Commonwealth law organisations condemns DPP for attacking Malawi judiciary

Three international law organizations have launched a blistering assault on the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for its anti-Constitutional Court judges, telling the party to withdraw the bribery allegation from the graft busting body.

A supporter for Malawi’s ruling party carries a placard which denounces the verdict by the Constitutional Court which nullifed the May presidential elections- Photo by Lameck Masina/VOA

The institutions under Commonwealth have rebuked the DPP for what they call “unsubstantiated” allegations against the five judges who presided over the presidential election case.

The organizations, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Commonwealth Judges Association and Commonwealth Judges and Magistrates Association describe the DPP’s allegations as misleading to the public.

“Democracy will be gravely undermined if judgements of the courts are not respected and if there are uncorraborated and unfounded allegations against the Judiciary,” reads part of a statement by the three organizations.

“The courts are the guardians of justice, the cornerstone of a democratic system based on the rule of law. Democracy will be gravely undermined if judgements of the courts are not respected and if there are uncorroborated and unfounded accusations against the Judiciary.

“Any allegation of corruption must be investigated thoroughly by the correct authorities and accurate information must be reported to members of the public,” reads the statement.

But the DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi has refused to comment on the matter.

The Malawi Law Society also condemned the DPP for the anti-judges attitude.

The DPP claims the judges received bribes from a construction industry mogul Simbi Phiri to rule the Constitutional Court case in favour of Dr Saulos Chilima and Dr Lazarus Chakwera, allegations Phiri has strenuously denied.

A finance services business tycoon Thomson Mpinganjira, who has high level connections to the DPP was arrested a few weeks ago on charges of attempts to bribe the same five judges with K100 million.

Mpinganjira denies the charges.

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4 years ago

Agho ndi ma plan a DPP ndi achina BJ, ND, ndi anzawo kuti achose nkhani ya mpinganjila mumitu ya anthu. koma zawavuta basi

4 years ago

anatiizolowera amaona ngati ticita zongoti eya. akuyambitsa ndi pitala shit man.
stinky toothless bastard. he was busy shagging tiana ku south bend kaya akuti!!
mxiiii azipita.akucita manyazi kungouvula ufumu.

Malawi belong to the citizens

DPP believes in corruption and bribes, they think the only way to solve anything , they have to corrupt someone or bribe someone.When their bribes that they want to give to the constitution court judges failed, they think that someone bribes the judges to favour other parties,not them. When you have failed to develop the country you start blaming others. DPP had their chances,you did not use your chances to do more good things to Malawians instead they started dreaming about 2088 to start developing the country.Change is coming to Malawi.Who can support thieves? Peter stole R145 million in a… Read more »

Lum Cee
Lum Cee
4 years ago

DPP is digging its own pit, and for sure APM down fall will come from his own advisers and party. We are waiting for a very bright Malawi and her democracy.

4 years ago

That these demos against the rule of law were carried out with the full blessing of clueless Mutharika in-spite of clueless Mutharika wearing admirable titles on his fore-head 24/7 says a lot about clueless Mutharika’s deplorable understanding and respect for the rule of law!!!

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