Mutharika fights to retain power in Malawi

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika, who is seeking re-election, will cast his vote at Goliati Primary School at his home village, T/A Chimaliro in Thyolo district  during the Tuesday’s court-ordered election rerun  in what is shaping to be one of the most competitive polls in the country’s history.

Mutharika’s pray for re-election

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal last month upheld the constitutional court’s annulment of a shambolic May 2019 vote that handed Mutharika a second five-year term. It also ordered that the successful candidate must win an outright majority of 50 % plus one of total votes casts  rather than the most votes as in the past.

Mutharika, 80, who has pledged to turn Malawi into a developed nation if re-elected, is in “jovial mood” ahead of the polls, according to his press secretary Mgeme Kalilani.

The President has been campaigning on promises of stability and development and accuses the opposition of being forces of anarchy, citing the violent demonstrations that plagued the country in the aftermath of last year’s disputed election.

Mutharika,  who has partnered with another 2019 presidential candidate, Atupele Muluzi, of the United Democratic Front (UDF),  remains confident of retaining office.

While he has been credited with bolstering economic growth, he has been criticised for not clamping down on graft.

Local music hip-hop star Tay Grin, who has campaigned for Mutharika across the country, is confident voters want the DPP-UDF alliance torchbearer  to stay in power.

“He is a law-abiding leader, he is the rock we need to stand on during these chaotic times,” he said.

Some 6.8-million Malawians from a population of 18-million are registered to cast their votes between 6am and 6pm at 9 291 polling stations across the country.

Lazarus Chakwera, the leader of the country’s oldest political party and biggest opposition, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), is the maina challenger of Mutharika.

He has partnered with Saulos Chilima, leader of the newly-formed UTM Party and officially the country’s vice-president.

Presidential pretender Peter Kuwani, of the Mbakuwaku Movement for Development party, completes the list of candidates.

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winstonmsowoya
winstonmsowoya
8 months ago

MUTHALIK’S AND HIS WIFE’S PRAYERS DID NOT WORK ATALL BECAUSE BOTH OF THEM DO NOT RESPECT GOD WHO GIVES AND TAKES.

JIGGIES
JIGGIES
8 months ago

Mwaphaipha ma albino, lero kukweza manja mmwamba mudzina lama pemphero? Mapazi anu!

Kelvin
Kelvin
8 months ago

Hahahaha, hahahaha, hahahaha !
Koma kwachema.

Peter Mutharika wafuna Mulungu lero chifukwa chofuna kuwoneka ” God fearing”.

Zakuvutani this time around, siziphulapo kanthu konse,mwalephera.

Ndithu mwaphayipha ma albino mmbuyomu, ndipo mizimu yawo inakukwiyirani. Mwakwatana kwatana ndi Ben Phiri for years, ndiye pano manja okhota ngati utawo, basi kumafuna kukweza kwa Chauta?

You have so much blood in your hands, kadzipakirani, mudzipita ku Ndata.

Mwauponda. U President simuwunyantha, ulendo uno mugwa chagada.

MCP has lost again
8 months ago

And the winner is………….APM of DPP!!!!

Guest
Guest
8 months ago

We can’t deny the fact that no one is perfect only Jesus lived perfect life, but you are praying and the same time sending your people to pre-mark the ballot papers and others carrying more than one voting card to vote for you, what kind of nonsense is that. Anyway maybe you are praying for repentance, forgive me, Sir. We salute you, Sir, bye-bye history recoded as being a president!

mchisala
mchisala
8 months ago

Clueless Mutharika has no endearing qualities nor redeeming qualities to qualify him for the highest office on the land. Malawians have to demonstrate to even exercise their right to vote, Malawians have to demonstrate to see some semblance of democratic and transparency governance?????!!!!!! In HK Banda’s days, while admitting his shortfalls, Malawians never had to demonstrate to get essentials of life and that includes free quality university education! If you sow utsiru and umbuli you reap utsiru and umbuli and never ubwino; unfortunately owners of utsiru and umbuli do not know their utsiru and umbuli nor do they know ubwino… Read more »

Banda
Banda
8 months ago

Just think of what the President and his Ministers are going to give up. The President will give up his 5 palaces his vehicles his security detail, his employment income, free travel anywhere in the world, his maid, tailor, cook, gardener the list goes on. Am sure he is sweating certainly not in a jovial mood unless drinking the remaining Red Wine at State House. Time for this wanna be King to Go.

Mtsogoleri opanda mano
Mtsogoleri opanda mano
8 months ago

If he is in jovial mood then why did his BP go up in the middle of traveling from LL to BT? His convoy stopped un Ntcheu to treat the acting president

Ben Phiri
Ben Phiri
8 months ago

NOT MUCH of a FIGHT when he campaigned only 2 days out of 60 was his Election to lose. Likely will

Lizzy
Lizzy
8 months ago

Koma a first lady WA mwati sanalowe Tonse alliance#£_&?

Anord
Anord
8 months ago
Reply to  Lizzy

Anord billiati

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