“Let us admit we have a dilemma between going to an Election too soon or preventing the spreading of Coronavirus. As a nation, we need to make a collective decision. This Parliament must make its voice heard before the people” (Mutharika, 04.06.2020).
In the Republic of Malawi as it is preparing and making itself ready for a second round of Presidential Elections. After a mismanaged and rigged one in 2019. The Courts annulled the results of the National Elections, which stopped the automatic second term for President Peter Mutharika. That’s maybe why his extra salty. Maybe that’s why he has catched feelings and getting dodgy in concern to the Courts.
I am sure the President and his team wouldn’t have said a thing, if the same Courts had validated the National Election in 2019. However, his in a temporary position, as the Republic are awaiting the next polls. Because, his there and the statements made by him is deliberate actions.
Like this one:
“This Parliament respects the Courts. But that does not mean that we must agree with every judgement that comes from the Courts. We must all hold one another accountable. Let me say one thing for record. With the decision which the Court has made on the issue of irregularities, we will never, never have a valid and credible Election in this country because there will always be some irregularities in any Election. We have set a precedence by which the next Election will be even more disputable. We have set a precedence when your election as Members of Parliament can be nullified just because a well-meaning officer tried to correct a mistake using tippex” (Mutharika, 04.06.2020).
His taken the paradigm, that the Malawian Electoral Commission (MEC) never can follow procedures nor follow electoral regulations. That says more about the appointed staff and their capabilities. His indirectly saying, the institutions and the laws are not fitting together. That is why the President thinks this way and therefore, he can now excuse it himself. If the results isn’t in his favour, because the results is easily seen as disputable and lack credibility.
That is a deliberate act by the President. Instead of chasing and making the system better for the polls. He instead both blaming the Courts and MEC at the same time. As he can point out that and most likely he will. The elections could be credible, if the authorities and the Electoral Commission actually follows Electoral Laws. It should be that simple and also being transparent and accountable while at it. Instead of rigging the results and using tipp-ex to secure the incumbent a victory.
“In as far as the result of an Election is intact, then the will of the people prevails. We cannot, and we should never, nullify an Election if any irregularities do not affect the results of the Election. Nullifying an Election is nullifying the will of the people” (Mutharika, 04.06.2020).
This here is just infuriating. Here indirectly the President said its fine wit h election rigging, as long as that initially results are the same. Which wouldn’t be true, because if the will of the people was something else. Than the authorities and MEC wouldn’t rig the numbers for someone. Then its the will of the ones counting the votes, not the voters. That should be B-A-S-I-C. Alas, not in the case of Peter. Who thinks nullification of elections shouldn’t happen, because rigged elections are cool as long it benefits the likes of him.
He calls it the will of the people, even with the rigging. However, if rigging is cool, than its not the will of the actual people, but the will of the ones rigging. Someone needs to give this lesson to the President.
Nevertheless, I think that is a lost cause. Let me tipp-ex myself out. Just kidding. Peace.
“I am directing the Police and MDF to stop these demonstrations. Should HRDC, MCP and UTM go ahead with the demonstrations, let them not say that they were not warned. Without the borders, there is no Malawi. These people [HRDC, MCP & UTM] are waging war on our country and it’s treasonous. I have no choice but to take necessary measures to protect the borders with all the necessary force a law unto themselves one day, evil will rule this country” – President Peter Mutharika (08.03.2020).
The Tipp-Ex President Peter Mutharika, who cannot stomach demonstrations nor public display of dissatisfaction towards him and the state. Now, there is no middle ground. He is now closing the space. His not accepting being questioned, neither the Malawi Electoral Commission. The President says this as several of the leaders in the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC). Therefore, his words are not worthless.
The President is setting himself up for failure. His closing the ability of the people to be vocal when the state is wrong. His saying the other opposition should be silent too. This is a clear step of a man who distrust of people is rising sky-high. Maybe, his feeling the pressure for techniques to rig the May 2020 elections?
The President of Malawi directing the army and police force, whose there to secure the public. Not to stop them nor stop the public from demonstrating against unfair policies and decrees. That is why they are on the streets with their feet.
That Mutharika is going to this step. Really shows how little governance, little ability he has to rule temporary, as his living on mercy after the “null and void” elections in 2019. The citizens deserves better than this.
Mutharika is saying they are treasonous for demonstrating, which is very convenient for him. Making any dissent into illegal action. This is a clear misdirection and malicious attempt of overriding any will of the people. Since, the President only allows his actions and his directions. The public has to silenced. If they dare to speak out, then they might face treason. How else you interpret these words?
The President whose already living on borrowed time with the highest office. Is clearly planning to stay by any means. As he is directing the authorities to stop the others from competing and using the boulevards as their platforms. Since, he got the State House and the Authorities in his pocket. This is why he makes offending him and his intelligence a crime against the state. That is what he has initially done by saying this! Peace.