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Malawians Celebrate Constitutional Court Ruling in Favor of Presidential Re-election

This is the first time an election has ever been legally challenged since Malawi obtained its independence from the British in 1964.

Yesterday, Malawi's Constitutional Court ruled in favour of a presidential re-election this year after finding "widespread irregularities" with the 2019 May election which saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected, the BBC reports.

Many Malawians have praised the recent ruling and welcomed the judges' decision to have fresh elections in five months' time. The landmark ruling is the first time that an election has been legally challenged—and successfully so—since the Southern African country obtained independence from the British in 1964.


Last year's May presidential election results caused a national upheaval following allegations of vote rigging through altering ballot papers, according to Foreign Policy. Current President Mutharika subsequently won 38.6 percent of the vote followed closely by opposition leaders Lazarus Chakwera securing 35 percent and former Vice President Saulos Chilima securing 20 percent. Chakwera and Chilima cried foul and led the charge to appeal the election results released by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

Massive protests ensued as a result and have been intensifying in magnitude over the past few months although interrupted by intermittent bans on protests by the courts.

Part of the court ruling provided by Aljazeera reads as follows:

"The position of this court is that the widespread use of Tippex greatly undermined the integrity of the elections so much that applying the qualitative approach, the argument by the second respondent (Malawi Electoral Commission) that the valid vote count was not affected and that no monitor came forward to raise a complaint does not matter and this argument is thrown out."

The court added that in the interim, Mutharika would remain president.

Read some of the reactions to the court's decision on social media below:




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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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