Chokhotho to represent MEC: Chief Justice rejects admission of South Africa lawyers

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) suffered yet another blow on Monday after Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda dismisses the application for admission of the two South African Lawyers Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza and Elizabeth Makhanani Baloyi-Mere to represent the electoral body  in the presidential election case appeal at Malawi Supreme Court.

Chokhotho: To represent MEC

There were reports that the lawyers sneaked in the country on Sunday but  MEC’S  Director of Legal Services, David Matumika Banda, said  their foreign  lawyers  were not  in the country to be part of the application to allow them represent MEC in the appeal case.

They reportedly  presented themselves to the Malawian Embassy in South Africa where they wanted to participate in the case through video teleconferencing.

In his determination, Justice Nyirenda  ruled that it is against the law for lawyers to represent MEC when they are in another country.

This means , MEC’s lawyer hired from private practice,  Tamando Chokotho will represent the electoral body when the appeal case begins on Wednesday.

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah—who is also a judge in the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal— said the commission  hired the foreign lawyers  to defend the May 2019 presidential election results that the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) nullified on February 3 2020 after most local lawyers who were approached turned down.

  • Since it has emerged that the lawyers did not make it to Malawi, Nyasa Times retracts its earlier story from legitimate speculation based on credible source but we consider it as  inaccurate as of now .-Editor

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Mec
Mec
10 months ago

Please Mr Chokhotho humbly go to your bosses ,fellow Lawyers behind the scene and tell them that for the sake of intergrity you cannot continue.

And Amumpesa kapena titi SDA in Malawi help the brother. Pray for him. Its not about money but morals. Zinthuzi zikuvuta and that should be a message. Spiritual advisers please help this Man. The Chokhotho Family, Abusa brother K Chokhotho mulankhuleni Tama. Fear not Tama , humble yourself and you ll always be at peace.

Leave Ansah, Alfandika and APM asovane okha.

john phiri
john phiri
10 months ago

Chokotho is a capable lawyer .

Flamingo
Flamingo
10 months ago

Someone tell me how Clive stanbrook came to represent JZU and MCP in its mwanza murder cases

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
10 months ago
Reply to  Flamingo

Dausi can tell us more how they got STANBROOK in

Flamingo
Flamingo
10 months ago
Reply to  Nasingwe

🤣🤣🤣🤣

Kandulu
Kandulu
10 months ago
Reply to  Flamingo

Well the answer is in your question, they came in i.e. they did not use phone in another country but they were present in the court and they were not paid Half of the money upfront. Even me if I am in RSA and you pay me half before the job is done, why risk my life. I will take the half and damp you. I have nothing to lose. Try to pay me half for any work, forget me doing it.

Flamingo
Flamingo
10 months ago
Reply to  Kandulu

Admission to to the bar by just sitting in court. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Pagonachi
Pagonachi
10 months ago

It has shown that the so called educated savages of the Llomwe belt will never accept a good and sound judgement from the learned Tumbukas. You tried implementing quota for selecting students into universities why didnt you do law so that you can become judges? Your myopic thinking is really like a headless chicken which cannot see the direction it is going to.

Wake up and smell the coffee! Tumbukas are there to give you real pain this time around.

Jaz
Jaz
10 months ago
Reply to  Pagonachi

A Pagonachi musayambenso zosankhana mitundu!

Nkhoma symon
Nkhoma symon
10 months ago

This is simple… a lawyer to practice in Malawi needs to be admited to practice… for a job to be given to a foreign person non resident the job needs to have been advertised to malawians and proof that no malawian is capable of provide that skill needs to be submitted…for forex to be splashed outside the country there has to be to be benefit of national interest. Save the money buy medical equip or employ the many medical student who graduated but never got employed. No country on earth would allow a foreign lawyer to represent a client in… Read more »

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
10 months ago
Reply to  Nkhoma symon

just like we trust more of Mzungu and any other foreignet odeas to be more intelligent than our own home grown

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
10 months ago

piece of shit he is

ignatius
10 months ago

kodi a Tumbuka wa amadziona ngati ndani? They want all of us to worship them

Dr. Mvuma
Dr. Mvuma
10 months ago
Reply to  ignatius

Iwe Ignatius, you are an illiterate Idiot and a dunderhead. At this time and hour of the year you still have tribalistic tendencies. I am a Chewa from the Home of Chewas in Kasungu but you are really rotten stinking in your way of thinking and your attitude towards Tumbukas. We are all Malawians. It is people of your likes that have damaged Malawi. Kamuzu was right when he said God save us from Njara, Nthenda Nsanje. Be liberated from this demonic Monster of Tribalism. Look at the current leadership in government, it is almost all from Thyolo and Mulanje… Read more »

olivier
olivier
10 months ago
Reply to  ignatius

i wish i never read this nonsense from ignatius. i am a yao but this issue of connecting politics with tribe is total out of order. the judge is just applying what the law is saying nothing else. from 2019 onwards a dpp muona nyekhwe sizinaoneke. muona kuti mutani. Zoona a mec kupereka half the price kwa ma lawyer a ku South then nkumakapempha ku boma penapake mukumationjezatu

Silica gell
10 months ago

A)Points to note, concourt was never moved on:
1) 50+1
2) veep taking office
3) whether AG to represent mec
4) fixing date for elections
B)Concourt should have done better on the fact that PPE run concurrently by law.
C)Mandate to call for parliament is prologative of HE in consultation with speaker; this is obviously driven by availability of business through cabinet and not court.
I will therefore not be surprised if tables overturn in supreme court based on these areas and more.

bongo man
bongo man
10 months ago
Reply to  Silica gell

please take time to read the judgement line by line and other relevant laws to appreciate the basis for the judgement……….luck enough the supreme court will revert with their judgement soon………….. to some extent they could have stayed the judgement but they never did.

Kandulu
Kandulu
10 months ago

Cowards die many times before their death.

Chinthuli
Chinthuli
10 months ago

Fellow Malawians when Tumbuka Judge justice Kenyatta Nyirenda in 2014 ruled in fovour of DPP. DPP party went into joy and celebration that this Tumbuka judge was brave and courageous. Today when chief justice Nyirenda has ruled against APM and MEC; tikuti atumbuka ndioipa; ozikonda ndiponso odana ndi chilungamo. Kodi atumbuka anakulakwilani chani? Ngati makolo anu anakuuzani kuti azigogo achitumbuka anakongola zinthu za agogo anu a chichewa; ayao kapena inu alomwe nenani kuti ife mibadyo yatsopano ya chitumbuka tikubwenzereni. We are tired of you koma taona kuti ndinu agalu nokha nokha thus y you hate chilungamo. Amene akupikusana pa mpando… Read more »

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
10 months ago
Reply to  Chinthuli

Very neutral for that matter. Akufuna kugamula mwachilungamo nkangano wa achewa, angoni ndi alhomwe.

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