Mutharika should show statesmanship, call Chakwera and ensure smooth Malawi power handover

The writing is on wall. It’s over for President Peter Mutharika. He has lost elections and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, has won.

Mutharika: Time to smell the coffee

The die, as they say, is cast.

We at Nyasa Times feel this is not the time for Mutharika to be politicking around using a loud and suspicious silence. No.

This is the time Mutharika must—before  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale speaks—show he is a level headed person.

This is the time he must prove he loves this country beyond benefiting from it as a leader.

This is the time he must stand up, show Malawians that he respects their will—the will that he no longer have their consent.

Elsewhere, where Mutharika taught for over 40 years, this is the time John Mc Cain, in 2008, picked up a phone and made a gracious call to Barack Obama.

The honour in such a call is that it proves you understand the tenets of democracy—that in the race for political power, there are winners and losers; it is how the game works.

Make no mistake.

Forget the piles of criticism against Mutharika; he will rank as one of the best temperate leaders Malawi has ever had.

The past two years has seen a tense level of populism the country has never seen. The stakes were high for Mutharika to press a button that would have seen this nation in flames.

Mutharika maintained his greatest apex of coolness that, despite the waves of protest, the country never went in flames. History won’t forget this and, arguably, that is the greatest legacy that Mutharika will leave us with.

The only way he can protect it, at this critical juncture, is for him to show he is a statesman.

That is only possible if he can, now, do this: Pick up the phone, make a gracious call to Chakwera and, eventually, smoothen the process of handing over power.

History is about how you end—not how you began and walked.

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Luka
Luka
8 months ago

One of my students conducted a survey of what people fear most. Two of the possible choices were ‘death’ and ‘public speaking’. About 40% chose public speaking and about 25% chose death. This means that most people attending a funeral would rather be in the coffin than give the eulogy. How about our presidential candidates? I think Dr Chakera would be comfortable giving the eulogy, but I not so sure about the other candidate.

ERUTU
ERUTU
8 months ago

Anga khwakwananda oti waphedwa koma amakhala alupumabe.

Anthu ena amachekera khwakwananda kuti azawabvutitse abale awo akazafa. Konseku thupi lawola koma kumalankhulabe uku akuyitanisa zakudya pamphasa agonapo mphutsi zili yooooo kuyenda pathupi lakufalo.

Mwina tinachekera khwakwanandatu nanga abale ati ndichanino atii

mchisala
mchisala
8 months ago

Shameless Mutharika has zero umunthu in him so do not expect him to do or behave as a statesman! I do not see how you call someone with unbridled disdain for the rule of law as being ‘temperate’ because under the law he has no powers to give orders to law-enforcement or whomsoever to go shot citizens who are peacefully protesting in the streets against his misrule!!!! The vandals were all his boys (azukulu ake) after all! On several occasions shameless Mutharika has spoken as if he is the elector of presidents for the country—saying, there is no way he… Read more »

Chiga
Chiga
8 months ago
Reply to  mchisala

All indications are that APM and his diehards will dare to petition the Judiciary. What the gang fears most now is the subsequent revelations of the looting of the treasury that the mafia has carried out including APM himself.Let’s wait and see!

ERUTU
ERUTU
8 months ago
Reply to  Chiga

True

Sand
Sand
8 months ago

I wish ibu must read this article maybe will understand that this is not about him but about Malawians. Why he is beating the bush while knows is lost? Mugabe style? Not here in Malawi. Lost is lost he must go & Malawians fed up of him.

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
8 months ago

I don’t see him doing this! If he does, he is really a Statesman.

Ester
Ester
8 months ago

Kodi why are you forcing him he will do at the right time.Inu kuzitenga odziwa kwambiri

ERUTU
ERUTU
8 months ago
Reply to  Ester

Hahaha mwatero Alamu

Gee
Gee
8 months ago

Kodi munthuyi musachite ngati kumupembeza, analuza ndi udindo utulidwa pansi

ERUTU
ERUTU
8 months ago
Reply to  Gee

Zowonadi

Kaitano Kagalu
Kaitano Kagalu
8 months ago

I think we should just leave this old man, he is still making his history of proving that he was and he is an educated fool!

ERUTU
ERUTU
8 months ago
Reply to  Kaitano Kagalu

😂🤣😩🥵🤣🤣🤣🐐

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago

ADHA vomerani basi mukhala ndi intergrity.
mukatha kukapita masiku angapo ku khoti inu???
ndikotenthatu fusani alufandika.
you see pakamwa ndi pa boma akulu amatelo. osatha mawu ili ndi dziko.
tikudziwa mukulephera munena bwanji sorry. just swallow the pride and say it!!! trust me you will be respected and in all you will have Peace of mind.
that repeated word ” Ndikunyenyanyenyani!!”’
sad but we are humans and we forgive and go on with our l8ves.
LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO KEEP ARGUING.

Peloma Pepe
Peloma Pepe
8 months ago

Well-written article!

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