Jumah says age limit bill has no element of democracy

By Vincent Gunde

President and Commander in Chief of Muvi wa Chilungamo Revolutionary Party [MRP) Bantu Saunders Jumah, says enactment of age limit bill for a presidential candidate started in 1994 to bar Malawi’s founding father Ngwazi Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda from standing who by then, was 90 years.

Jumah said Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika is walking in the footsteps of Kamuzu Banda as Parliamentarians are strategizing to block him from standing in the 2025 elections speaking for itself that some laws were formulated deliberately targeting individuals.

Mutharika, to be affected by age limit bill

H said as the case with Professor Mutharika, many Malawians were scared of Kamuzu Banda, they thought no one could defeat him hence limiting the presidential age to 70 years and this made Kamuzu not qualifying.

Speaking through his face book page followed by millions of people in Malawi and Africans on the continent, Jumah said the MCP hit back at those against Kamuzu from standing by tabling that Bakili Muluzi need not to stand basing on his criminal record he committed in the 1970s.

Discussions between the National Executive Committee and National Consultative Council (NCC) resolved that all laws be thrown out to allow both Kamuzu Banda and Bakili Muluzi stand in the 1994s first multi-party elections.

“The power to choose rests in the hands of the voters, let him stand, the choice is with the people and not hiding through age limit,” said Jumah.

On the September, 2025 elections, Jumah said it is sad that Members of Parliament (MPs) have given themselves power to shift the elections date from 21st May, 2024 to 16th September, 2025 to suit their own interests other than those of the citizens and the country.

Jumah said sadly President Chakwera and his Vice President Dr. Saulosi Chilima agreed to change the law by extending their term of office by one year to six years forgetting and ignoring the constitutional order that elections must be held every after five years describing this as conflict of interest.

He said countries such as South Africa, Botswana and Namibia are going to the elections this year questioning Why Malawi’s elections in September, 2024 calling on all patriotic Malawians to wake up and open their eyes to defend their Republican Constitution.