitimate winner & not sharing with tippex Muthalika nobody wants a thieving leadership period.

Tuvitwana
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Tuvitwana

King Banda machende ako!