Chiefs join calls for Malawi to hold fresh tripartite elections: President, MPs and Councillors

Some traditional leaders from Kasungu, Mangochi, Mzimba and Lilongwe have declared their support for concerned citizens who are calling for fresh tripartite in accordance with the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruling in the high profile presidential election case.

Senior Group Village Head Chowe (second from left) addresses the journalists as Inkosana Jere (in summer cap) looks on.-Photo by Watipatso Mzungu Nyasa Times
TV cameras rolling on chiefs at a news conference.-Photo by Watipatso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

The ConCourt annulled the presidential elections, citing widespread and glaring irregularities in last year’s polls as some of the grounds for calling for a fresh presidential poll.

But the chiefs, who were led by Inkosana Mtenje Ntchawaka Jere, told journalists in Lilongwe on Sunday argued that since members of Parliament (MPs) and councillors benefited from the same Tippex-ed and irregular election, it could be only fair that fresh tripartite be held to ensure Malawi has leaders whose election is not questioned.

“We are not happy that the court did not find it necessary to extend the ruling to the Parliamentary and Local Government Elections because they, too, were elected on the same day and using the same resources. We feel like it’s unfair to only punish the president while leaving MPs and councillors who won their seats on through the same election,” he said.

The presser came barely a few hours before the High Court in Lilongwe starts hearing a case in which 185 concerned citizens are pleading with court to nullify the Parliamentary and Local Government Elections in accordance with the ConCourt ruling of February 3, 202, which annulled the presidential poll.

Frank Kuyokwa is leading the Concerned Citizens.

Group Village Head (GVH) Chindamba warned that, should the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) proceed to hold the fresh presidential election only, he would mobilize his subjects to boycott the vote.

Spokesperson for the Concerned Citizens, Prince Chokhotho Malunga Mboma, said they are using the same ConCourt judgment in the presidential election as their ground for moving the High Court to nullify the Parliamentary and Local Government Elections.

Mboma said the grouping is optimistic that the court will agree with and call for fresh tripartite elections.

A few days ago, Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) also backed calls for the court to nullify the Parliamentary and Local Government Elections, saying that is the best way to reconcile the nation.

HRCC chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba therefore pleaded with President Peter Mutharika to consider firing Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioners and call for fresh tripartite elections within 150 days as stipulated by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).

Mkwezalamba said reconstituting MEC and calling for fresh tripartite elections is the solution to the prevailing political and constitutional crisis in Malawi.

He said it remains a mystery where over 35 electoral cases ended up with MEC successfully defending over 28 of its decisions.

“Whereas Malawi is a constitutional order and our learned judges found MEC incompetent, it follows even that all its pronouncements require being nullified on the basis of such incompetency. It remains common knowledge that the same incompetency they executed presidential polls applied to MPs and councilors,” he said.

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Bristone Mabichi
Bristone Mabichi
10 months ago

Among these, one is the village headman, who has been summoned by his King. Let us wait and see what happens later. It only shows how low a nation has gone, …

Bamusi
10 months ago

Stupid vimafumu, stupid stupid don’t waste your time mwadya ma Banzi? Stupid, your people are suffering, how can you say that? Stupid.

ignatius
10 months ago

The Hi Five judges are incompetent, political, trbalistic and maldramatic entities, they are not fit to be high court judges, as they are members of HRDC,MCP and UTM

ERUTU
ERUTU
10 months ago
Reply to  ignatius

Umbuli

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
10 months ago

Are chiefs relevant in this day in age?

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
10 months ago
Reply to  Ulemu Banda

naaaaa not at all..akuchukumitsa acinyamata mmam8zimu kwaapasa polemba maina ndi fone number za aanthu kuti akajudule ma ID. IDIOT FOOLS. ndalama yake 5 pin basi. it sulks.

asatinyasepo. dzina la
ufumu unatha kalekale.pano basi ufiti ozungulila mudzi ali malisece mmawa kukalandila cithumba comazagulila naco anthu.
TOTAL BASTARDS

ERUTU
ERUTU
10 months ago
Reply to  Ulemu Banda

Yes

Andy Mwale
Andy Mwale
10 months ago

Mafumu opusa inu! Courts cannot bend laws to accommodate your selfish motives. Mukawelenge Presidential and Parliamentary Act Section 97 (i). Anybody not satisfied with election outcome can petition the High Court within 7 days. No more no less! That window closed long back for those MPs and Councillors. Inutu akutumani aDPP. Its easy to rig tripartite elections like you did last year. One election yaPresident mwayiwona kuti tikuyalutsani mwati tibweleze chisankho chose cholinga mupeze mpata obela uPresident. Imeneyo tinayitulukila kale. Inu mukhale duuu.

Mrpeaceful
10 months ago
Reply to  Andy Mwale

Did the petitioners did that?

ERUTU
ERUTU
10 months ago
Reply to  Andy Mwale

Andy aphunzitse

Omex70
Omex70
10 months ago

Our chiefs showing their stupidity because of money.Mafumu akuno kuMalawi ndi ochititsa manyazi zedi.

HAMU
HAMU
10 months ago

Mafumu inu akupweteketsani Dausi

Nyenkhwe
10 months ago

In as much as the Chiefs have a point, the petition raised at the Constitutional court was anchored on presidential election.How could the Con court have ventured in parliamentary elections when the same was not brought to the court for adjudication? Malawi has a lot of clowns and no wonder the country is not moving forward.These chiefs are free to voice their concerns.At the same time, let them gather evidence for the parliamentary election and prove beyond reasonable doubt that the MPs and Local Council elections they had were also heavily tippexed.The problem is that they don’t have evidence. We… Read more »

Andy Mwale
Andy Mwale
10 months ago
Reply to  Nyenkhwe

They don’t have a point. Any nullification of an electoral result is through Section 97 (i) of the PPE Act. Nothing more nothing less. The window to appeal any election according to that clause is 7 days after promulgation of a result. Pano we are almost close to a year and their case does not hold water.

ERUTU
ERUTU
10 months ago
Reply to  Andy Mwale

Yes

Nyekhwe 2
Nyekhwe 2
10 months ago
Reply to  Nyenkhwe

How and why the Concourt adjudicate on the issue of majority (50+1) when it had not been brought before them by the petitioners?

Nyenkhwe
10 months ago
Reply to  Nyekhwe 2

Inetu za U CADET AYI!

kaka
kaka
10 months ago

yOU CAN JUST SEE HOW BRUTAL OUR CHIEFS. God forbid. eeee. Dpp cadets hired the chiefs who have never read the constitution, the elections Act, and PPE Act. What a bunch of charlatans!!!

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
10 months ago
Reply to  kaka

The chiefs were very clear. The ConCourt is Malawi’s greatest shame. They waste time addressing an issue no one petitioned about. They give themselves power to ask parliament to meet. They miss the constitutional provision that presidential elections must be conducted together with parliamentary elections. Too incompetent judges.

Andy Mwale
Andy Mwale
10 months ago
Reply to  Bob Finye

You don’t read the law in abstract. Don’t read what you like and leave out what you don’t like. Try going through the entire document page by page, section by section it will give you a very good understanding of what is possible and what is not possible under the act.

ERUTU
ERUTU
10 months ago
Reply to  Bob Finye

Phweeeeeeee 🦆

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
10 months ago
Reply to  kaka

azelezeka onsewa. mphika ankakhalila ngongoliwa sanasiye ma instructions ake.. agalu oyenda malisece isiku kutuluka kumazungulila mudzi.
munyatu. mafumu acabecabe inu.
osamangophuzitsa ufiti azidzukulu anu

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
10 months ago

The ConCourt made a lot of errors which even people who have not gone to school can see. If it is not the influence of money, then they should honorably resign. Otherwise, they should be impeached.

Andy Mwale
Andy Mwale
10 months ago
Reply to  Bob Finye

Go ahead and impeach them…

ERUTU
ERUTU
10 months ago
Reply to  Bob Finye

Impeach who?

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