Malawi opposition supporters celebrate after court rejects Mutharika’s appeal against fresh elections

Malawi opposition supporters erupted into wild scenes of celebrations on Friday  after the Supreme Court on Friday in a unanimous decision upheld an earlier constitutional court ruling that declared  President Peter Mutharika was “not duly elected” in a disputed 2019 vote.

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera and Vice President Saulos Chilima are part of the celebrations.
a Nyasa Times pic

A new election will now be held on July 2, for which three candidates, including Mutharika, filed their nomination papers this week.

In its ruling on Friday, the Supreme Court said, some of the grounds of appeal by Mutharika were “extremely confrontational and unwarranted. “

It added that Mutharika also accuses the constitutional court of bias on some grounds and the justices of appeal cautions against unwarranted allegations against courts.

The Supreme Court also said the Malawi Electoral Commission should not have appealed, as doing so showed it was taking sides.

“The conduct of the electoral commission left a lot to be desired,” Justice Frank Kapanda said. “There was a lack of seriousness and incompetence.”

After the ruling, supporters of opposition parties in the capital Lilongwe busted into scenes of jubilation chanting anti-Mutharika songs in the streets.

Mutharika, 80, who has picked Atupele Muluzi son of former president Bakili Muluzi as his running mate for fresh elections, will remain president until the new election because he was in power before the now-invalidated 2019 result.

He will face stiff challenge from Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) who has picked State vice-president Saulos Chilima as his running mate.

Neither the ruling party nor the  President have commented on the verdict.

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Ndikhetsamwazi Chakwera

The DPP and UDF have never lost an election whilst in power. 2 July.The fight is on. Judges won’t run the elections.

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
9 months ago

Rumour has it that Mutharika and MEC are planning to appeal to satan, having exhausted all the courts in Malawi

chataika
chataika
9 months ago

Thats not the end of it all. More chaos is coming. The issue of constituency tally centre that has discouraged was initiated to answer the concerns by several parties and electoral stakeholders which MEC adhered to. And today blaming MEC i found it unrealistic and partisan. There are some areas which MEC did a very commendable job and all that has been thrown into the water, its bad. Lets give credit where it is due. Incompetency and i repeat incompetency does not warrant dismissal. A Lazarus did not listen to the calls of his supporters to convene an early convention… Read more »

Mina
Mina
9 months ago
Reply to  chataika

Qochatayika Sali ku Malawi sorry. MEC failed Malawians. My vote is my choice not MECs choice to put whom they desired.

Chihuahua
Chihuahua
9 months ago

Honestly munthalika is a fool and his advisers are so stupid who doesn’t know proper direction. In fact they think corruption can pave every way for him , not this time.

How can he pick atupere ifeyo kutiona uchitsilu chani? It has shown clearly that they think it’s business they gaining a lot.

Ife tidzingonva ma banja awiri basi za usilu yet…and we need them in prison boma likasintha adzamangidwe ndipo aliyese akhale tcheru asadzabere olo half anthu amenewa enough is enough

M Cheka Chilenje
M Cheka Chilenje
9 months ago

Nanu atolankhani tamalembani zeni zeni apa. stiff competition ya kwani? UDD DPP cannot beat UTMCP. Never never never

Chiga
Chiga
9 months ago

COUNTDOWN 54 DAYS TO GO!

James
James
9 months ago

Things are getting worse and worse

Na bi soo
Na bi soo
9 months ago

✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿

Twaibu
Twaibu
9 months ago

Koma kwavita Ku mpanje

Malawi belong to the citizens

Glory to God

Mina
Mina
9 months ago

Ameen Amen

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