Malawians on social media react as Mutharika’s ‘Tipp-Ex’ win annulled over ‘massive’ irregularities

Many social media users describe the Constitution Court’s judgment to nullify the May 2019 presidential election results as a victory for  Malawian democracy and end to impunity for those given authority to government or administer services for the nation.

Hellen Chabunya: Jane Ansah owes all Malawians an apology.

Malawians have rushed to social media to express their views on a Constitution Court decision nullifying the result of the last year’s presidential elections  that declared President  Peter Mutharika the winner.

The court on Monday ordered on a new presidential election to be held within 150 days, saying the May 2019 presidential election had been marred by “massive” poll irregularities, including white correction fluid  – Tipp-Ex- being used to alter results..

As the court verdict was delivered youths celebrated the opposition’s victory and drivers blew car horns in the capital.

Many social media users tweeting on the issue said that the court’s judgment was a victory for Malawi democracy.

Blantyre-based lawyer John-Gift Mwakhwawa, who is former Malawi Law Society president, wrote on Facebook: “The wait was worth it. It is not about anyone of us. Iyt has always been for this generation.”

UK-based economist Watipaso Mkandawire wrote: “A sober call to MPs on both sides of the aisle … take  a leafe from judges, rise to the occasion. We are watching.”

Spokesman on the United Democratic Front (UDF) party Ken Ndanga also took to Facebook to comment, posting: “ The ruling did not say that any political party rigged the elections. It simply said the MEC messed up the elections. The judges were fair, independent and professional.”

Politician-cum-activist Hellen Chabunya took issues with chairperson of the electoral body: “Jane Ansah owes all Malawians an apology.”

Governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali commented that the “integrity” of President Mutharija and MEC “including Jane Ansah and Sam Alfandika (Chief Elections Officer) have been heavily damaged with the court ruling.”

Medical student in Cuba, Thoko Muwalo posted: “Feels like independence day celebrations.”

UTM supporter in England, Kondi Bowoyoke Munthali wrote on Fcaebook: “ I want to be a Malawi High Court judge when I grow up.”

And  Stanly Kenani who has been a social media influencer on topical issues wrote: “ConCourt has saved this country fromanarchy! God bless our judges.”

While journalist Peter Makossa wrote: “Elections that never were, a vice president (Everton Chimulirenji) that never was, never is, never should have been and will never be.”

The court ordered another vote to be held within 150 days, a boost to the opposition leaders Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima who mounted the legal challenge.

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Mdala
Mdala
9 months ago

What about integrity towards your job?
Nothing less than a resignation letter I would have expected form the first and second respondents after the verdict was read!

Evance
Evance
9 months ago

APM we’ll follow Zuma as wanted). man for the killing of albino

Baba Ndiwe
9 months ago

Through this Presidential election judgement, I have learnt the following: Lesson 1: Professor Peter Mutharika is a Statesman. He has shown his full tolerance and that he is a nation builder. He has been snatched his victory but did not command his people to cause havoc. As I am speaking no one has been hurt out of the verdict that came out despite that it has been painful. His Statesmanship is even shown when he did not touch Joyce Banda even though he was arrested by her before he ascended into power. He did not even touch Joyce Banda even… Read more »

chimanga
9 months ago
Reply to  Baba Ndiwe

Wakuba akagwidwa sabweza mob justice kuopa kuphedwa. In the same vein, Peter cannot do anything for fear of the worst. Simple

amadeus
9 months ago
Reply to  Baba Ndiwe

This analysis is very mediocre. Peter is not a statesman. On the contrary he is just some clueless idiot of a leader. If he was a statesman as you claim, he would have been consistently preaching peace an calm throughout the case hearing. Furthermore, he would have personally made a statement to the nation just before the ruling. He did nothing of the above. The judges did not have a grudge against Jane Ansah. The judges simply looked at the evidence brought before them and concluded she was incompetent. Based on what we all heard, would you say Jane Ansah… Read more »

kanchenga
kanchenga
9 months ago
Reply to  amadeus

No it’s not weird he just slept through a revolution. He never read anything, he never heard anything, he never understood anything because he was sleeping and what he has written is a bad dream he had while sleeping. Forgive him please.

3February
3February
9 months ago
Reply to  Baba Ndiwe

Cadet

Mpweya zii
Mpweya zii
9 months ago
Reply to  Baba Ndiwe

It will be nice to educate yourself..read more and interrogate issues with an open mind to understand why certain things happen. Your lesson 1: kudos to APM. That’s how it is supposed to be no “ifs” and “buts” Your Lesson 2: if any of the findings are wrong please mention them. Remember Jane Mathanga one of the commissioners 3 weeks ago emphasised that using tippex is illegal etc etc.. and the judges findings are in line with what the commissioners knew already yet overlooked… What did you expect? To let it slide?? Your Lesson 3: it’s possibility the English that… Read more »

bushman2
bushman2
9 months ago
Reply to  Baba Ndiwe

next time just keep quite. we dont go to public with such brainless opinions

chikwangwani
9 months ago
Reply to  Baba Ndiwe

Baba ndiwe ukuchita kuonesela kuti mchele nde wathadi uziona man

Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
9 months ago

I feel so proud for the first time in my life to be a Malawian. These judges have proved beyond any reasonable doubt that we do have credible Malawians who can run our country with so much integrity. For the first time in our lives we have judges who refused to be bribed. That’s being professional. God will reward them. You actually don’t know how much you have notched Malawi up internationally. Now flush out all thieves in government, past and present. Thank you to all peace loving Malawians who prayed on an outcome based on justice. This is what… Read more »

kanchenga
kanchenga
9 months ago

This is true except for Peter. Peter had a garden to prepare so he acquired tools to use. Bad tools for that matter. He is a bad farmer don’t blame the tools. As a leader it was his job to surround himself with good people and chose thieves because he is a thief. Bird’s of the same feathers. See what Chakwera did. The best lead counsel in Modicai Msiska. The best technician in Bandulo and Daudi and the best supporting counsel in Titus Mvalo. That’s what good managers do. Assemble good team to work for you. Thats why we have… Read more »

charles
charles
9 months ago

I want to see high court offices built facing parliament in THE CAPITAL LILONGWE .Democracy has to reward the judges for the job well done. May the future of their second and third and future generations be bright as a morning star glowing into sunshine.

Mwene
Mwene
9 months ago

Some of us foresaw this coming. The AG defence was very poor. While admitting irregularities he kept on defending numbers?????? Irregularities had an impact on the constitution and PPEA. A whole AG missing the point or deliberate!!!!!! Come voting, is it worth it to vote for APM one term president??? He has already messed up the country!!!!!!

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
9 months ago
Reply to  Mwene

Mow the real “brutum fulmen” has been exposed. At some point they was a stiff competition for the great award. Both FAKE PhD holder and “CROCODILE smile Sam” wanted the award badly.
Jezebel has also been vindicated, she can look OVER her shoulders and BIZARRELY pat herself on the back, for a job well done. Jezebel should go down in history books as the worst MEC chair, a woman with no shame, no remorse, could not even shed a tear over the sufferings of Malawi.

kanchenga
kanchenga
9 months ago
Reply to  Fake Petros

Shaa painful description but true

charles
charles
9 months ago
Reply to  Mwene

remember negative x negative is equal to positive The AG played a good negative to agree with the irregularities negative it was not a defense it was a pointer to weakness on which fellow judges would for a basis for judgement that it law.

wisdom
wisdom
9 months ago

This is victory for Malawi and all Malawians. When you treat God’s people like dirt, He exposes you big time. He does not only go after you but the whole of your system. He brings you down but also your financiers. It has been very dramatic how APM, Mpinganjira, Ansah, and the rest have been brought to their knees at the same time. ”Ana amulungu sangakhale kulira masiku onse amoyo awo” Lucius sung. I am saying Amen to that!!

Kwayeza
Kwayeza
9 months ago
Reply to  wisdom

ZOONA ANTHU ANANYOZA MUNTHU WA MULUNGU KUTAYA NTHAWI GOD LISTENS TO HIS CHILDREN.DZANJA LALAMBA LALEMBA NO ONE WILL STOP THE CHANGE GOODWILL MALAWIANS OF ALL TRIBES AND REGIONS WANT LET THE FEW GREEDY PURSUE THEIR LOSING BATTLE.GOD BLESS MALAWI.THERE IS NO BLOODSHED BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN HEAVEN.GLORY BE TO GOD.ANY EVIL PLAN FROM NOW WILL NOT PREVAIL YOU WILL BE EXPOSED.MALAWIANS CONTINUE PRAYING FOR UNITY DO NOT ALLOW GREEDY PEOPLE TO DIVID US TO HATE EACH OTHER.AMEN

Mary
Mary
9 months ago

Thank you God for watching over Malawians.

tman
9 months ago

TIDIKIRE 150DAYS YOMWEYO NGATI WINA SAZAPITANSO KU COURT

Jenala
Jenala
9 months ago
Reply to  tman

Tawasiyeni, adzalira amenewa

COPS
COPS
9 months ago
Reply to  Jenala

Heheeeeeee Nullification yakupweteka, uwona wekha kuti upanga bwanjeeeeee

Mpweya zii
Mpweya zii
9 months ago
Reply to  Jenala

Zitayeni izi.

kanchenga
kanchenga
9 months ago
Reply to  Jenala

Tsono ngati muli popular mumaberanji. Kuzolowera eti. There is a saying around that says don’t marry a lomwe all children will be thieves. Educated or not.

Kwayeza
Kwayeza
9 months ago
Reply to  tman

MULUNGU SALOLA JABULOSI KULAMULA MAPEMPHERO AMVEKA KUMWAMBA ANTHUTU AGWADIRA MULUNGU NDI KUSALA.MULUNGU AKAYANKHA WA YANKHA AMENE ATSUTSANE NAZO MUONA MKONO WAKE PAJA SIWAUFUPI UMUFIKIRA POFUNA KUOMBOLA ANA AKE.ENANU KHULUPIRIRANI ZA MUMDIMAZO ZOMWE MUMACHITA PACHISANKHO CHAPITACHO MWAYALUKA TO THE vWHOLE WORLD PUTING MALAWI TO SHAME SECOND IN AFRICA AFTER KENYA NULIFICATION VIVA MALAWI VIVA DEMOCRACY WE FOUGHT IN 1994.WINA SANGAICHITE HIGH JACK AYALUKA NDITHU.GOD BLESS MALAWI

Lum Cee
Lum Cee
9 months ago

APM will go back to America, running away from the the bad things he did in past term.

Dambolangalu
Dambolangalu
9 months ago

Apepese basi.

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