Calls for arrest of VP’s assistant for impersonating Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) official in by-elections

Malawi Police has been urged to arrest Moses Kuchingale, a personal assistant to the  Vice President, who is accused of impersonating a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) official in the just-ended Mchinji West by-election.

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Kuchingale is alleged to have visited a number of polling centres, namely; Mzura Full Primary School, Mchinji Community Day Secondary School, Mchinji Secondary School and Kamwendo Trading Centre while posing as a MEC official.

He denied the report but Police officer-in-charge (OC) in Mchinji,  Maximus Thomson Bakali  said they  receiving a complaint against him.

Meanwhile, The Nation newspaper in its editorial comment on Monday said the matter involving Kuchingake on its own is “enough cause for worry as it has all the semblance of acts of rigging that have come to characterise such elections in the country.”

The newspaper has also fauled MEC in the way it handled the incident, saying one would have epected the electoral body to treat Kuchingale’s saga with all the seriousness it deserves “and act with speed other than  making clains that the Commission is still aiting for a formal complaint on the case.”

The editorial comment says if indeed Kuchingale was spotted wearing a MEC attire, then he should by now have been arrested by the police pending investigations into the matter, saying impersonating a MEC official is nothing short of a criminal offence.

“We, therefore, urge MEC and the law enforcers to take this as a matter of urgency and ac on it the soonest if our electoral system is to remain credible,” reads the editorial comment in the paper.

The paper said it is also time MEC restored its public confidence by being an institution that is non-partisan when handling electoral matters.

The daily also reported that opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) it is seeking legal advice on how it can have Kuchingale face justice as the party  suspects that  he was on a mission to rig the by-election.

“When this incident happened, I was advised to write a formal complaint which I did and submitted [to] the constituency returning officer and the DC [district commissioner]. We felt MEC and law enforcers would handle this issue with high levels of professionalism because there is an element of crime being committed through impersonating a MEC official,” MCP director of elections Maxwell Thyolera is quoted as saying.

Thyolera said MCP is taking this matter further “ because we are tired of vote rigging in this country.”

He said: “ We will seek legal advice on how we can get justice in the event that MEC and law enforcers choose to disregard it.”

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Zoona Zake
Zoona Zake
5 years ago

I think police have better things to do than run after an inocent person because he was wearing a paper on his chest which did not harm anyone. MCP stop being petty fix your stupid party which is falling apart.

5 years ago
Reply to  Zoona Zake

“wearing a paper on his chest which did not harm anyone” – this kind of thinking is what bring wrong pple onto positions and thereafter kumangotibera misonkho….Fotseki

5 years ago
Reply to  Kayamawa

Moses kuchingale is so big headed, recycled, he will never change, he was like that Ali ku UDF, teach him a lesson. Wether a paper on the chest or what , what gives him the right to do that? There were officials doing their work. Wasn’t that enough? Arrest the shit hole

5 years ago

This country is in wrong hands and we must be worried. MEC and Police will use delay tactics until this issue die natural death. If Kuchingale was from opposition, he could have been arrested the same day and tried by MBC. I will never trust MEC and Malawi Police.

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