No law for early elections in Malawi, Chakwera schooled: ‘If Mutharika resigns, Chilima takes over’

Malawi  Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera call that President Peter Mutharika should resign and advocating for an early election following the President’s implication in transactions regarding a Malawi Police Service (MPS) contract with Pioneer Investments of Zameer Karima is not viable according to the laws of the country, analysts have commented.

Professor Wiseman Chijere Chirwa : Constitution does not provide for  early polls

University of Malawi’s Chancellor College-based political analyst, Ernest Thindwa, observed in local press that even in the event of Mutharika resigining, there would not be call for early polls because  the Constitution is clear on the procedures as it has the provision which allows the Vice-President to take over State affairs in case the President resigns, dies or is certified incapacitated.

In the case of Mutharika resigning, vice-president Saulos Chilima would be the one to “take over”  until the next elections are held next year.

“I do not see the probability of having an early election, also considering that the political environment is difficult to demand for the resignation of the President.”

Thindwa said the only way a President can resign is “where the masses put pressure on [him] and flock to the streets without relenting.”

He added that the only way Mutharika can be removed from power is through impeachment which he believes is a process that can take place next year at the ballot.

University of Malawi’s political commentator Professor Wiseman Chijere Chirwa aso argued that the Constitution does not provide for an early election in the event that the President resigns.

He said, instead, the supreme law gives the Vice-President the mandate to run affairs of the country.

Chirwa said: “There is no constitutional provision for early elections in Malawi. In the event that the President resigns, the Vice-President takes over until new polls are conducted. Unless somebody has not read the Constitution.”

At the news conference,  Chakwera asked Mutharika to resign with immediate effect to pave the way for an early election which he believes will put in power a leader with the zeal and political will to combat corruption.

A leaked dossier from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) indicated that Mutharika was the beneficiary of alleged proceeds of crime amounting to K145 million which was deposited in a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) account at Standard Bank which he is a sole signatory.

But State House has defended the President, claiming the money was a donation from the food rations supplier, Pioneer Investments.

And Mutharika has called the matter “fake news”, saying his hands were clean.

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mtete
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Wouldn’t it be nice if Chilima took over? Let APM resign.

no zambian witnesses
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no zambian witnesses

Chilima yemweyo kuti wawawa

Makolija
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Makolija

Chakwera ndi mfana wa dull!

Hetherwick
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Hetherwick

WHEN THIEVES BACK EACH OTHER

7777999
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7777999

Chakwera, Mia, Harry Mkandawire onse power hungry greedy politicians. Komanso 2019 forget.. The real MCP will join chilima . A Chakwera keep dreaming in Arabic

Mlomwe original
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Mlomwe original

O Chaakwera dekhani, even if the president resigns there is no an early election. Phuma bwanji. Wait 2019.If Peter resigns Saulos will take over.,that’s what the constitution says kkkkkk

Apole
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Apole

Amalawi nkhani apa siChakwera koma kuwononga public funds.Stop being selfish attacking Chakwera for nothing He is also a citizen of this country who can give also a piece of his mind to his fellow Malawians

gogodi
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gogodi

yes both of u have points. expressing views.

Chikutumbwe
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Chikutumbwe

Akuziwa iyeyo Chakwerayo kuti if peter resigns,basi zawavua according to the Law.Coz Chilima Wii take over

santana
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santana

Chakwera is just too power hungry. This runaway Rev will never taste the corridors of the State house. This man dumped the work of God yet he is asking the same God to help him in worldly powers. What a blind Rev. Wait for another boot in 2019 Mr Rev.

Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

Choncho a Chakwera sakudziwa malamulo a dziko la Malawi? A Malawi pewani kuika mbuli pa mpando wa upulezidenti pa chisankho cha 2019.
Muchipani cha kongilesi chonse, anthu ozindikira anali Kaliwo, Msowoya, Kabwira, Jumbe, Njobvuyalema ndi azinzawo omwe Chakwera sawafunira zabwino.

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