CLAIM

At a rally in Zomba, MCP President Lazarus Chakwera and UTM President Saulos Chilima claimed that Malawi President, Peter Mutharika, is instigating violence to have reasons to declare a state of emergency and cancel elections.

CONCLUSION

There is no evidence that President Mutharika sponsored political violence, neither is there evidence that he is planning to declare a state of emergency.

  • Malawi has witnessed violent elections since May 2019 but Mutharika did not declare a state of emergency
  • The violence in Phalombe came as a reaction to violent scenes in Msundwe and Ndirande which were all targeting President Mutharika and the DPP. Msundwe is an opposition stronghold, it would be surprising how Mutharika would sponsor violence in such an area
  • When confronted with having to declare measures in fighting against the coronavirus, Mutharika did not declare a state of emergency which would have given him powers to impose a lockdown even without the courts involved, instead he declared a state of disaster
  • The opposition has made various claims pertaining to the government planning to either rig or cancel elections but none has been substantiated this far

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