Ntata’s Uncommon Sense: Ansah should find the courage to resign as chair of Malawi Electoral Commission  

It is difficult to imagine that Dr Jane Ansah, the chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission  (MEC) is heartless and cold. It is hard to conceive that this Justice of Appeal whose head the Malawian public is demanding to be presented to it on a platter for allegedly botching up last May’s elections is so callous that she would rather see the country go up in flames rather than resign and save her nation.

Ansah at the proverbial gunpoint courtesy of the DPP beneficiaries of the “Tipp-ex” election.

The real question that must be pursued is: Why is she seemingly insensitive and uncaring in the face of so much turmoil apparently focused on her?

The answer is a complex one.

To those enjoying the benefits and rewards of the election results she declared, her resignation would apparently signal that she concedes that her management of the elections was incompetent and flawed, and therefore put their own positions at risk. The list of presently high-ranking officials that are where they are because of Ansah’s declaration of Peter Mutharika as the winner of the May elections is long enough to fill this whole column and also the columns of my friends Mada Musa and Moshoud Pinkus Mbewe.

Thus to Peter Mutharika, the DPP and its supporters, Jane Ansah must remain firmly where she is come rain or sunshine, hail or highwater. If you think of the Attorney General, Kalekeni Kaphale, for instance, then you realise that he wouldn’t be Attorney General and enjoying the esteem he is currently enjoying if Jane Ansah had not declared Peter Mutharika the winner, and Mutharika in turn appointed him as Attorney General. In this same vein, think of important positions like Duncan Mwapasa’s Deputy Inspector General of Police, or those cabinet ministers who even now have already started amassing vast amounts of unexplained wealth.

There is also another consideration. It is widely believed – although mistakenly so, I submit – that if the demonstrators and the protestors get their wish and Jane’s head is delivered to them, they will be emboldened and set their sights on Peter Mutharika himself. Those postulating this line of thought believe that after the demand to have Jane Ansah resign is met, the next head to be chopped will be that of Peter himself. And of course, that means that once again following my reasoning above, the DPP house of cards will come tumbling down with immense disastrous consequences.

Looked at from this perspective then, one may be justified to argue that the reason Jane Ansah seems to have become deaf and blind ever since her “Madando” elections is not really because she has chosen of her own accord to do so, but that she is at the proverbial gunpoint courtesy of the DPP beneficiaries of the “Tipp-ex” election.

There is no way, as far as I can imagine, that in all this post-election fiasco,  Ansah would not have communicated to Peter Mutharika and indicated that for the benefit of the nation, she must succumb to popular opinion, resign and quench the fires of public anger currently raging across the country. In my view, this proposal from her ladyship must have been turned down vehemently by DPP shot-callers. She would probably have even been called selfish for suggesting such an action that dignifies only her and exposes the president and the whole cohort of Muhlakho heavyweights and beneficiaries to uncertain fates.

So there you have it. In spite of strong advice and pleading not only from national commentators but also, I am certain, from family, friends, and I dare say probably even her fellow Supreme court colleagues, Calamity Jane Ansah has decided to stay put and play dumb because the President, Muhlakho wa Alomwe, and the DPP have said so.

So now to the real question.  Should she still resign in defiance of the gun places to her head by the DPP machinery? And could there be some good for the DPP in Calamity Jane’s resignation?

The answer to both questions is YES. Integrity only happens after one crosses the line of convenience and the boundaries of safety. For Jane Ansah, this is no longer a question of whether the public is right or wrong in their assertions that she botched up the elections. The issue has long since moved away from that to one of whether or not she cares enough about what is currently happening in the country – the innocents that are being hurt, the property that is being destroyed and the political impasse that is economically crippling the country – to put personal safety and comfort aside, take the path of sacrifice and assist in healing a nation.

For the DPP, it’s a question of statesmanship and a demonstration of confidence in their win and their faith that the Rule of law can prevail and justify their claim that their candidate won the election fair and square. Allowing Jane Ansah to resign will not result in further demands for Peter Mutharika to also resign. This is a misconceived belief. Peter Mutharika’s position at the moment, is protected by the rule of Law and the country’s constitution. On the other hand, to let the nation go through the chaos and uncertainty it is going through belies the podium statements and the claims that the election was in fact fair, that the DPP has nothing to fear for its candidate, and that the constitutional court case will vindicate him and affirm that election and that victory.

I believe that Jane Ansah should find the courage to resign because the people that are demonstrating will not stop to demonstrate until this demand is met, and also because the demonstrations and protests will continue to escalate the impasse due to the fact that the government agents that are supposed to handle these matters are all in their positions courtesy of the very president whose legitimacy is being challenged. From the Attorney General, to the Inspector General of police, to Cabinet ministers, all these individuals have a conflict of interest and cannot be unbiased in their approach as they deal with the demonstrations and the unrest that the country is experiencing.

The only thing that can give this country repose and a period of peace- at least up until the elections case is decided by the courts- is for Jane Ansah to do the honorable thing. In the final analysis, the reason she is not resigning is simply cowardice and misplaced loyalty. She doesn’t have the balls to make the tough decision to save this nation.

But resignation here is what separates patriots from puppets. Resignation here will make her the hero, not the villain.

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PHIRI
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DR ansa can not go let them do demos its aright but we ar waing our courts to prove mtambo and frieds wrong shame on zodiak times mr thindwa and mr g phiri the sa calleo political lLIERS my foot, ZBS, DO U SEE ANYTHING THAT GOVERNMENT DOES WHY J ALWAYS LOOKAT NEGAITVES ONLY IS THAT HOW UTOLANKAHANI IS ALL ABOUT ? EVEN BBC SAYS SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT AFRICA SHAME ON U MARIA WE KNOW THAT UR MCP SHAME ON U KASAKULA U WERE PROMISED DG AT MBC BUT SORRY U HAVE FAILED

Onjezani
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Onjezani

Mtambo should resign for mismanaging demonstrations. Demonstrations have been marred by irregularities.

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

I have only three simple questions for Mr. Ntata:- -did you form your conclusions and then used your (mostly subjective) arguments in support, rather than the other way around? Not a credible method; not the scientific method. -why are the descriptive points against Judge Ansah, and APM, so negative – even poisonous – and personal, if your pretense is to give a balanced picture? Maybe you are not even trying to be balanced. -why being so negative and nasty about Mulhakho, as a group, as if it’s members are wholly associated with any criminal activity, or even ethical guilt in… Read more »

zegede
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zegede

Apa munthu wa mai ali pa mpani mpani …kutsogolo kuno anthu asiya zomaseweretsa ma udindo wa

namatetule
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Palibenso govt of national unity- walephera , walwphera basi. Apite akadikile mvula ikagwa azikalima fodya olo azikalowetsa gule.

This is another tale of the fool called Chakwera and his friend Chilima

Henry Mdebwe
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Henry Mdebwe

With half of the combined constitutional case having failed to deliver the evidence for massive irregularities in the general elections couples with the technicality that questions should not be repeated by petitioner lawyers, Rt Hon Dr Chakwera is better off conceding defeat in the May 21 general elections and call for government of nationsl unity. This move shall show Dr Chakwera’s statemanship, it shall save him and MCP colosal legal fees, and bring peace and tranquility in the country he loves so much. Right Hon Chakwera please put on the hat of man of God you are and bring instant… Read more »

Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

Just a few witnesses have been cross examined mostly by the respondents’ lawyers and here you are concluding that the petitioners have failed to provide evidence of massive irregularities. It is the Attorney General’s duty and his defense team to discredit evidence provided hoping to sway the case in their favour. Likewise it is the petitioners’ lawyers duty to sustain or bolster the evidence given. You do not know what card they have up their sleeves. Only until the petitioners’ lawyers are done with the cross examination should you draw your conclusions. As of now we know that Kaphale has… Read more »

zegede
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zegede

Apa ngakhare atiti munthu ndi mbutuma mmmmmmm Abwana mwalongosola momveka bwino ……ndipo ndikumadabwa zifukwa zomwe tikumaikira kumbuyo mbava

Acapulco
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Acapulco

The costs are being paid by government. Neither the petitioners nor the respondents will pay a coin. Only Lawyers are going to profit from this shameful case budgetted at K300m. Taxpayers loss again. One beneficiary even said he hopes funding from govt to cover all expenses is received without delays.

zegede
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zegede

Afunseni a Kapahale ma evidence omwe apezako kapena akuuzeni ka % age chabe ……kodi nchifukwa chani Guys tikuliononga dzikoli ?????????..

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Does Jane have a husband, does she have friends, does she have children, does she have relatives.? Doesn’t she have people at her church where she is the prophetess? What do these people tell her? If Jane was really a Christian she claims to be she should have resigned. Not because she has done anything wrong as she claims, but for the sake of peace and love. How does she allow all this to happen in her name? Let her step aside and let the God she serves vindicate her after the court case. Jane do what is good: resign.

Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

Dr. Jane Ansah should never resign! Resigning would be glorifying evil and envy from failed individuals.

I do not understand why the courts allow ill-conceived demos to take place when the matter is brought before the court and the court has not yet declared its verdict.

Wakulikoma
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Wakulikoma

Good one, Ntata

chimanga
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She is not even reporting for duties. The questions remains whether she is working from home…… a thing not done in the past

Internal sources
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Internal sources

Thank you for updating us those of you who work at MEC or in government.

DRAKE
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DRAKE

This man is of a strange character, he has been fighting Mutharika ever since he was refused to be given a Ministerial position in 2014 satanic

DRAKE
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DRAKE

2014 not 1994

#i am your next president
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what???? i think you should comment on the article not the Author..

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

Same thing. What’s the difference apa?