Malawi on verge of very dangerous situation: Attorney General seeks Supreme Court demos stay order

Malawi police in Lilongwe Police have been fighting running battles with protestors after the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) proceeded with demonstrations as Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale has rushed to Supreme Court of Appeal to seek an order to stop demonstrations for causing violence after judge Kenyatta Nyirenda dismissed his application.

More protesters joining the march in Mchesi, Lilongwe
Protesters in Lilongwe have torched police armoured vehicle.
The Attorney General is set to fight on as he believes that while the judgement in the High Court  was well-meaning and made on the point of law, the substantive constitutional matters and the rights of the majority remain unattended to.
There is a feeling that the judgement does not address the real substantive matters which the Attorney General raises before the Court.
Some commentators have warned that Malawi  was on the verge of a “very dangerous situation”.
Government contends that the country should not continue to allow these violent protesters to make use of the constitutional right to protest to  conceal the ulterior motives of opposition parties fronting the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).
HRDC is continuing with its series of nationwide protests to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Jane Ansah to resign for presiding over flawed May 21 Tripartite Elections which saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected.
A team of non-violence civil society has already reported the opposition to the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) for inciting and causing violence. They have also written Michael Pompeo, US Secretary of State who is on record for declaring that the election was “successful” and that President Peter Mutharika is the legitimate leader whom the US Government is set to support.
Meanwhile, former president Bakili Muluzi said he is arranging meetings with Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima, who is also the country’s immediate past vice-president (May 2014 to May 2019) to continue pursuing his mediation drive to resolve the post-election stalemate that has left the country engulfed in tension.
Muluzi said he has already talked to both of them and “they have agreed for us to meet.”
The former president, who last week stepped up the arbitration drive by separately meeting President Peter Mutharika and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC),   said he would not discuss the substantive matters of the dialogue, but indicated that there was progress in the quest to bring the parties together for the good of the country.

Since  May 27 when Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah declared Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as winner of the presidential race in the May 21 Tripartite Elections with 1 940 709 votes representing 38.57 percent, tension has engulfed the country and, in some cases resulting in protests marred by looting and violence.

Results MEC announced put Chakwera on second position with 1 781 740 votes representing 35.41 percent and Chilima third, ahead of four other aspirants, with 1 018 369 votes representing 20.24 percent.

Chilima and Chakwera have since filed a petition in the Constitutional Court seeking nullification of the presidential election results. They cite alleged flaws in the results management process as one key factor for their case.

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Achiswe'.'
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No surrender! Go! Go! Go! We have started the revolution, we must continue until we have a government that we can trust and believe in, and which will govern for the good of ALL and not just the FEW.

Popi
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Popi

Kondwani Nankhumwa, utsogoleri ulimo osati mbalame zinazi kukanika kusova simple arithmetic!

National CEO
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National CEO

Mr Attorney General Sir, why can’t you just advise the President to fire Jane Ansah? You are right that the Demes are bad,but how you want the demos to end is not a good move.

kumbukani Molishu
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Stupid attorney general never before,,,

kumbukani Molishu
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So. Malawi attorney general wants to loose one case for many times??

Political commentator
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The most stupid Attorney Malawi has ever had…..he seems he never did law

Charie
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Charie

Koma kukhala ndi mtsogoleri b wachifundo mudziko sibwino apa nde timati kalowa mkhadabo kumuwonerela professor i think he must use he’s power now

wawathu
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wawathu

He does not have power, you dweeb! People have the power.

Political commentator
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chifundo? Are you serious? onse akuthamanga ku court wa akuwauza ndani?…..Zonse zomabalalitsa ma protestors izi akuwatuma ndani? My friend, munene kuti even the leader wabalalika bcoz anthu sakuopa olo mfuti…akudziwanso kuti kupha awiri or atatu zikhala zipolowe zenizeni. Apa zafikapa olo atalamula kuti shoot to kill, anthu azangootchanapo…sakuopanso. Paja anati Force will meet Force, koma sizikuoneka za force…people are angry…..

TOL
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TOL

Charie which power? Who gave it to him? For what reason? To what Capacity? To which People?

Chingoni pa stone
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Sichifundo mwene ichi, we call it fear, He knows that anytime soon table’s might turn and then if He tries to do anything then He is gonna rot in JAIL, osamalakwitsa polankhula Peter ndi mbalame yopanda pake iyi

Mbwiye
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Mbwiye

Malawi on the verge of a dangerous situation indeed. Where are our politicians? They mobilised us to vote and we obliged. Zoona panopa tivutikeso? Mwagawana ma fifty million, is this fair? Ladies and gentlemen think twice. You better talk to one another, otherwise we are getting fed up.

Luso
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Luso

For what?

Tippexed Judges
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Tippexed Judges

How many times are you appealing Mr Kaphale, these tippex judge will always back with the opposition. Thats why they make rulings nichodemously in the middle of the night!!!

Political commentator
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The truth is even the judges respects the rule of law….they cant do otherwise, the constitution is always there to reffer to….even ku Supreme court, he will not win it