Well, Blantyre must a special place to be at the moment. As the results and announced results of Triparte Elections of 21st May 2019 is coming in. We are 4 days in after the polls. The Final statement from Malawi Electoral Commission on the Parliamentary Elections. Shows further results, but also how the MEC and the Government uses certain tools to deem it free and fair.
We can certainly see, that if anyone disagree or deems the results unfair. If they feel the results are not justified. Than, the candidates have to get evidence, affidavits and take it to the Courts. This is normal practice, but in a world of social media. We have seen clear evidence of malpractice and of altering results. Especially on the Return Forms from the Polling Stations.
The way MEC has answered this is like this: “The Commission received a number of queries regarding the parliamentary elections and they have been attended to. The concerns from political parties over discrepancies and irregularities have been heard and given attention. Regarding any concerns among political parties and candidates about the results, they are entitled to file petitions in the High Court within seven days” (MEC, 25.05.2019).
We know there been breaches and there are some questionable behaviour. Therefore, this should be taken to court and challenged. As someone has changed and altered the results. Since, the need for Tipp-Ex has been so obvious.
Also, another statement in the report dropped today, shows the values of the Election Observer Missions, as even there is particular challenges with the polls. They are there to do this: “The credibility of our elections has also been attested to by various observer missions who have all commended the Commission for managing a credible process that allowed for the freedom and will of the voters to prevail” (MEC, 25.05.2019).
We can clearly see what it does and what we can ask ourselves. Since the first official results are out. The party of the incumbent President have the most MPs, but not alone. The Presidential Elections Results are awaiting as they are pending, because of a Court Order contesting several of the poll results in several of regions. This means, those results will come out later.
Who knows how that will end, as the only indication earlier, was that the results was too close to call. However, that could mean, they were awaiting for the definite results in favour of the incumbent. That wouldn’t be shocking.
We can just await and see, but the exposure of both military arrests of election workers and the return forms littered in Tipp-Ex. Surely, put this all in jeopardy, because the legitimacy and the questions of a credible comes into question. That is why the coming days and the hours of recounting is important. That its done with all the stakeholders, as Thabo Mbeki the Commonwealth EOM Chairman travelled home to be part of swearing-in Cyril Ramaphosa. That is just the way things are.
This is why, the realities are there and the knifing for the Presidency is there, as there are remaining questions in the air. The MPs and Parliamentary Elections results are out and surely some of the constituencies will be challenged in the Courts. As there is most likely not only rigged tallies in favour of one, but of several. There is also likely not only at the Presidential level, but also at the MPs. As any likelihood, everyone wants an advantage. This is just my cynicism. I might be wrong, but hell, Tipp-Ex my statements, if you have too. Peace.
That the Transformation Alliance are planning to become a Political Party seems to stressful for the Republic of Malawi. This can be said, since the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Hon. Grace Obama Chiumia ordered that two foreign speakers to a TA Conference we’re banned from the Republic. This is the Zambian politician Saviour Chishimba and the South African politician Julius Malema. TA must really upset the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the President Peter Mutharika, who is struggling in with the Cash-Gate and the Maize-Scandal, that has run the Republic.
The Malawian ruling party and President Mutharika must fear the possible TA becoming a single political party instead of a political pressure group. Since the pressure group has enough power to get two foreign high-level politicians to its conference. They would question the corruption and the problematic institutions lacking procedures to secure food storage. Just take a look!
“BLANTYRE – Transformation Alliance (TA), a political pressure group, has announced that it has invited South African and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, and controversial Zambian politician Saviour Chishimba, to its first national conference end of August ahead of the 2019 elections” (…) “Chishimba is a darling to Malawians for being a whistle blower of the controversial maize deal between state grain trader, Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc), Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF), a government agency, and private company Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Ltd” (Kamanga, 2017).
“Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have threatened to take action to force the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) pay back the money it received from councils and parastatals during the blue night fundraising dinner held at Kamuzu Palace. According to reports, DPP solicited money from Blantyre City Council (BCC), Mzuzu City Council (MCC) and Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) totalling K13.5 million. Gift Trapence: The reports sparked anger among CSOs who demanded that DPP must pay back the money it got from the institutions” (…) “As Civil Society Organizations we are not going to allow having that impunity and we are warning the ruling party it will return that money come rain come sunshine,” said Trapence. He further urged President Peter Mutharika not to allow party members to be “insulting” the citizenry when they demand answers on issues of national interest” (Bisani, 2017).
“Chakwera will join Julius Malema a well -known politician in South Africa, a firebrand agitator who is revered and disliked in equal measure as another speaker will be Zambia’s leader of United Party (UP), Saviour Chishimba and that he has already confirmed his attendance. TA spokesman, Leonard Chimbanga could not confirm or deny about Chakwera attending the conference late alone making a keynote address, but confirmed that the leader of opposition has been invited to attend the conference. “He has been invited since we share similar views on matters of national interests,” he said. Meanwhile, some officials within the alliance have told Nyasa Times that the pressure group is working on turning into a political party ahead of 2019 elections apart from working underground to forge an alliance with other political groupings including Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Peoples Party (PP)” (Malawi Voice Reporter, 2017).
Clearly, the Malawian government are afraid of the TA. They fear what the opposition pressure group TA can gain from this conference. That is why they have banned the Zambian politician UP Chishimba and South African EFF Malema is barred from entering the country. This proves the problems Malawi government has with it’s opposition. Peace.
Bisani, Luke – ‘CSOs threaten demos over blue night donations’ (16.08.2017) link: https://malawi24.com/2017/08/16/csos-threaten-demos-blue-night-donations/
Kamanga, Penelope Paliani – ‘Malawi’s pressure group invites Malema and Zambia’s Chishimba’ (14.08.2017) link: https://southernafrican.news/2017/08/14/malawis-pressure-group-invites-malema-and-zambias-chishimba/
Malawi Voice Reporter – ‘Kunkuyu’s Transformation Alliance Party Teams-Up With MCP Ahead Of 2019 Polls’ (16.08.2017) link: http://www.malawivoice.com/kunkuyus-transformation-alliance-party-teams-up-with-mcp-ahead-of-2019-polls/