Mutharika sets condition for talks with opposition over Malawi post-election impasse

President Peter Mutharika says he could only meet opposition leaders for talks to end the current political impasse if they set an agenda for such a meeting.

Mutharika: Lets see the agenda first

Speaking in an interview with the BBC, Mutharika said it was possible to meet the opposition leaders; Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM leader Saulos Chilima who are challenging in court the May 21 presidential polls.

“We will have to see the agenda. They will have to come up with an agenda then we will see what to do,” said Mutharika.

He said he was equally concerned with the ongoing anti-Jane Ansah protests which he said has seriously injured over 500 people.

On a second thought, however, Mutharika said it would be imperative to wait for the court verdict before substantive unity talks can begin.

“We can wait for the court ruling, it will not be long,” he said.

Constitutional court judges hearing the election case estimate the case might be concluded in four months time.

Since the elections, in which Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declared Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) President Peter Mutharika winner, the country has experienced regular protests led by civil society groups under the banner of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and backed MCP)and UTM Party.

Both Chakwera and Chilima are jointly challenging the presidential election results in the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe, and seeking  nullification of the presidential polls.

HRDC, on the other hand, is demanding that MEC chairperson Jane Ansah, who is also a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, should resign for allegedly mismanaging the elections.

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Mitengo

AGENDA Transparency on how your government administers tenders on public spending. How your government ignores some Malawians as not Malawians pure enough to be included in your public appointments. Decentralization of government for each region to have own autonomy ( as once proposed by Hon Kamlepo Kalua). Why are you failing to eradicate corruption with all those resources you have within your disposal? Why should ordinary Malawians who till the soil continue to be ripped off on the market? Why could an indian( a trader and not a manufacturer) get a tender worthy K2.8b and another K8b why????????. Why not… Read more »

Bwana wa Ulesi
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Bwana wa Ulesi

Voila APM, 39% Voted for you 61% voted for MCP &UTM. It’s funny 2 parties are not considering that 39% didn’t vote for them. At the end kumangohuwahuwa ngati ndi 61% were votes for one party, what a shame to MCP&UTM followers with their votes in bardo and safari percentages.

BigMan
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BigMan

How did this guy become a President? He has ZERO leadership skills. A great leader would have seen so much opportunity to shine in this political impasse, instead we have this 80 year old hiding under his desk at state house whilst the country is burning.

Making statements to the BBC, why not address Malawians directly? Why not invite fellow leaders to a discussion, without ridiculous conditions attached? Is the man such a coward?

mtambo
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mtambo

pumbwa makani
mbuzi ya munthu
paja amagwa khunyu
mbalame

Trummalawi
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Trummalawi

Tisanyozani tonse ndife amodzi before God. Amene adalenga inu ndi ameneso adalenga aliyese . Inuyo sioposa aliyese ayi. We are all Malawians lets unite.

mtambo
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mtambo

APM ndi bakha
samava za munthu
manthanyula wachabechabe

Eduardo, Provincia de Niassa
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Eduardo, Provincia de Niassa

Za ma biggie izi. APM akatundu omanga ndi waya linya kuduka.

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

foto yamale kale iyi.kkkkkk koma kulipidwa ndlama za usatanaku

Jochi
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Jochi

Mwaganiza boh madala pitala one Malawi one nation koma osatiiwala za nkhani ya Jane ansah plz

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

APM IS GREAT. AND TOUGH. OSAWANYENGELERA ANA AMENEWA.

Graham Zali
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Graham Zali

Patrick, mukamaliza kudya nao whatever 50 kwachas they give you dziwani kunjaku kuli mame. APM akhala akuyankha milandu yake kumwamba, inu ndi ana anu pompa padziko and ndipamene muzadziwe dziko la Malawi siloseweresa. Tikukuonani.

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

@kishombe & APM u want the opposite to set the agenda yet u r the one ruling & in fact u r failing to rule simukulephera kupita kunja mungotumizako a Vice President? Asaaah this reasoning shows u dont deserve to lead a country its manyaka okhaokha..

Trummalawi
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Trummalawi

Mwati bwanji sizikumvekatu izi. u want the opposite? whats that guys. Izi ndi za ma big mutapitanso mkalasi bwa? or be quite.

namatetule
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AKUZIPOPA NGATI FINYE- APHULIKA