MCP’s Chakwera takes leader of opposition role in Parliament: Sworn-in as MP

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, who is disputing results of the May 21 presidential race,  has sworn in as a member of Parliament on  Monday for his Lilongwe Northwest constituency.

Chakwera sworn in

The MCP leader has represented Lilongwe South West since 2014 soon after joining politics.

Chakwera, 64,  is set for a fresh term as leader of opposition in  parliament, the role he served for the last five years.

The opposition leader took n oath of office and oath of allegiance.

His party supporters in the gallery chanted ‘boma! boma!’ perhaps failure to accept that their candidate came second on the presidential poll.

According to Malawi laws, one cannot be an MP at the same time serving as President or Vice-president.

A section of new Members of Parliament  swore before God to well and truly to serve the Republic of Malawi while doing right to all manner of people in accordance with the laws of manner and without fear or favour.

Ironically, while Chakwera and his MCP are contesting the validity of the May 21 presidential poll results, arguing it was marred by irregularities, including the use of Tippex on election results sheets, they have not disputed legislative and local government poll results conducted by the same Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

Apparently by swearing in, Chakwera appears to accept the results announced by the MEC in the parliamentary race throwing the credibility of his challenge against the polls  results into question.

Tippex was not part of MEC inventory and in two separate press briefings, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah admitted the electoral body was equally shocked by its use in the elections.

MEC declared President Peter Mutharika winner of the presidential election on May 28.

Meanwhile, Mutharika has asked Chakwera and other opposition leaders to accept the election results, blamed MCP for tarnishing the country’s image and causing “unnecessary tension” through post-election violence.

“An election, just as any competition has one winner, as such Chakwera should live up to his promise of honouring the people’s will,” said the President at  a political rally at St Augustine 3 Primary School in Mangochi monitored by Nyasa Times on public broadcaster MBC .

“We signed and agreed to the Electoral Code of Conduct which compelled us to agree to poll results. Reverend Chakwera should do that for the sake prosperity.”

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Obanda
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Obanda

Would it have been that the msec didnt go ahead with the swearing ceremony Chakwera would have done the same

Ochewa
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Ochewa

This is his level, NOT presidency. Munthu onunkha sete kungozuka wati ndikhale president asa!!! Ng’oooo

MEM
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MEM

You are EVIL!

Nalingula
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Nalingula

What kind of Logic is this? If someone is Sworn in as MP or President does it mean the Results are Genuine or it is Just as Required by Law….In 2014 Msungama Won But another DPP Guy was Sworn in as MP despite Challenge by Msungama…Koma Maganizidwe Amenewa Ziko lingatukuke…Ntchito kugoziwa Kudya Misonkho ya Macompany Omwe Angwazi Anabweresa…achina Castle/Carlsberg.. .Bweresani Anu Tione…

True Exposer
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True Exposer

Angwazi Achina Mukafuna kupha Ma Bishop inu anthu woipa . Simukati Angwazi amene akukunyozani timukozela muma wa nena a Bishop

Maunitsi
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Maunitsi

Tripitite dpp does not know up to now shame. After colluding with MEC by use of Bluetooth Jane Ansah had to manipulate figures after seeing that Chakwera was leading wanted him Chakwera to accept that rubbish. Never you will cry baba the courts are not MEC who you can import them Bluetooth for manipulation justice will have to have to come out. Malwians do not want you papa and on rerun you will be punished by GOD ALMIGHTY.

Ntumbuka Mwenecho
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Ntumbuka Mwenecho

Awa anazolowera u leader of opposition. Ndi mgodi wao.

Omex70
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Omex70

Stupid thinking

YOSWA
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YOSWA

Tiyeni nazo, olimbana ali ku court coz they have facts enafe zongomva basi. All what we need to know is that what so ever the out come will be, it will be for all of us. If it will be good we will all benefit and if it will be bad we will all be affected. Lets not waste time kutukwanana all what we need is good roads that we can drive and see our relatives in the village, medicine in rural public hospitals learning materials in schools, housing for teachers etc. Its not a matter of who runs the… Read more »

Machiavelli
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Machiavelli

An article written by a DPP sympathizer, probably a Lomwe. No wonder there is no author’s name. A story not balanced, full of personal opinions. Garbage!!!

wayas
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your opinion too brother..all these are opinions..but there is logic…y ma mp is credible..ya president not credible kkkkkkk think twice

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
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Anzelu ndi Anzelu

Kulimwambi wina woti: you can’t eat your cake and still keep it. Apapa aLazalo apala zedi. He should have refused to be sworn in as MP since he claims they were rigged. How can he subject himself as a beneficiary to a process that he is disputing. The same MEC that declared him winner as MP is the same MEC that declared Mutharira as winner of the presidency. The same Tippex that declared him winner as MP is the same Tippex that declared Mutharira as winner. A leader should be decisive not just dismissive.

wayas
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exactly especially when he knows that he has won????

Akubawa
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Akubawa

Bravo Dr Chakwela……now call off your youth league and make peace with Mutharika. Just remember next time do not oppose too much because you become unelectable….just like chihana, john tembo, gwanda chakuwamba etc.

Iantana
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Iantana

kkk so he has accepted defeat?