Mutharika Describes Elections Case Ruling As “Judicial Coup D’état”

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President Peter Mutharika is not relenting on his criticism of the judiciary weeks after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the annulment of his re-election.

Breaking his three-week absence from the public view, Mutharika told state broadcaster MBC last night that the whole world is laughing at Malawi’s judicial system for being corrupt and for making a wrong ruling.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court dismissed the president’s and the electoral commission’s appeal against the February 3 High Court ruling nullifying last May’s presidential poll citing gross irregularities.

Mutharika, said the whole elections case and its verdict at both levels of the court as a judicial coup d’état

According to the President, the judiciary – including the Supreme Court – is corrupt and bent on removing him from office; an assertion he first made when he presented his nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC on May 7.

He also accused Malawi Congress Party-MCP and Tonse Alliance leader Lazarus Chakwera and State Vice President Saulos Chilima of destroying the country, labeling them as promoters of violence.

On when he is going to start campaign for the forthcoming fresh poll, Mutharika suggested that it would be awkward for him to do so when various activities including schools are closed due to Coronavirus on his orders.

He also dismissed the opposition’s demand for him to get on the ground saying he will launch his campaign when the official date for the election is announced officially.

 

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