Smoke in Malawi capital as protestors deliver petition to presidential aide

The road leading to Kamuzu Palace – the official residence of President Peter Mutharika in the capital Lilongwe was full of smoke on Thursday afternoon as thousands of anti Jane Ansah protesters burnt bushes along the road on their march to the palace to submit a petition to force the embattled Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to resign over irregularities that marred the presidential election in May.

Free from fear: The protesters marched to presidential residence

This is the fourth round of demonstrations led by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM party since moves to oust the MEC Chairperson began in June.

Both MCP and UTM party have taken the matter to the Constitutional Court to ask for nullification of the presidential election results, arguing that MEC fraudulently declared President Peter Mutharika as the winner.

The current round of protests are targeting state residences where the appointing authority for Justice Ansah, President Mutharika, lives.

The smoke along the presidential way was dense, billowing far above the capital and spreading to a number of buildings into the Central Business District.

HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, is on record saying that his coalition would proceed to holding the demonstrations daily if the MEC Chairperson does not resign this time around.

Meanwhile, the prostesters, led by HRDC leadership, have submitted their petition to Presidential Advisor on Civil Society, Mavuto Bamusi, and asked him to come back quickly with positive response from Kamuzu Palace.

The marchers say they will not leave until the positive response from State House which must state that Justice Ansah has resigned.

The prostesters were blocked by Malawi Defense Force soldiers and police from proceeding near Kamuzu Palace at the Chinese Embassy offices, a place which is far away from the palace.

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Brenda Soko
1 year ago

Now we can see that leaders in the likes of samora warlike munamuona bwanji Saulo mmene amavalira warlike…sitikufuna leaders of such caliber.Akumatiopseza…komanso baba a Lazaro zitayeni izi inu ndi mbusa musiireni Saulo zimenezi komanso ngati simukudziwa Saulo akukuonongerani mbiri yanu adzakuthawani kutsogolo kuno mwana ameneyu ndi wachabe chenjerani naye.

Favour of Yahweh
1 year ago

What are tree branches doing in a free demonstration? Kuononga chilengedwe uku. Chakwera and his family members are home eating and drinking. His grand children are going to schools, yet you are destroying schools , clinics which your children, your relatives go to. Chilima’s children are going to school, yet you’re busy doing things that will not help . The end result of this, burglaries will be common both sides. Groom the thieves and you will cry soon.

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
1 year ago

Justice comes at a cost, mind you

Achiswe
1 year ago

My fellow Malawians are tired of being oppressed by the corruption of their politicians and in particular their so called President, who they believe was fraudulently elected. Look at the protestors in the photograph – dressed in very poor clothing and barefoot. Can you blame them for being frustrated and angry? They represent the majority of people in the country who are equally downtrodden and in poverty. They saw no benefit at all from the last five years of DPP rule and now they fear a further five years of the same.

Conspiracy of Fools
1 year ago

Mavuto Bamusi is the presidential advisor on civil society! Of course. He is.

Everyon's genius
Everyon's genius
1 year ago

The message is clear “Dr Jane Ansah must go”. Whatever the case, she must step down

Nsikidzi
Nsikidzi
1 year ago

Kodi are we still taming hypocrites in the name of Bamusi? What chic! I thought he died with Bingu?

DRAKE
DRAKE
1 year ago

Stupid people, Regional minded demonstrators, Mtambo has killer blood in Him, thank that Peter Mutharika is a cool person, otherwise if it was Uje Nonse akadakumangani lero ZOKAMBILANA LATER. Time is coming when this Nosense will have to stop.

Khudze mkuyabwe
Khudze mkuyabwe
1 year ago
Reply to  DRAKE

Peter nde ndani galu iwe?sangapange kanthu chifukwa si president.

Soko
Soko
1 year ago

Yes Khudze Mkuyabwe ukunena zoona. Kkkkkkk koma mwamuona Peter mukunenayo? Wachita kutuwa kuti mbuu ngati wadzola powder. Kutuwa chifukwa cha mantha ndi mavuto, U President nso siukukoma ataaaaa

Zenai Kalabo
Zenai Kalabo
1 year ago
Reply to  DRAKE

Peter is a cool person,… my foot, He is an inept and indecisive person he can not make even a single decision what do you expect? Just tell me one decision that your Peter made,… is it rushing for a swearing ceremony for an election he did not win? Nay… that decision was not even made by him, all the decision are made on his behalf when he is walking around half asleep.

TOSH
1 year ago

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaa kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk zinthuzi ndiye zikukoma ndinganene kuti kusangalatsa olo zitachitika kwa zaka 20

Favour of Yahweh
1 year ago
Reply to  TOSH

Kuganiza mobwbwana kumeneko. How long will you celebrate when things turn sour. What was the use of going to court. Mukunyamula za ku Nyau nkulowetsa ndale. You are destroying the nation because of foolishness. May be you are not in this nation, but you have relations who can suffer more. Think like human not like a goat.

GRM
GRM
1 year ago
Reply to  TOSH

True. This is entertainment 2.0. Free of charge.

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