Ambokire manifesto case goes to  court, multiparty forum quashes it

Lawyer Ambokire Salim is  facing Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) legal team in the High Court as the battle on whether politicians should be forced to deliver on their campaign promises or not starts in earnest n the afternoon.

Lawyer Salimu

Lawyer Salimu

MEC spokesman Sangwani Mwafulirwa said MEC attorneys has already applied that the pollster be grated leave for judicial review.

He however refused to comment on Salim’s view, saying the commission’s stance would be known in court as commenting on the issue which is already in court would be prejudice.

Salim wants the court to rule that politicians who fail to deliver on their campaign promises, usually contained in party manifestos, must be punished for lying to unsuspecting voters.

However, Kizito Tenthani, Centre for Multiparty Democracy executive director punched holes in Salim’s interview in an interview Wednesday, saying the case would likely collapse.

“I don’t understand how the lawyer wants to do that because a manifesto is just a wish list of those aspiring to be in government or to hold a public office. To come u with a legislation to force a politician fulfill a wish list is baffling,” he said.

He said though these sounds good, it would be difficult to enforce such a legislation.

Tenthani said some of the promises could not be fulfilled because of financial constraints and the executive is not the only branch of government to make dreams come a reality as parliament has to be consulted as well on some issues so what if parliament rejects some of the promises.

He also was of the view that Salim has sued a wrong party, saying MEC mandate is to run elections, they are managers of a electoral process.

“Maybe he could have sued the registrar of political parties, maybe, but I don’t subscribe to this idea anyway,” he said.

Tenthani gave credit to President Peter Mutharika for implementing some of his campaign promises, saying he promised to have a 20 member cabinet, he has stuck to that.

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17 thoughts on “Ambokire manifesto case goes to  court, multiparty forum quashes it”

  1. Ndanena says:

    A SALIMU AMAWONEKA NGATI LAWYER WACHABE CHABE KOMA NDI LAWYER YEKHAYO WA NZERU PAMENE ENAWA YAWO NDISHOBS KUBA NDALAMA ZA MA CLIENT

  2. gagati says:

    of course ndizowona kuti they should explain. but iam not sure the practicality of ambokire. I have never held it at this earth. may be he has anew political or legal theory he wants to be accredited to. we shall see

  3. Mataka Matowe says:

    The constitution is very clear on the mandate of MEC. It is to run elections and not to regulate political parties. The lawyer is confused and just wants media attention. This case will definitely fail. Fellow lawyers advise your friend please!!!!

  4. Game out! says:

    How many promises has Ambokire made in his life which he has failed to fulfill?

  5. Chikutumbwe says:

    Wamisala anaona nkhondo. Ambokire Salimu you have my backing.

  6. RESPECT SUPPORTERS says:

    HOW DO YOU ENTRUST
    SOMEBODY TO A HIGHER
    GOVT OFFICE IF SHE /HE
    IS A LIAR ???

    THESE LIES HINDER
    DEVELOPMENTS

    AZUNGU ANZATHU ZOMWE
    ANENA NDI ZOMWEZO

    NKONA ZITUKUKO
    ZIMAYENDA BHO BHO !!

    KUNAMA NDI TCHIMO
    LALIKULU !!

  7. Jelbin Mk says:

    I think Mr Tenthani did not see the DPP’s manifesto. Amongst all the promises which were more than ten and the only one they delivered was of 20 cabinet ministers but with a congregation of advisers costing the same as a big cabinet could. Where is the information bill? What about the effectiveness of the malata cement subsidy program? What about presidential powers Peter was barking about reducing around the country? What about the independent anti corruption bureau? What about kuthetsa njala? What about the promise he made that his first thing he was going to do if elected was to get into a helicopter to Nsanje and open the Nsanje Zambezi water way? Just to mention a few. Now this foolish Tenthani wants us to believe that Peter fulfilled his promises? Is he Normal or he is high on a weed? Does Mr Tenthani know the meaning of the word “wish” or wish list? If someone says “i wish i could do abcd” it means the person does not have ability to do those things but he/she wishes could be done but can not. Thus why if someone says “i will beat you” if u know he/she can not literary beat you you tell him/her “you wish you could”. Now in political campaign it is not the word wish that tames center stage. It is the world “will” I will do this or that. Therefore they really need to be taken to task if they don’t respect their promises. I hope my explanation will help you Tenthani.

  8. austin says:

    go deeper salimu

  9. chidikhodikho says:

    Wonders shall never end. Munthuyu akuwoneka ngati wolima ganja. Sakuwoneka mochita inspire. No wonder zimene akupanganso zingolingana ndendende ndi mawonekedwe ake. Tikatere timati sukulu munthuyu sinamupindulire wanggowononga nthawi yake basi….kkkkk

  10. Mwana Mai says:

    Paja timapopana, timvekere ” Law expert kapena analyst”. Keep on praising them and they will be revealed based on their works.

  11. Mphandwe says:

    Ambokire has a point where most politicians lie to the public on what they will do when in power. It is not a wish list as said by Tenthani. I expected him to know better what is a wish list and electoral promises. Some of the promises, for example in the DPP manifesto, do not require expending financial resources but commitment and will to ensure that it is done. Reducing presidential powers, information bill and having independent ACB and MBC etc do not require financial resources. It is only needed the Parliament to approve that which all DPP members rejected for fear of the unknown. Mind you, all were in the DPP manifesto and later rejected their own proposals in Parliament. This is lying to the public!

  12. Grace says:

    I would propose we have a national manifesto kind of doc. In this doc we as a nation we will write our aspirations..dreams….as a nation. We can also clearly state the strategies to achieve our dreams. This will be regardless of which party is in power. Ambokire please please please……. Then we as a nation can sue if some party in government is not implementing the dream.

  13. Chilungamo says:

    Manifesto is just a campaign tool it can be fulfilled or not especially in Africa where we depend on donors. In other countries where politicians are elected based on their financial muscle, it’s easy to fulfill what was enshrined in their manifesto e.g those in arab countries one can have oil resource or mines which generates billion dollars during his/her tenure of office therefore this can be applied. Other wise it’s like when proposing a lady to marry you can promise that once you get married, you will always be home, you build her a house and your children will go to high schools but alas get into the family hey!

  14. nanga says:

    Complete ignorance of democratic systems and politics. Is Ambokire REALLY a lawyer because he lacks brains. Tenthani`s response can cure Ambokire off his attention seeking affliction.

  15. NAVITCHA says:

    DEAR AMBOKIRE
    PLEASE HELP US POOR
    MASSES OUT HERE
    BY TAKING THESE PEOPLE
    TO COURT BECAUSE
    THEY LIE TOO MUCH
    FOR US TO VOTE FOR THEM
    LATER ON THEY RUN AWAY
    OR START CHANGING TUNES.

  16. Thyolo Thava says:

    Tiye nawo Ambokile makape amenewa…

  17. Ambokire Salim, one wonders if this is indeed a Lawyer who went to school to do Law full time. My guess is that he wants people to know he is existing because he is not well known Or else something is going haywire in his head.

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