Malawi opposition leader says Mutharika will be cornered: Analysts wary anarchy

Leader of opposition in Parliament Robin Lowe has warned President Peter Mutharika of any attempts to cling to power after July 3 2020, saying fresh presidential elections should be held as a constitutional court and the Supreme Court ruled that he was not duly elected as President.

Leader of opposition Lowe: Time up for Mutharika

In his State of the Nation address delivered to Parliament on Friday through a recorded video, Mutharika persuaded the lawmakers to consider postponing the election due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic despite  the court order to hold the fresh vote   within 150 days, after the court ruling on February 3.

The 150 days will elapse on July 3.

But Mutharika warned the opposition, he would not accept to be removed from power—even by the courts, or the people power movement,  warning that would be tantamount  to  treason.

But Lowe said Mutharika’s attempts to undermine the fresh elections will not succeed, saying the country will still have the elections as ordered by the court.

“We will comply with the court orders and after 150 days, Mutharika will be cornered,” said Lowe.

Lowe said it is clear that the President is against the court ruling and does not want to comply with it.

He said Mutharika’s time in power is over.

Lowe said the opposition was aware that the ruling party is seeking to introduce laws to reverse the court rulings, but said the opposition may bring own legislation depending on the situation to ensure the elections are held within the period ordered by court.

Governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times that President Mutharika is working tooth and nail to frustrate the court’s decision and asking Parliament to rebel against the Judiciary.

“What Mutharika is doing is to sow seeds of anarchy which unfortunately may backfire on him in the short or long term.

“But why is Mutharika behaving like this? Does it mean he doesn’t understand the tenets of constitutionalism, rule of aw and judicial accountability. Certainly, as a professor of law Mutharika must be well conversant with these basics of law,” said Munthali.

However, he pointed out that the problem is that “Mutharika is simply trying to create a crisis or anarchy in order to pursue narrow political interests in a context where the likelihood of him retaining the office are slim due to the threat posed by Tonse Alliance.”

Munthali noted that while Mutharika’s running mate Atupele Muluzi  is excited about the fresh elections, the President has apparently proven to be disinterested in the fresh elections and he has devoted more time out of public appearance to scheme on how he would stop or further delay the new vote.

“Mutharika knows very well that it won’t be easy to win the election hence his disinterest in the election.

“ In summary, what we are saying now is an attempt by a leader to cling to power through unlawful means.It is important that all electoral stakeholders and Malawians of public will stand up and defend Constitutionalism, rule of law and our hard earned democracy,” he said.

Ernest Thindwa, a political science lecturer at Chancellor College (Chanco)—a constituent college of the  University of Malawi — said the President should concede that Malawians have a right to choose who to govern them.

Thindwa:  The ultimate authority to rule derives from citizens

“It is now beyond reasonable doubt the interim president in his continued mood of abusing office is bent on denying Malawians their constitutional right to choose their leader through a free, fair and credible elections. Citizens have to rise to the occasion to demand and defend their constitutional right to elect a President of their choice in an election that reflects popular will,” said Thindwa .

He argued that President Mutharika needs not be reminded that at the moment, he has no mandate and that the ultimate authority to rule derives from citizens.

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AKWENI
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AKWENI

MALAWI ARMY SHOULD RISE UP AND FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER AFTER 3 JULY 2020.
WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR

John Phiri
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John Phiri

Can someone please confirm that APM studied law and that he qualified and became a lecturer in law and became again a professor of law.

Jason Mlowoka
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Jason Mlowoka

Many are looking at things from one view point without taking into consideration the stand point of the otherside. Unfortunately, when you set out to do a thing you always think your model is the best, which of course is not. Mutharika is not going to be cornered. That is a child’s thinking. Much as Chakwera and company has a following, Mutharika also commands a following too. Now if you intend to cheat by using the courts, don’t think the otherside will accept that hands down. Possibly those who are encouraging this might have forgotten how volatile politically things were… Read more »

Ajijo
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Ajijo

God is not Abraham. Both side are praying to him. So let wait and see what happens at the end of the day.

anzeru aku Mawa
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anzeru aku Mawa

this guy is playing destruction tactics; Anthu akubwera ku msonkhano wa Atupele ndiye vuto. osanamizana anthu akubweratu. mavoti ndiogawana awa. ndiye mukamangomulekera Chilima msonkhano mupeza mavoti atapita.

Livulezi river
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Livulezi river

What started like a joke, has now turned into a big thorn in dpp’s flesh.
Soon after the courts proceedings , the dpp team highly underrated Chilima and Chakwera.
Interestingly, unfortunately or blindly, they ( dpp crew) kept on saying “palibe mulandu pamene paja , boma sililuza , tiwina ife” , up until the last whistle.
A lomwe guy once predicted in an audio clip that matupi ndi mizimu ya a malubino anapha a dpp ija yakwiya ndipo singawasekerere.
Now , they’ve sensed nyekhwe !! kkķkk hahaha

Tazi
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Tazi

Muthlika just do the needful thing that you retain the little respect that remains. Do not be cheated. Parliament cannot enact the laws to counter act the judgement that has already been passed. The laws to be made shall apply only to future incidence. Do not be cheated come 3rd July you are just a nobody. Let me remind you that Malawi soldiers are professionals. They are always guided by the laws. Remember during Bingu (MHSRIP) they defended the law. During your ascention too, they defended the law. So do not be myopic. Chitseko chikamakupwanya katundu do not be surprised.

Malawi belong to the citizens
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The judiciary ndiwomwe amapereka most of solutions in politics.Peter Munthalika is not Malawi himself.The citizens will rule Malawi forever.Analumbiritsa president ndi majudge,amalumbiritsa ma members of parliament ndi majudge,omwe amamasulira malamulo ndi majudge,omwe amateteza malamulo adziko ndi majudge ndipo amene amapanga enforce Kut lamulo kugwire ntchito ndimajudge. Executive yikakhala ndivuto pazamalamulo,abwalo lamilandu amamasulira.Ndipo members of parliament akakhala ndi vuto lamulo lawo lomwe amapitanso kubwalo lamilandu Kut akamasulire bwino.The judiciary is doing it’s job of protecting, interpreting and enforcing the constitution.Wether Munthalika likes or not he is leaving the state house.The citizens will not be abused for the second time.Munthalika needs to… Read more »

H E Nyaphapi One
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I have run out of advice for idiot. I will wait for 3 July. And it is just around the corner!

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

Anthu ankati Kamuzu anali dictator koma analora (NEVER RESISTED) kukhale referendum 1993 and presidential elections 1994. Mbava zikopa zisankho yet they claim anawina ma elections. DDP like a SCARED TIMID DOG has its TAIL TAGGED in between itsegs PEEING UNCONTROLLABLY, kkkk

Noxy
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Don’t we have other unbiased analysts??

Cosy Chisale
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Cosy Chisale

Go for Steven Maseya or Ho0e Chisanu

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