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APM SOLD A DUMMY: Told there will be no elections, President in jovial mood

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President Peter Mutharika is in a jovial mood after his inner circle of advisers promised him there will not be fresh presidential elections as ordered by the Constitutional Court on February 3,2020.

We can reveal that after getting the information President Mutharika is ‘relaxing’ and is enjoying his ‘wine’ at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

His inner circle of Francis Mphepo, his political adviser, Bright Molande, Director of Communications at State House, Chimwemwe Chipungu, deputy cabinet minister and now trusted homeboy from Thyolo, Brown Mpinganjira, DPP executive member and Kalekeni Kaphale, Attorney General advised Mutharika that the Malawi Supreme Court will save them.

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal is expected to rule on an appeal of the Constitutional Court ruling which ordered fresh presidential elections within 150 days.

“This group has told the President to relax and boy he is indeed relaxing. He is in a good mood and enjoying his wine. He is convinced there will not be any elections and that the Supreme Court will be on his side,” said an insider.

Sources said Mutharika has not made preparations for the elections and has not even released any funds for campaign or otherwise.

“Apparently this group is so sure that there won’t be any elections. They are saying one Supreme Court Justice has assured them and even told them the ruling will be delivered on Tuesday next week,” said the source.

But this is similar advice that the group gave to Mutharika just before the Constitutional Court ruling in February this year.

Maybe Mutharika forgot but the same group has been giving Mutharika hope that all the court cases that have been taken to court will go their way. Mutharika has lost all the cases he has taken to court lately.

Mutharika is 82 years old.

When the Constitutional Court ordered fresh presidential elections, ruling DPP went to the streets to demonstrate against the ruling and demonized the judiciary calling it corrupt.

The party attempted to mend the relationship with the judiciary during a press conference recently where it tried to distance itself from the insults to the judiciary, only for one of its senior members Ken Msonda to foil the move by confirming that indeed he was behind the judiciary insults but in his ‘personal capacity’.

The beleaguered Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) tried to apply to the Supreme Court to vary the Constitutional Court ruling to hold the elections at a later date due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court dismissed the application.

“I wonder why Mutharika believes that there won’t be any elections when the signs are clear from the Supreme Court action of dismissing the MEC election extension application. It’s sad that he is old and therefore prone to forget somethings and the group is taking advantage of this,” said the source.

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