Police spray teargas at MCP head office as Chakwera meets US ambassador

Malawi police have fired teargas into the  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) headquarters in Lilongwe and also at its supporters who took to the streets to march against “fraudulent” results of the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Police fire tear gas at MCP

Nyasa Times understands that at the time the police fired teargas into the party head office, MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera was inside meeting US Ambassador Virginia Palmer.

The opposition are challenging Malawi Electoral Commission’s (MEC) declaration of  “not credible” May 21 Tripartite Elections results sheets altered using correction fluid, Tippex.

MCP and UTM Party, whose presidential candidates Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima, respectively, finished second and third in the official results MEC announced, have moved the courts to nullify the elections, citing irregularities.

The quasi-religious group Public Affairs Committee (PAC) said in its analysis of the polls that the results management process lacked credibility, especially in the wake of revelations of use of Tippex.

The European Union Election Observer Mission also faulted the results management system.

Meanwhile, Garton Kamchedzera, a professor of law at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, observed that MEC acted as a competitor in the election instead of being a referee.

He said in quotes reported in the press that MEC’s own admission through chairperson Jane Ansah and chief elections officer Sam Alfandika that no Tippex was supplied was reason enough to reject any document tampered with using the correction fluid.

Kamchedzera said MEC should have been alert on the source of Tippex, whose use was widespread across the 5 002 polling stations nationwide.

He said: “Election officers who sent ‘Tippexed’ documents were assured that their documents would be accepted.

“Those documents were not credible. By accepting the documents, MEC was accepting to use documents and records that were not credible; and then taking them, assigning the label of credibility to something that was not credible.”

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Mwe'ene
Mwe'ene
1 year ago

More tear gas on the Yufi League! And on the MCP offices, where nefarious plans are officially hatched and executed.
MCP ndi Chakwera wanuyo, ndi Mia’yo, mukudziona ngati inu ndi ma dolo olo ma bwana? Pamene a Yufi anuwo ali malova baasi? Osasamba! Fumbi buu pali ponse ndi sisi lomwe!
Ilaweni tear gas’yo m’maso ndi mkamwa’nso. Mukhaula. Mwadziyamba dala izi.
Asa.

Phillemon
1 year ago

This issue of tippex has been blown out of proportion. Ideally, MEC advised its officers to put the figure, then write it using words on the form. For me the few forms I saw had tipex used to correct the figures not the writings in words. So if indeed those figures were doctored using tipex, the we would also see the correction fluid in the written words. And more over party monitors were there wen tipex was being used to correct the figures and they approved those figures. And by the way, if you count the forms with tipex use,… Read more »

Blue Cadet
Blue Cadet
1 year ago
Reply to  Phillemon

You nearly convinced me with your narrative, then I was like what if one writes 1,000 and then erase it using Tipp-ex and re-write 10,000 and then Ten Thousand Kwacha? How would you explain that in relation to what you said above

wayas
1 year ago
Reply to  Phillemon

am with you ….where were the monitors….figures were also in words indeed…..

Gona pa Muhanya
Gona pa Muhanya
1 year ago
Reply to  Phillemon

we will be happy to lose fairly and no one will complain, but to be told that you have lost because your figure was tipexed that we cannot buy. no amount words can convince us that there was no four play

Moya
Moya
1 year ago

This is a huge mistake and it will have consequences. Mwawuponda dala mkango and now u will feel the force of its jaws.

tman
1 year ago

cry babies,spread

tosh
tosh
1 year ago

STUPID POLICE WAKUTUMANI NDI NKHALAMBA YOPUSA MUTHARIKA WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT ON APA NDIYE MWATIPUTA

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago

Mr Mutharika and Chimulirenji, the country is not behind you. Rerun or you will be flushed out of state house. Ngati munawinadi last time, muwinanso tikavotanso.

Mwe'ene
Mwe'ene
1 year ago
Reply to  BigMan

Inu a UTM munaluza heavy: you have nothing to gain in this sad saga.

A gama
A gama
1 year ago

Kudos to the police,,,, these mcp loses are are disturbing us in town,, seems like they have nothing important to do

Tippex Madando Maliseche
Tippex Madando Maliseche
1 year ago

Tear gas ndi ka chani? sitiopa zimenezo,ife sitisiya mpaka maliseche asiye pansi mpando.

Peter mutharika
Peter mutharika
1 year ago

Anyasa times apa ndiye mwayamba manyitu tsopano.Inu mungamachotse zomwe anthu akupanga comment?.Amene angachotse comment yangayi nyini ya amake.Inunso muli ku DPP agalu inu eeti.Tionetsana mbuzi za anthu.

Mwe'ene
Mwe'ene
1 year ago

Typical MCP, with uncivilized behavious, language – pretty well political savagery. Pretty well throwback to Kamuzu criminal dictatorship era! Unacceptable to modern Malawians.

drogba
drogba
1 year ago

Apolisi apezano zochita et….zomangowona ma filimu zathapo pano akupanga za live

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