Malawi: Opposition pile on the pressure as Mutharika allegedly disappears

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The opposition in Malawi have put more pressure on the country’s Electoral commission after the results of the May 21 general elections saw incumbent, Peter Mutharika, emerge victorious. 

And reports coming from Malawi suggest that Mutharika has escaped from his Kamudzu Palace using private means after alleged threats from Malawi Defence Forces (MDF) who have reportedly sided with opposition political parties.

Mutharika who was booed and jeered by opposition parliamentarian is said to have escaped after being tipped off of an MDF intended attack on him.

He is reportedly hiding in fear of a take over by the military.

However, no government official has denied or confirmed the reports.

And the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has announced that it will unleash its supporters back to the streets to protest against President Mutharika’s claims  that some politicians are trying to recruit mercenary militias from Al-Shabaab and the Congo war zone to create anarchy in the country.

President Mutharika made the allegation in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in the National Assembly on Friday, saying some politicians had conspired to bomb Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on May 28 when he was being sworn in following the contested presidential elections.

Mutharika did not mention names in his Parliament’s addresses but said he knows the two political leaders who have tried to recruit mercenary militias from Al-Shabaab and the Congo war zone to come and create anarchy in this country.

However, Chakwera said Mutharika should substantiate his allegations warning that if Mutharika does not publicly produce evidence of this within 24 hours, then Malawians will know that this is just another one of his tippex lies.

Chakwera is said to organise his party supporters to get back on the streets and protest against the remarks by Mutharika.

“Whatever the case, his remarks only show how unfit he is for the presidency and how detached he is from reality. As a case in point, he even claimed, with no sense of irony, that if citizens continue to protest, they will one day find themselves being ruled by evil,” said Chakwera.

And the  Civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), has also organised further demonstrations calling for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Asah and other commissioners to resign and pave the way for investigations into, among others, identifying and prosecuting those who supplied tippex to be used for ‘doctoring’ election figures.

HRDC announced the development during a post-June 20 demonstrations news conference held at the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) office in Lilongwe.

Gift Trapence, the HRDC vice-chairperson, said the group expected Ansah to resign by Friday, but she did not hence they will launch a campaign of civil disobedience.

And Zambian President Edgar Lungu says he has been informed of the impasse in Malawi.

President Lungu told journalist on June 24 that he is getting updates from the Zambian Embassy in Malawi on the current situation.

President Lungu is the Chairman of  SADC on politics and ,defense and security.


2 Responses to Malawi: Opposition pile on the pressure as Mutharika allegedly disappears

  1. Malawi appears to be fast maturing democracy wise than us. At least their army is for civilians.

    Junitor Mwape
    June 26, 2019 at 8:59 am

  2. We may have beaten Malawi as Zambian on the introduction of plural politics but now they are ahead of in refusing nonsense.

    Musumali Liyunga
    June 26, 2019 at 6:07 pm

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