Mutharika subtly concedes defeat in Malawi presidential election: ‘Impunity has fallen’

Outgoing president Peter Mutharika has subtly conceded defeat in the presidential election after being outclassed by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Rev. Dr Lazarus Chakwera, who headed Tonse Alliance—comprising nine different political parties.

Mutharika. To accept results for the sake of peace.-Photo: Thoko Chikondi, AP

Mutharika, who assumed leadership in 2014 and was seeking re-election said he expected  an election without irregularities, especially that the Court nullified the 2019 election  on the basis of irregularities.

“Sadly, as all Malawians have seen, this election is the worst in Malawi’s history of our Elections,” he said.

“Our monitors were beaten, hacked, abducted and intimidated so that they should not participate in voting observation process. Many of the tally sheets do not have signatures as monitors were in hospitals and could not be present to endorse results,” said Mutharika at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

Mutharika, who was flanked by his running mate, said in most instances, most of the results that were sent to MEC are “not a true reflection of the people.”

He said: Unfortunately, there were no DPP and UDF monitors to report irregularities. Strangely, the Malawi Electoral Commission has dismissed our complaints because our monitors were not there to report irregularities.”

Mutharika in his subtle acceptance of defeat, urges  the nation to go into soul-searching and self-reflection and that Malawians should  move on peacefully.

“Much as I find this election unacceptable, but for the sake of peace, and for the love of our country, which is larger than us all, I wish to ask all Malawians to be peaceful when the results are announced. It is only my sincere hope that we will unite to take this country forward instead of taking it backward,” he said.

Mutharika was seeking a  second term of office but tumbled in the court-sanctioned fresh elections after Chakwera  paired with UTM Party president Saulos Chilima.

Chilima was the country’s estranged State Vice-President after he dumped Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and will remain as the country’s second command.

While Mutharika was conceding, his party’s administrative secretary Francis Mphepo was pushing for a third presidential election, citing irregularities and intimidation in a vote re-run.

Voters in the southern African country went to the polls on 23 June for the second time in 13 months after the Constitutional Court scrapped a presidential election over alleged fraud.

DPP called Friday on the electoral commission to annul results collated so far and declare a third poll as it questioned the credibility of the vote re-run.

Commentator and newspaper columnist in Malawi News, Geroge Kasakula  pointed out on Saturday that while the erstwhile governing party tried using all means in the world to defend its tribalistic and regionalistic schemes, it was so apparent that it was its desire to see Malawians being segregated according to where we come from.

“The polarisation that DPP created is among those issues that resulted into the party performing badly in the Central and Northern regions. Malawians in these regions just felt they had nothing to do with a governing party that clearly showed where its interests were and who it was worried about,” he wrote.

Kasakula said the DPP has lost the election because the party had no chance to rig again, saying the system was so tight that every scheme that those wicked men and women who have arrogated the will of Malawians before was sufficiently parried away.

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BigMan
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BigMan

He didn’t concede anything, wangonyanyala ndi kumapita. The man was out of touch from start to finish. A wasted Presidency.

mtete
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mtete

It’s always sad when it comes to this. I honestly pity APM because his luckluster performance can be attributed to no other than a bunch of so-called advisors who did not care a hoot about the countless blunders he was making time and again. All they cared about was how much personal worth would acrue in the end. These advisors, some of them as powerful as ministers have melted away to enjoy the ill-gotten wealth. We will get them.

FUTUMUKA
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FUTUMUKA

If you read every comment on here, most of them have three things in common (1) corruption (2) nepotism and (3) tribalism. These 3 evils are the main reasons why people in Africa form political parties and fight to get into power. They fight not because they want to change the system,they fight because they want to be part of that corrupt, nopitistic and tribal system. They want to join the feeding trough. The new political party voted into power last week is only coming in to replace the characters of the corrupt, nepotistic and tribal system with their own… Read more »

Sarah sarah
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Sarah sarah

Overall history will be kind on you old man. In your term you had to operate with no donor support for 3 years. Worked your socks off to regain the donor trust back. Now both IMF and world Bank are praising Malawi economic outlook. In additional to bring infrastructure and social development project that will live long. And the 20 community vocational colleges

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Yes including Mombera uni, Mzuzu airport, but to mention a few.

Mudzaona Kapeya
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Mudzaona Kapeya

Despite all what people are saying. Mutharika was and will still be a good person. I have lived in a single party and democratic era. In both eras, we have never had a president as meek as Peter Mutharika. who could smile at an insult without taking action He is a statesman!!

Mike Bamusi
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Mike Bamusi

That’s not being nice.He had no idea on what to do or say

Hora
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Hora

1st it was the opposition that was bad thereafter the judiciary, later parliament now electral commission, APM you mean all these are wrong and you are the only one who is right? Do some soul searching serious soul searching, then you will know what went wrong. Go well former President.

Nyekhwe
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Nyekhwe

Fair the well Mr Clueless!

BUMBU LONYOWA
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Grandpa was a good president, the problem was the people around him, greedy thieves. He started out good and went down hill from. Hope there will be change with the new sheriff in town

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

He was not, in fact he was not only the architect of nepotism and cronyism he was the perpetrator and perpetuater. People have lost lifetime opportunities

FUTUMUKA
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FUTUMUKA

Take a screen shot of your post. It will also be true after the results of the next presidential election. Infact it will be true after every presidential election. The new president has good intentions at heart, he is going to fail because of the same reasons that Mutharika failed on, the people around him. In African politics, be it in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, DRC, Mozambique, people join political parties not to change things, but to be part of the system and steal from the public. In Malawi, this is a concept people are not seeing yet. Sadly the… Read more »

Nyekhwe
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Nyekhwe

HE WAS INCOMPTENT TO THE CORE!, he had no balls at all, that is why the people around him took advantage of that and dragged him to the drain with them, he has nobody to blame but himself

Vilhomwe Ndivimbuli
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Kangopumani agogo. Happiness is abundant without you!
Satana wachabechabe ndi ka Gertrude kakoko

Bwana Wa Ulesi
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Bwana Wa Ulesi

APM the only Smart President to be remembered

Mtsogoleri opanda mano
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Mtsogoleri opanda mano

And the only president who failed miserably. Brought nepotism and tribalism. Everyone in top government positions is from Thyolo and Mulanje.

Nyekhwe
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Nyekhwe

He failed miserably in every portfolio that he held!

Mike Bamusi
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Mike Bamusi

If you say an idiot of a president who only survived one term.You know and he knows even in 2014 he didn’t win.They played games with Harry Kanjewe who was completed by a job at admarcband now he is the PS at external affairs.

Maga
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Maga

All the best in life obwana.
Give Laz his rightful space to show Malawians what leadership means

Ngulukira
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Ngulukira

Silly person. You were clinging on the chair to continue punishing other tribes. Chimunthu choipa iwe. Wazunza ana athu pamodzi ndi chimtundu chako chofuna zapompopompo. Zianthu zosadziwa kubsyala koma kumangopakula. Kumangovotela zizete ndicholinga choti ziziba ndikumapinda malamulo. Anthu oipa inu. Mitundu ina kumalima ndikumakha misonko, izozo nkumangozipenta, kusolola ndi madano. Mtheradi mulape, otherwise matembelero anu asagwele paana anu osalakwa.

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