Nation newspaper editor brands Ansah ‘person of the year’ for pulling off ‘most successful’ Malawi elections

An editor at Malawi’s leading newspaper, The Nation, Ephraim Munthali has  named Justice Jane Ansah as  Person of the Year , crediting her for successfully handling  the sixth general election after the reintroduction of multiparty democracy in 1993 despite twin major contenders of President Peter Mutharika in the May 21 Tripartite Elections challenging  the credibility of the polls .

Ansah: Hailed by columnist

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Saturday obtained an injunction at the High Court (Lilongwe Registry), ordering the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) not to announce results of presidential elections until a recount of votes in some selected districts is done. while UTM leader Saulos Chilima has called for nullification of the votes.

Ansah, who is judge at the Supreme Court of Malawi, chairs the electoral Commission.

But despite the 2019 elections  headed for an impasse after the commission said it was reviewing several results due to the irregularities, in his published newspaper column, ‘Cut the chaff’ – Munthali saluted Ansah for managing the elections so well.

“I am especially proud and I salute my Person of the Year Justice Jane Ansah for pulling off the most successful election so far,” wrote Munthali.

“Her stakeholder management skills and her detailed grasp of the Malawi Electoral Commission’s (MEC) operational architecture are the stuff of legend. She has run a close-knit and disciplined shop,” the editor of Nation newspaper further wrote in his column.

He continued: “The way she mastered the communication architecture of the commission and her structured communications architecture deserves loud applause. She has been tough, but fair.

“Ansah understood that in an era of fake news, any information gap by the commission could result in disastrous consequences, including loss of lives and property. And so she proactively provided information in near real time.

“She has managed to retain, even improve, the credibility and integrity of MEC, which is likely to make it one of the most trusted public institutions in Malawi. So, yes, Ansah is easily my Person of the Year.”

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Mashalubu
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Mashalubu

To me, Jenifer Answer is the most incompetent MEC Chairperson the country has ever had. I would put Justice Anastacia Msosa as number 1, followed by nobody up to number 10 where late Macson Mbendera would be. This Jane Jane woman would be in the appendix list on number 1 for the most compromised and incompetent.

Wachabe
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Wachabe

I cry for my beloved country of Malawi. It is the only country which produces this commodity called STUPIDITY in abundance and people applaud the stupidity. I am shocked to even read that one Ephraim Munthali can be praising such STUPIDITY. What JANE ANSAH did with her team is just perpertuated kleptocracy.

KOMA MUZIONA-SIMUNATI!

chimanga
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Tippex lady?

DPP-Yatha
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DPP-Yatha

The writer has just written nonsense. SHe is rather the most corrupt judge of the year!

Abbas Saidi Mdoka
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Abbas Saidi Mdoka

This is rather disgusting, where in the world can you her “a woman of the year”?
She isn’t fit for even “a woman of a minute”.

This editor has lost it or he is expecting something in return.

Jane Ansah
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Jane Ansah

Nyasatimes is owned by her boyfriend Peter. That’s why this article even exists. What nonsense is this? She has been horrible! Can’t even speak her own language or English for that matter to answer any questions thrown at her. Who hires their kid for moral support. What job posting was that? I am looking for a prayer partner, a person to lean on when I am stressed & want to cry. Looking to hire my daughter, she will be payed to nothing but hear me dependend on her as I would at home. Please apply today & you will get… Read more »

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

This posting lacks civility and purpose; rather than being a personal attack on the Judge. Completely uncalled for. It is the kind of posting the editors should purge from these pages. Period.

Zude
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Zude

Ephraim Munthali,another idiot…Successful in aiding rigging the election??Open your eyes tumbukaz,for how long are you going to be foolish??Bagonani tulo choncho,poti mumaphunzira kuti mudzaone town anzanu tinabadwila mu town momuno.

Sikusinja
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Sikusinja

What kind of nonsense is this when MEC presiding officers have been in the forefront of helping rig an election. This has been worse than 2014. And to applaud someone even before the final outcome of the elections are done is very irresponsible journalism, sounds like she paid you to write this article. And for your organization to allow this to be printed when people are angry with Ansah is baffling.

Jane Ansah
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Jane Ansah

Disgusting mess. She is dating the president & I am sure Nyasatimes is owned or being payed to post zinyasi ngati izi

Nyusesi
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Ku Judiciary kuli ma Judge achitumbuka okhaokha thooooo that’s why this country is not progressing. Atumbuka tribalism too much. Ntchito amangolembana pachiweniweni.

Jane Ansah
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Jane Ansah

But Jane Ansah is not a Tumbuka. Stop blaming Atumbuka for your issues. Is the president a Tumbuka. Siwanu wanted ameneyo?

Jebwede
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Jebwede

i can see u are one of the idiots we have in Malawi who wants no good for our beloved country with the tribalistic words u are uttering here , Is Jane Ansah atumbuka?

Gerald Mapanga Phiri
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Gerald Mapanga Phiri

Its too early to praise her like that she started well, she controlled well but she started to burgle. I thought she will not contests for injunction by MCP, instead she will support and extend to MCP winning sides. Late hope she finishes well the way she started.