Strange air of dejection filled Sanjika Palace on the last day of Peter Mutharika’s presidency Saturday.
During a press briefing Saturday, The Sunday Times beheld Mutharika’s aides packing their personal belongings into trucks, ready to pave way for President-elect Lazarus Chakwera.
With forced smiles, they chatted each other up as one by one left the Plot Number One.
Addressing the media, a visibly disappointed Mutharika said the election was marred with unacceptable irregularities which renderers the election far from credible.
Mutharika who no longer had the customised security personnel, described the just ended fresh presidential election which has booted him out of the State House as the worst in the country’s history.
“We expected an election without irregularities, especially that the Highest Court of this country nullified the 2019 well accredited election on the basis of irregularities. Sadly, as all Malawians have seen, this election is the worst in Malawi’s history of our elections.
“Our monitors were beaten, hacked, abducted and intimidated so that they should not participate in voting observation process. Many of the tally sheets do not have signatures as monitors were in hospitals and could not be present to endorse results. In most instances, we believe most of the results that were sent to Mec are not a true reflection of the people,” Mutharika said.
Mutharika, however, urged Malawians to maintain peace, law and order after announcement of the results.
“We are at the moment waiting for the Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) to announce the results of the election. Much as I find this election unacceptable, but for the sake of peace, and for the love of our country, which is larger than us all, I wish to ask all Malawians to be peaceful when the results are announced. It is only my sincere hope that we will unite to take this country forward instead of taking it backward,” he said.
Mutharika a law professor was elected into the high office on May 19, in 2014 from opposition after beating former president Joyce Banda who took to the crown following the passing of Mutharika’s brother Bingu, on April 6, 2012.