Chihana, Mwenifumbo meet in court over Aford presidency

Split  Alliance for Democracy (Aford) leadership meets in the High Court in a case to search for the true leader  of the party following claims by two powerful politicians that they are leaders.

Chihana (left) and Frank Mwenefumbo: Face each other in court

High Court judge in Lilongwe Charles Mkandawire goes back to the court room on Wednesday to hear witnesses from Karonga central MP Frank Mwenifumbo who says he was elected leader of the party during the May 1 elective conference in the Capital City.

On Tuesday, at the start of the case, secretary general Christopher Ritchie, two regional governors for the centre and eastern regions Nicholas Kamoto and a Mr. Misomali and Mwenifumbo took to the witness box in the court to narrate how the May 1 convention elected Mwenifumbo as president of Aford.

The Mwenifumbo camp has gone to the court seeking the courts to legitimize which one of the two conventions; of Enoch Chihana camp and that of Mwenifumbo camp.

On Wednesday, the court will continue with the witnesses of the Aford regional governor for the south and the former regional governor for the north who has since defected to United Transformation Movement (UTM).

Taking his turn on Tuesday, Mwenifumbo contended that he fully complied with a court order which obliged the party to hold an elective conference on May 1 after several postponements by Chihana.

“But the convention, which was held at an agreed venue, was prematurely terminated by Honourable Chihana on grounds of insecurity which was perpetrated by his own personal bodyguard when he beat up our secretary general, Mr Richie,” said Mwenifumbo.

Chihana and his camp are expected to take up to the witness box on Wednesday but on Tuesday, Mwenifumbo told the judge how he rejoined the party after a stench with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) where he was a deputy minister of Agriculture  in the Bingu wa Mutharika led government before moving to Peoples Party where he was deputy secretary general.

Mwenifumbo was an aide to the founding father of Aford, the democracy icon Chakufwa Chihana in the early 1990s during the struggle against the Kamuzu Banda one party autocratic rule.

Mwenifumbo told Judge Mkandawire how he campaigned for the position of president after his return back to Aford and how he has been fighting to force hitherto his political rival, Enoch Chihana, hold an elective convention after the mandate of the national executive committee, including that of Chihana, expired in December, 2017.

He told the packed court that the same court ordered that the convention be held on April 28 and 29 but on the eve of April 28, Chihana cancelled the elective conference although delegates had already arrived in Lilongwe.

After another court ruling, the convention was set on May 1, Mwenifumbo said, adding that Chihana came around 2:30 pm when the convention was scheduled to start at 10 am.

“When he came, he just cancelled the convention yet he had no mandate to do so because his mandate had already expired in December 2017. Section 7, subsection 3 of our constitution is very clear on this,” he told the court.

He told the court that the Aford convention which he held on May 2 was therefore illegal because his mandate as Aford leader had expired and he had no mandate to call for a convention as Aford leader following the dissolution of Aford NEC.

Meanwhile, Aford publicist on Mwenifumbo camp, Dan Msowoya has been added to the list of witnesses and is expected to be cross examined on Wednesday.

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SKC
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SKC

DAD’S PROPERTY, JOIN MCP MWENEFUMBO PEOPLE WILL VOTE FOR YOU

mtete
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mtete

These two comedians amaze me. Would the country be safe if any of the two goons won the presidential race? With regard to Chihana, please don’t take Aford as a personal property. As for Mwenifumbo, please note that Man cannot live by Quota system alone but also by respecting other peoples’ views as well.

winston msowoya
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MIKE,YOU MUST BE A DERANGED AND CONFUSED FOOL.AFORD IS NOT RUN BY ALL TUMBUKAS,WHAT YOU ARE SAYING,IS AGAINST CHILIMA’S DOCTRINE.DO NOT CONFUSE MALAWIANS YOU MISGUIDED TRIBALIST.YOU ARE OUT OF WAY!!!!!

Mike
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KKKKKKK Zipani za Atumbuka kkkkk

Mike
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Winston Sowoya. I might sound misguided but the fact of the matter is that Afford leaders campaigns in the North. I never seen them in Mulanje, Chiladzulu or Mtchewu but only the North. What does that tell you. Even Chihana himself in those glorious days, he had all the executives from the North except Peter Kaleso and Dr Mtewa. And that’s how he lost a plot. What does that tell you. 1 + 1 =2 boss. So take the truth though it is painful

MUNYERA
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MUNYERA

Just join the winning mighty UTM, thats the best you can do.

If there is a minister who is daft in this stupid
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If there is a minister who is daft in this stupid

None of the two is fight for an honest cause for AFORD.Frank wants to sell the party to DPP And Enock wants to sellm it to MCP

Hodi
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Hodi

A Munyera komadi ndi inu a Munyera eti? mighty UTM ndi chiledzelere wanuyo lero?

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