Mutharika insists cannot fire MEC: Malawi leader take PAC to task on political violence

President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday took Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to task for not holding opposition political leaders accountable for post-election violence while sticking to his guns that  he cannot fire Malawi Electoral Commisison (MEC).

President Mutharika:  PAC failed to criticize violence for 9 good months

Mutharika told PAC, a quasi-religious body formed in 1992 during the country’s political transition from one-party to multiparty system of government , on Wednesday at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre  when they met to discuss issues of national interest.

One of the issues discussed was the call to fire  commissioners at the electoral body who the High Court of Malawi sitting as a  Constitutional Court  found gross incompetence in the commissioners’ management of the annulled May 2019 presidential election results.

The court, therefore, ordered Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC) to further evaluate the commissioners’ performance and make appropriate recommendations to President Peter Mutharika.

PAC, upon assessment, recommended that the President fires the commissioners and replace them with a new set ahead of the fresh presidential poll that the National Assembly has proposed be held on May 19 2020.

But President Mutharika  on Wednesday insisted there is  nothing wrong with the Jane Ansah led commission which has already  started the  fresh election preparations. But the  holding of the fresh poll will depend on the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal ruling on the appeal, which MEC filed requesting the court to uphold the May 21 2019 presidential election and results.

Just before the May 2019 elections, PAC made leaders of political parties to sign what it called Peace Declaration.

The declaration bound them to accept the results of the elections and uphold peace.

However, Malawi has witnessed unprecedented political violence organized by Human Rights Defenders Coalition  (HRDC)  with their street domonstrationes joined by UTM leader Saulos Chilima and Lazarus Chakwera the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful.

Throughout, PAC did not hold Chakwera and Chilima to account for violating the peace accord and for refusing to accept the results as signed.

Instead, the only known response PAC attempted was to mediate in the political impasse, dragging in Mutharika who upheld peace all through the time.

And now during his meeting with PAC, Mutharika put PAC in the hotspot.

He told PAC officials  bluntly that he was disappointed that they failed to criticize the  violence while it happened.

“In every election, you have always insisted that political leaders must commit to peace and accept results of the Election. I have always wondered if you, as Public Affairs Committee fulfilled this duty in the 2019 Election.

“I and many other Malawians have been disappointed that PAC failed to criticize violence for 9 good months,” said Mutharika.

The Malawi leader told the PAC officials that Malawi is in a state of political tension today because some political leaders decided not to accept results of the election.

Against their own endorsement of the Peace Declaration, these leaders decided to use violence to express electoral grievances.

Thirdly, he said Malawi is is in a political mess today because the High Court failed to deliver justice based on law, truth and evidence.

“We all agree that the Concourt Judgement was a miscarriage of justice,” said the President.

And the President hauled PAC over the coals for not discharging its God-given duty to condemn criminality and injustice and failing to protect Malawi’s democracy from being “hijacked and destroyed before our eyes”.

“People are committing violence, criminal activities and serious injustice in the name of human rights. As religious leaders, it is your duty to ensure that there is justice in the land where God anointed you to serve,” he reminded PAC.

He therefore wondered whether PAC would rise to the challenge and ensure that losers in the fresh elections accept the results and commit to be peace.

“If some people lose and take the matter to Court again, how will you ensure that the Court will deliver justice? How will you ensure that there will be no violence? I am putting these questions to you because we have the right to count on you as religious leaders,” said Mutharika.

The President reminded PAC about the important place it occupies in Malawi’s history and how that high regard raises expectations about how it functions to protect democracy.

“You are the committee that played a big role in the foundation of our democracy. Therefore, it is my expectation that you have the duty to protect democracy in this country,” said Mutharika.

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Wa Nick
Wa Nick
10 months ago

Tilekereni ana tipitilize kukazinga

Katati
10 months ago

Good that APM told off PAC idiots who have all along kept quiet whilst Chakwera, Chilima and HRDC were terrorising us – destroying our property and businesses.

Guta
10 months ago

Great that Mutharika talked about flawed Concourt ruling which was delivered by corrupt and incompetent judges.

Malemu Pulofesa Kuba K145 mita

Muthalika thinks he is the wisest and the most intelligent person in Malawi. Very stupid. Does he think all the five judges made a mistake? We have very experienced judges like Kapindu. Does Muthalika think that the use tippex is acceptable? Does he think that fake documents are acceptable? Look at what is happening in Phalombe and Thyolo where 11 year old boys and girls are registering to vote. I am not very near the legal profession but I can see that things went wrong. Even his trusted Jane Ansah said MEC did not procure tippex. Please Muthalika don’t waste… Read more »

Observer
Observer
10 months ago

Well done APM, this thing called PAC should reflect on its flaws and partiality. Very good reasoning and thoughts over there…

Chenike Mei
Chenike Mei
10 months ago

Ofcourse he cannot fire mec and Ansah siakudziwana ma plan odzabela ma votes, its expected so I don’t even see the reason why pple want to reason with Mr Tipp-ex we can only rely on the supreme court basi

Chi
Chi
10 months ago

PAC I told you that you are wasting your time whatever you say nothing will move Peter!!! Mubanja munthu amalumbira patendere and pamavuto I will not run away….,, l like peter!!!!! Whatever u say He will not let down Jane Ansah . He is not like you guys who dupe your friends girlfriend family and your parents after they have helped you. Do You remember about chaponda chimanga, Albino committee chairman those guys who caused havoc in parliament, those who destroyed mec and nrr equipment in Blantyre!!!!!!.,,, eve those who plundering government moneys….,, these are his friends Peter will do… Read more »

Mwamadu
Mwamadu
10 months ago

I do not know who summoned who. It seems this older fellow than me is hardhearted for nothing. PAC must take its charge to civic educate this bro of mine. The meeting was a waste of our time.

Qata
Qata
10 months ago

As long as parliamentary and local poll results are not annulled, there is not reason whatsoever to blame MEC or to fire commissioners. Tippex was used in all the elections – presidential, parliamentary and local. A ruling by the constitutional court is fundamental. If they say tippex use was an irregularity, then parliamentary and local poll results should be cancelled too.

Ruto
Ruto
10 months ago

If ConCourt judgement is right, then our courts should have speedily acknowledged that tippex affected all elections and therefore parliamentary and local elections should be annulled. The issue of bringing a petition in 8 days does not stand because the Constitutional Court ruling has fundamental implications to the other elections because they were run together. Besides, our constitution stipulates that presidential and parliamentary elections should be run together which exposes the foolish, corrupt and incompetent judges. What have the courts done so far regarding the challenge by former MPs on parliamentary results? Nothing. Why? Because tippex was not a problem… Read more »

Jose
Jose
10 months ago
Reply to  Ruto

The court do not decide on behalf of people.Mps have a constituency where one represents if he or she has issues it is provided he she must go to court .Chakwera and Chilima sought legal redress on presidential elections.MPs with issues went to court and one in Mangochi has been nulified showing incompetence of MEC.But mind you we are blaming MEC but the main factor is DPP which is a beneficiary.If the supreme court can connect DPP and MEC in the elections DPP can be disqualified which is true

wawa
wawa
10 months ago
Reply to  Jose

Which in turn proves tha MEC is not incompetent if some elections were fairly done

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