Faizel Patel, Radio Islam - 04-02-2020
The Media Review Network (MRN) says Malawi was plunged into a constitutional crisis after the presidential elections which was contested and deemed unfair declaring Peter Mutharika the winner.
Malawi's Constitutional Court has annulled that May 2019 presidential election and ordered a re-run after an application from opposition parties citing irregularities.
Mutharika, won the election with a 38.57% share of the vote, with opposition party leader Lazarus Chakwera getting 35.41% and Saulos Chilima, who formed his own party, had 20.24% in the final tally.
Despite complaints of irregularities, including results sheets with sections blotted out or altered with correction fluid, the electoral commission declared Mutharika the winner.
Speaking to Radio Islam during the Africa Report, the Media Review Network’s Mustafa Mheta says the Constitutional Court’s ruling is a slap in the face of the African Union (AU) who deemed the elections free and fair.
“The irony of this judgment is indeed a slap in the face for the African Union as an institution and SADC and goes on to prove what some of us have always been agitating for that the elite on the continent will always protect and lookout for one another as having being demonstrated in Malawi.”
Mheta says security forces were out on the streets in large numbers to avoid the country plunging into chaos.
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