Bribing judges, last straw breaking Malawi democracy camel’s back

Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly. 19 Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent. 20 Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.—Deuteronomy 16:18-20

If a cat gets its hands on a spool of yarn, in no time it can unravel the spool, often entangling itself in the yarn of the spool. This appears to be the case when a team of leaders with personal and corrupt intentions take the reins. The first intention usually leads to plots to stay in office or in a democracy and fill the numerous strategic positions with one’s supporters.

Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda lauded for taking the bribery complaints to  ACB.

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in announcing President Peter Mutharika the winner of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections amid concerns of election anomalies, has ended up compromising Malawi’s democratic progression. The culmination of which is the demand for MEC chairperson Jane Ansah, who is also Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal judge, to resign her position.

As the Constitutional Court panel of five-judges appear to be winding toward a decision on the petition brought to it by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima, Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda this week presented what appears to be the straw that may break Malawi’s democracy camel’s back.

Witnesses brought to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) relayed pristine evidence to try and prove that the elections were marred by irregularities. Furthermore, during cross witness testimonies, members of MEC were at pains to freely give their version of the various mismanagement of the election process as stipulated by Malawi Electoral Law.

The icing on the cake in the ConCourt 2019 election case was the revelation that MEC and its commissioners’ lack transparency in their delegation of duties, even to represent the body at the ConCourt proceedings.

In a recent discourse on the May Election fraud, the question was asked who is masterminding this circus? While that was a rhetorical question and did not need a response, this week’s revelation by Chief Justice Nyirenda that he has lodged a complaint to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) following concerns by some of the judges on attempts to bribe them shook the nation.

Some people are wondering why the justices made the revelations; supposedly wondering “don’t they have children they want to send abroad for better education?”

Some good informant sent this tongue-in-cheek response from Evison Cizza (excerpts):

1. To tell us who the winners are before the judgment comes. No winner attempts to bribe a judge, this is the work of a sour loser.

2. To be friends with all sane Malawians.

3. To save Malawi from the burning hell, these judges have been enveloped in the Holy Spirit and are here proving that this is a divine war. They have seen the future of Malawi should they allow bribes.

4. To have eternal and internal peace. No matter how much money one gets through corruption, it never births peace.

5. To prepare for their higher positions in the government to come. As Jesus said, “those who do as I say will be with me where I’m going”. These judges undoubtedly have plans of reforming and building Malawi.

6. It’s about legacy, and nyota (medals), as every great man craves so much to be recognised.

These are great reasons indeed; the ConCourt panel are to be congratulated, and the Chief Justice to be lauded for taking the bribery complaints to  ACB.

The cumulative effect of the numerous actions of this President and the DPP in 2019, are a big burden to bear for Malawi. Malawians should not allow this cat to unravel the yarn of democracy that we threaded together in 1993 for the benefit of all Malawians in the sphere of multiparty dispensation that is free from corrupt dealings and fraudulent practices as bribing judges.

Long live genuine democracy!

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Sams
Sams
10 months ago

Thanks for the article combining biblical refence and politics

Tuvitwana
Tuvitwana
10 months ago

CADET ZEX RAJAB, VOMELEZANI KUTI NTHAWI YAKUTHELANI. OSAKAKAMIRA KHOSI LOPANDA MNOFU KKKKKKKKK.

Lazarus Kappata Njikho
Lazarus Kappata Njikho
10 months ago

Comment pending…

Mwana wa Anabanda
Mwana wa Anabanda
10 months ago

I believe if judgment is passed in the way of revoking elections, any president leading this nation in future will take Malawians seriously and it shall be the birth of a nation wanting to do things by the rule book which will result of course in ending mediocrity and slowly choking corruption by the neck. End of it all a beautiful nation full of good values for itself and its citizens. Let it be so in Jesus name.

Kano
Kano
10 months ago

Amen

Joel
Joel
10 months ago

Amen…

Zex rajabu
Zex rajabu
10 months ago

these judges are not saints, congratulate them for what? Nobody makes attempt to bribe strong judiciary. Unfortunately our judiciary does very well in terms of corruption is why numerous case files go missing each year, criminals are still walking free. That someone approached these judges with a bribe just proves there is way to bribe them because. Mistake was he didn’t approach them properly. Stupid article

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
10 months ago
Reply to  Zex rajabu

The guilty are always conscious. Wakwiya ndi mfiti, kkkkk

George Malemu
George Malemu
10 months ago
Reply to  Zex rajabu

Files are removed by the court clerics and not judges take it or leave it. If you dare to bribe these clerics they will remove the file and hid it somewhere. Know the job descprition of each individual

mfumujay
mfumujay
10 months ago
Reply to  Zex rajabu

Senseless comment and observation. Sometimes it’s wise to keep mum.

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
10 months ago

To add insult to injury it seems there is a vacancy at ministry of justice just waiting for Mr matemba….. How does that happen when others want promotion or employment basically

Nematodes
10 months ago

Who is that idiot?

Friend yankho saiconde
10 months ago
Reply to  Nematodes

Let the truth come rather than to conclude as if we are the judges no

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