Mutharika rules out firing Ansah as Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson

President Peter Mutharika has ruled out firing Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah as demanded by the opposition and rights activists, saying she has done nothing wrong.

President Mutharika greeted by MEC Chairperson Justice Jana Ansah SC at the inaguration ceremony at Kamuzu Stadium when he was declared winner of May 21 2019 elections-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

In a rare interview with an international broadcaster on Monday, Mutharika said the demands to have Ansah fired or force are to resign are misplaced.

“It is not my job to ask her to step down. The African Union, the  Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc), UNDP, the US government all said the elections were fair, credible and transparent,” said Mutharika.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) are organizing demonstrations countrywide to force Ansah resign following what they say were messy elections.

Ansah has unequivocally stated that she will not resign unless the court rules that there were irregularities in the elections..

Her contract with MEC expires in 2020. She is a judge at the Supreme Court of Appeal  in Malawi.

Section 75(4) of the Constitution—the supreme law of the land—states that a member of MEC may be removed from office by the President on the recommendation of the Public Appointments Committee (PAC) on grounds of incapacity or incompetence in the performance of duties of that office.

Mutharika said he sees no logic in holding the anti-Jane Ansah protests when the issue is before the courts.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM leader Saulos Chilima are challenging the May 21 presidential election results in court. MEC declared President Peter Mutharika the winner in the hotly contested election on May 27 amid protests of irregularities.

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Graham Zali
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Graham Zali

APM your days are numbered.

Trummalawi
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Trummalawi

Do you know how many days are left for you. I agree his days are number so too are for everyone including yourself. We just do not know who is going first, Am afraid may be its you!. Let us help him perform his duties as he was duly elected unless the court rules an opposite way

mwangalamwene
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mwangalamwene

koma yaaa

mtambo
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mtambo

Bwampini
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worst president ever
mr tippex
dumbest guy ever
mbalame

shattawale
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shattawale

Who voted for this guy anyway seems the whole country is not happy with him, Tippex president must go

Voter
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Voter

Ndiwe galu kwabasi

Eduardo, Provincia de Niassa
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Eduardo, Provincia de Niassa

Well done APM! You are my man. Many thanks for saying all you said with the BBC. You are acting within the law and those that think you are breaching the law, let them drag you to court. Period!

BigMan
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BigMan

No surprise here, this man is the most useless and out of touch clown ever.

MADEMOISELLE5
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How do malawians expect apm to fire (ansah ) his own girl friend/wife ?

Nikolas wokuba
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Nikolas wokuba

She is not even in the country. Aliku nottinghanm UK, honeymooning the rotten monies given by her thief boyfriend.

Moya
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Moya

Thats the reason why she isn’t resigning the president got her back. The international community errored to declare this as fair probably they had no clue what was happening under the MECs shady table but when the court vindicates the Anti ansah group then the International community should withdraw their statements immediately bcoz atipweteketsa with premature statements endorsing this thief.

Ntambo: Ndilibe nanu mawu
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Ntambo: Ndilibe nanu mawu

The HE is actually right in every sense. Thanks HE powamasula anthu achifwambawa.

Trummalawi
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Trummalawi

I agree to that honorable Sir Ntambo

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

It’s not surprising cos if someone puts you on the throne then you pay back that particular person by firing him or her then its something else. Mutharika cant see anything wrong with Jane Ansah cos he benefited directly from her dishonesty. USA , EU & all those International Observers said the same thing in Kenya BUT the court found otherwise. How can one trust the International Observers who only deploy a handful Observers?????