In his keynote speech at the 55th independence celebrations at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, a cool speaking Mutharika said the opposition Malawi Congress Party and UTM have a case in court, and asked: “Why cant they wait for the court process.?"
The two parties have petitioned the constitutional court seeking a re-run of the May 21 presidential vote only, claiming the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) rigged the vote in favour of Mutharika.
MEC declared Mutharika winner of the presidential poll, flooring MCP's Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima of UTM with over 159,000 votes in the first-past-the-post system.
The oppostion also want MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah to resign for irregularities in results management. Ansah has refused to resign saying she will wait until a court verdict is known on whether the poll was fraudulent.
But Mutharika said they were causing mayhem and violence through demos because “they know they lost the election. They lost the election big time.”
He said Malawi will instead continue on the path of prosperity. “Malawi will continue to move forward. This country belongs to all of us.”
Mutharika said what was needed was “to collectively reflect what went wrong with us a people. Tizifunse kodi a Malawi tatani,?” he said in Chichewa, the main local language.
He said he knew there were many millions of Malawians who were silent but who love this country. “There are millions of Malawians who love peace, law and order. Let us join them in the love of our country.”
The celebrations run under the theme “ Celebrating Our Independence with Peace, Love and Unity.”
Urging unity and hard work among Malawians, Mutharika said: ”As we raise our flags of patriotism, let us remember that it has taken us unity and hard work to build the nation the Malawi we want.”
He said Malawi, which gained its independence from Britain on July 6 in 1964, was built with “treasures worth safeguarding.”
The re-elected President said: “We may be a poor nation but we are not poor people.”
MALAWIANS NOT ENEMIES
Mutharika implored that Malawians might have differences, “but we are not enemies. There is no Malawian who must regard a fellow Malawian as an enemy.”
He said : “We may vote for different parties. This does not mean we are enemies. We come from different parts of the country, that does not mean we are enemies. We are all Malawians. We are one people.”
Mutharika, the fourth President in the multi-party era since 1994, said as long as Malawi was a multi-party democracy, “there shall never come a time when we all vote for one person.”
“We will always differ in our political preferences. But that should never make us enemies. We will always remain Malawians, people of one country and a common goal to develop our country. Let us unite in developing the country.”