Mutharika asked being ‘Tipp-Ex president’ for Malawi on Al Jazeera: Insists on ‘credible’ win

President Peter Mutharika was asked by Al Jazeera journalist James Bay on television that he is being called ‘Mr Tipp-Ex president’ after  numerous presidential election results sheets had figures erased by the correction fluid and different figures superimposed onto them which  rallied the opposition  presidential hopeful to challenge the results in court.

Al Jazeer journalist asking President Mutharika if he knows he is being called ‘Mr Tippex’

Mutharika, who is a first respondent in the Constitutional Court election petition case,  admitted that Tippex was used, but denied any wrongdoing, and  insisted that he won the elections clean; hence, opposition parties should accept and move on.

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM’s Saulos Chilima are challenging the presidential results, in a historic court case being handled by a panel of five judges in a constitutional court.

He said on Talk to Al Jzeera monitored by Nyasa Times that he won his second and final constitutional five-year term of office through a process that was declared by six international organisations as “free, fair and credible”.

Mutharika, among others, cited the European Union (EU), Commonwealth, African Union (AU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Southern African Development Community (Sadc) observer missions as among those that declared the polls “free, fair and credible”.

But  he accused opposition leaders’ campaign to annul the May elections on getting more angry people on the streets with violence.

“It’s the opposition the lost the election and decided not to accept the defeat, they are trying to save their face by saying the elections was rigged. It was not. They are in court now. They are in court. The court will decide whether  it was rigged or not. I can assure you the elections was not rigged; free, fair and credible,” said Mutharika.

The Al Jazeera journalist asked: “You know the allegations they are making,  perhaps you know the name they are calling you, Mr Tippex,  because its claimed the  correctional fluid used for type  writers was used to change the ballot papers.”

Mutharika said the electoral returning officers were school head teachers who use correction fluid in their schools, saying there was nothing wrong under the law to use the correctional fluid where “there were problems of addition and subtraction” .

He said: “They can make correction. When adding votes in the polling centre, in the process of adding they make a mistake and if they discover a mistake , they correct it in front of monitors of all parties,” said Mutharika.

The matter is now before the country’s Constitutional Court but there is an already volatile situation with some restive sections of civil society and the opposition staging massive nationwide protests amid violence, looting and destruction of property.

There have also been called to change the first-past-the-post electoral system that permitted Mutharika to win the presidency with just 38.57% against Chakwera’s 35.41%.

A new electoral system of 50 plus one is being  proposed where a run-off would have been held between the two front runners.

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Disaster
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Disaster

If the President was called to be cross examined in Court ,hmmm! Disaster.

Achiswe'.'
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APM has form. He attempted to take over on the death of his brother and was charged with treason. When there was doubt over the result of the 2014 elections the building holding the election results was mysteriously burnt down. The results of the May 21st election must be revisited after the use of Tippex – ‘there is no smoke without fire’.

Docus
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Docus

At least Tippex is the most brightest describing HE. In general I associate APM and his achievements more with dark colours!

Kennedy
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Kennedy

Mr tippex. You’re an old fool, you will leave no legacy. I wonder how did you raise your kidis ohh maybe u used dirty money? All you do is lying, stealing abd abusing your power. Noone is perfect but you are the worst. Corruption, tribalism and more you fail to address the problems we’re facing daily. God help us.

youna
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youna

Mdala amatha kunama uyu. Tippex mmasukulu? Lero? Shame!

mimu
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makamulembesa mwana pa school ina yake ya government,pa desk pa a headmaster panali tippex 2.wambilimbili akupeza.check the nerest school kwanuko

CHOKA SATANA
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BINGU DIDNT WANT PETER TO BE PRESIDENT —- HIS OWN RELATIONS DON’T WANT HIM FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE OF HIS BEHAVIOUR —-WHY ARE WE SO BLIND /STUPID ?

chayamba
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chayamba

Which school headmaster uses tippex Nowadays .Even in offices we stopped using it sometimes back. Liar.

mpilu
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mpilu

tpex samaenela kulakhapo..ndizacimidzi than cancel with a slant line sign and put the correct world. pitala kutha mbola uku. using tippex kumasonyeza kubisa coona atsiku inu

Mbwiyache
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Mbwiyache

Klook and a criminal T pex president get the fuck off

Machendekhwepe
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Machendekhwepe

Even in the previous elections tippex was used

wakikiki
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wakikiki

that was not noticed , also be told that MEC does not allow tippex to be used in any of there document. so that was one the irregularities

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