Political impasse to continue, Mutharika not firing Ansah

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By Justin MKWEU 

The citizenry will have to wait a little longer before they see an end to the current political impasse, as concerned stakeholders remain adamant on their stand.

Since the May 21st elections, the country is sailing through political tension, emanating from demonstrations organized by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and supported by opposition political parties.

While many people expect stakeholders to meet and conduct dialogue talks, it has been learnt that many stakeholders are clinging to their stand than talks.

While there have been talks in a bid to bring peace in Malawi, which have so far proved futile, it seems no talks will ever bring peace.

The HRDC have been telling the public that they will never stop demonstrations until the MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah resigns.

After all the damage that has been done because of the demonstrations and as attempts to hold talks to bring sanity in the country continue, the HRDC still maintains that the demonstrations will not stop.

As the HRDC Vice Chairperson Gift Trapence explains, they feel President Peter Mutharika and Jane Ansah have the key to the country’s peace and not them.

The Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM rushed to the country’s courts, seeking the nullification of the presidential elections results.

When HRDC started organizing demonstrations, the two parties urged their supporters to patronize the demos.

Both parties are adamant that until Jane Ansah resigns, or Peter Mutharika fires her, they will continue endorsing the demonstrations.

And speaking to the BBC, President Peter Mutharika has blamed the opposition for the political tension, saying they are failing to live with the reality that they lost elections.

According to Mutharika, he can never fire Ansah because the elections were fair and creditable.

The Malawi leader further reveals that he will not be able to sit at a round table to discuss until the court case is over;

A political commentator Sherrif Kaisi is of the view that unless the country breaks away from some principles, the citizens should forget about peace;

The Supreme Court of Malawi gave a 14 day moratorium to give room to the HRDC and other concerned for discussion on the nature of the demonstrations.

This means that after the discussions, demonstrations are likely to continue, provided that there are systems in place to ensure peace.

There are 7 more days until the moratorium expires.


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