Mutharika tells Chakwera: ‘I don’t need your respect, but please respect Malawi presidency’

President Peter Mutharika has told Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera that he should respect the country’s Presidency  as a Constitutional order.

President Mutharika: Rev Chakwera, I don’t care whether you respect me or not. I don’t need your respect, but please respect the Presidency.

Mutharika, whose legitimacy is being challenged in court by Chakwera and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima,   accused the opposition leaders of attempting to take over the government unlawfully by supporting the demonstrations organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).

“Our Constitution and the laws regarding elections were crafted at the dawn of multiparty politics 25 years ago. At that time, we agreed as a nation that we need this set of laws because we need to be a nation of order,” said Mutharika, a former law professor who was instrumental in the drafting of the Republican Constitution.

Mutharika said the framers of the Constitution wanted  a nation of order because  “it is only when we are an orderly society that we will develop as a country.”

But Mutharika bemoaned that there are elements that are refusing to be guided by country’s laws.

“Our laws are very clear on delivery of justice. We use courts. Mob justice is not allowed in our laws.

“Our laws are also clear that while the Constitution allows demonstrations as a human right, the same Constitution on the same provision provides for a condition to the demonstrations; and clearly says, the demonstrations should be peaceful, and that the demonstrators should not be armed,” said Mutharika.

He explained that violent demonstrations are outlawed in country’s Constitution.

“We are all witnesses that the HRDC, MCP and UTM politicians have failed to conduct their demonstrations according to the law,” he pointed out.

Mutharika,  who was speaking at Maritime Forces in Monkey-Bay, Mangochi on Wednesday when he commissioned military vessels procured to beef up the country’s security  said the post-election violence  rocking the nation is being orchestrated by HRDC alongside MCP and to an extent UTM in the name of ‘‘demonstrations’’.

“On May 21, we went to the elections to choose our leaders. We went to the elections because our Constitution tells us that we can only choose a leader of this country, our Members of Parliament and our Councilors through an election.

“Our Constitution does not say we will choose our leaders through anarchy and violence,”  he said.

Mutharika fauled Chakwera for instructing  MCP Members of Parliament to disrupt his State of the Nation Address in June.

“Rev Chakwera, I don’t care whether you respect me or not. I don’t need your respect, but please respect the Presidency,” he said.

Mutharika said previous demonstrations the HRDC have conducted to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign for allegedly presiding over flawed elections have been unlawful as they were marred with looting and attacks on people

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Nzika
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Nzika

APM, How many people are you going to fight? Most Malawians, me inclusive, are not happy with you. You have made our lives miserable! Kodi President Chakwera ndi pavunda khola eti? Ulemu sumapemphedwa, umabwera wokha kwa aliyense wolemekeza ena. Sizoti iwe umangokhalira kutukwana ndikunyoza ena & expect to be respected. It does not happen like that! Respect others first & you will be respected. Ndani amalemekeza mbava? Kwathu kuno mbava timaziimbira nyimbo kuti ‘Usalire, waba wekha. Kapena ‘Wakuba iwe, bwera kuno ndikubabade kuti baaa! Mwamva president Tippex?

In Darkness Democracy Dies
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In Darkness Democracy Dies

Mr President Mutharika, you seem not to be aware the respect or the office of President of the Republic of Malawi starts with the President of Malawi respecting the portion he holds. You do not!!!

Ku dambwe
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STRUGGLE AGAINST THE BIGGEST TRIBE is a futile undertaking.

Mwambane
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Mwambane

Will someone suspected of stealing be asking that question – you wait. Say that after the case.

mtete
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mtete

APM is absolutely right about Chakwera respecting the presidency but this refers to a genuinely elected president and not a Tipexed one

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

Chakwera being a wizard throughout his ministry, may complained of his hard rock heart! He never gave chance to anyone who criticized him,he bewitched him.He cannot bewitch Peter kkkk.And for the Malawi’s consumption.Lazarous Chakwera will never rule Malawi kkkk,neither MCP will kkkkk.Manyi akale saanunkha kkkkk!!!

Chilima nde ayiii,mphaka yeniyeni kkk.Cat looks are neither impressive nor attractive to Malawians kkkk.He has goofed though he has christened Mirriam Gwaladi.Chibwezi paja ife anaziwa kare kare kkkk

Kholowa
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Kholowa

You were not here be honest you were enjoying english break fast in usa while we suffer. Its because of this idiot muluzu who started all this because of greedy. You dont love malawians thay is why you only cares about yourself and the lomwe’s!

Petro
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Petro

Ambuye Pitala zisiyeni izi Mulungu sakukondwa nanu ayi,munabera which is not good. Musiileni mwinwake mpando otherwise you will die mysteriously.

Matatizo
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Matatizo

I wonder he likes attacking Chakwera only. Saulos akumuopa chiyani? Which Presidency?? The issue is in court to confirm the legitimacy of his presidency.

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya

Which President is to be respected Mathanyula? You are failing to respect yourself,how would you be respected by others guile?in fact,you of all the Presidents Malawians have had,you are the worst monster.You and your brother Bingu,are both spoilers of our country.Ask yourself,where and how did these two rogues come from? And how did Malawians react on these two thieves?Once beaten,twice SHAY.Banda came into Malawi after three trips to Ghana by Kanyama,Orton Chirwa and Chipembere to convince the bloody rogue to go to Malawi and help the fight for freedom of the Nyasa people.If Banda was really a Nyasalander,why was he… Read more »

Ku dambwe
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So you think chaps from kasungu are fools for accepting HKB.Do you really know people from ksungu well?? hkb never spoke with a heavy ghanaian accent and do not fool yourself to entertain your weEK thoughts on HKB.

HKB WAS A PURE CHEWA..PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ku dambwe
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Very WEAK THOUGHTS you have you chaps…..