Malawians are hoping for judges independence as opposition, President Mutharika tussle over elections results

The May 21 tripartite Malawi elections have been the most disputed and most emotional experience since the advent of multiparty politics in 1993 as opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) of Lazarus Chakwera and another opposition UTM party of Saulos Chilima are challenging the re-election of the incumbent Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Constitutional Court.

Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda gave  the certification to have the case heard in a constitutional court

 They contend that the elections were rigged and beset with a number of gross irregularities and electoral malpractice, citing duplicate tally sheets, counterfeit tally sheets, altered tally sheets and using tippex to doctor the results all in favour of Peter Mutharika.

They have requested the court to nullify the election results and demanded the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC ) chairperson Jane Ansah.

The case was initially heard on 14 June in the constitutional court.

Civil society organisations, among them, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition have added their weight behind opposition parties in calling for the immediate resignation of MEC chairperson because of the way she handled the elections.

They have planned demonstrations, backed by the Public Affairs Committee, on 20 June in all the regions of the country for her to resign.

Chilima also wrote a damning letter to MEC chairperson to resign.  Among other issues, he accuses her of influencing members of staff to help her to ensure that Mutharika is re-elected because she did not want Chakwera to win because his running mate, Sidik Mia, is a Moslem.

There has been smearing political tension since the results were announced on 27 May. MCP supporters, occasionally joined by supporters from other political parties, have been demonstrating in different parts of the country chanting anti-Mutharika songs, urging him to step down and call for fresh elections.

In the aftermath of election results, sporadic violence has occurred in the central region, the bastion of MCP’s support. The police have on several occasion fired teargas at MCP supporters, sometimes acting with heavy handedness.

Aside the demonstrations, the election case has caught the attention of many Malawians for several reasons.

Previous disputed election results such as MCP-UDF in 1999 and MCP-UDF in 2004 were not concluded in court. They died a natural death. Based on past experience, many have been incredulous that this one too might die a natural death.

The Attorney General, DPP and MEC lawyers were rendering credence to this fact by asking the court to dismiss the case on grounds that the application was filed late. However, the court has reserved its ruling on 19 June when the case goes back to court.

This election case has divided Malawians with both pro-government and opposition supporters exchanging bitter words against each other. It has got Malawians discussing the results on social media platforms and public places with passion and defending their side of the fence.

But this is not all, the case has attracted the highest number of lawyers.  The five lawyers representing Salous Chilima, ten for MCP, and more than six for Mutharika will present their case before a panel of five judges in the constitutional court.

Malawians are hoping for judicial independence and eager for the verdict to be delivered within the statutory 24 days.

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Malemu Professor Arthur P Stole K145 million
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Sanity must come back to Malawi. We cannot afford stolen elections anymore. Muluzi is to blame for destroying this country with love of money. You brought the Muthalika family into dpp and even your udf is almost dead. The only hope lies with the courts. Any document that is altered from a cheque to tally sheets is null and void. If we don’t get justice let the country break apart. We cannot have criminals run the country. As for you APM know that you days are numbered. Thieves don’t live long. You’re already too old to destroy this country.

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

DPP CADETS STOP THE NONSENSE PLS CAUSING and threatening malawians to please pitala. I hope you are not paid for this.otherwise, its your families that will suffer if something serious happen to you. Mind you, pitala will just say sorry to the affected.
So I beg either of anyone who is paid to cause havov to the genuine mwians. NKUJATU TATI

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Tikuti ndi wedsday tu. Muone zitacite a mw. Justice iveke bwinobwino apa

apwiya
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apwiya

Chakwera ndi chilima ngongole zawachulukira. Ankayesa masewera. Even if a rerun is done Dpp will carry the day because pple have now seek how MCP is a party of death and darkness and can’t vote for chakwera.Secondly MCP and Utm will only share votes from central and north only and the 3 m pple in the south will vote only for Dpp. Again DPp will eat some votes from central and northern region giving it better advantage still . Ndiye muzaliranso??

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

Many of you who are now fighting for positions,were not there when our first leaders offered their lives to throw out the British imperialism from our country one of them is late Rose Chiwambo who delivered her first child in Blantyre prison on third March, 1959. Malawians,the leaders you have to-day,are KOMA TIYEYE.Right now we have very few leaders like brother G.Kaiwonanga Gondew and his brother Vincent Gondwe both of them with brilliant education under colonial rule unfortunately,Vincent died few years later.The true fact is that,UTM Leader Chilima won clean votes with his fellow fighters and therefore,deserve the rights to… Read more »

Cardet wotsutsa
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Ma judge musachite nuisence mukhaulapo shuwa

Joloza
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Khothi likagamula kuti DPP inapamba pasachitikenso masankho obwereza ndiye kuti khothi siloyima palokha. Koma likalamula kuti masankho achitikenso ndiye kuti ndiloima palokha. Kwa anthu ena chilungamo ndikuti zinthu zichitike mmene iwowo akufunira. Zikachitka mosemphana ndi chifuniro chawo ndiye kuti chilungamo palibe. Kameneko ndiye kaganizidwe ka ma dictator. Nthawi zonse chilungamo sichikomera oluza.

Smart Aunt Sally
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True. We need more tippex in this country called Malawi. Without tippex we cannot have a president. I love your thinking.

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

How would you react if your son/daughter assuming you have one brought home end of year school report with some grades changed with tippex? And how would you think of a head teacher who would sign for those results and allow them to be sent to the parents?

Chimulomo
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Let there be the judgement in favour of majority to save our country as Jesus was judged but all that is done I’d Gods plan

Chamunorwa
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Chamunorwa

So the Judiciary will be deemed to be Indepedent only if they rule in favour of the opposition. This sucks. There is only one answer that you want to hear. Re run.Then there is no Independence of the Judiciary.

Truth Pains
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We don’t need tippex but win straight forward without hiding something under neath with your tippex.

Charie
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Charie

Chakwera and chilima pathako panu nose cos always losers is misbehaving like you guys stop this ife tikufuna chitukuko osati milandu pitan Ku Dpp akakupatsani ma baz

Joni
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Joni

Mwazolowera! Zikukhala ngati olo mutukwane tili nanu nanu ngati Malawi tikufinyani pakhosi basi….mabanziwo mutsanzatu ulendo uno!

Truth Pains
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I think, u don’t think using brain my friend but the same body part u just mentioned .

Cadet kupya tima ngati nkhandwe.

kim
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kim

mind ur language

Kenako Zizu
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Kenako Zizu

Most most uncivilised comment. I would have loved to see your parents and family environment and if ever you were raised by sane people. I would not be surprised to know that your one rescued by people when your mom dumped you in a pit latrine. Quite a dunderhead

tosh
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tosh

ABSOLUTELY RIGHT MACK CORNER WE ARE FASTING AND PRAYING FOR THAT