Competent Kachale: New Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson earns Mutharika praise

President Peter Mutharika has grabbed unusual applause from his critics following the appointment of  High Court judge Chifundo Kachale as chairperson of the new seven-member Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

Judge Dr Chifundo Kachale new MEC chairperson: Man of integrity, principles and competent

The opposition political parties, lawyers and electoral advocates unified to commend Mutharika for appointing  highly respectable judge Kachale replacing Justice Jane Ansah, who resigned.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Reverend Maurice Munthali  said the party has “very high regards” for judge Kachale.

MCP presented three names  to the appointing authority, two  who have been  hired  are corporate governance expert Dr Anthony Mukumbwa and  Olivia Liwewe a former member of parliament for Nkhotakota South.

One name, Richard Chapweteka who was a witness in the elections case, was  not picked.

In a statement announcing the appointments, Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara said the President has appointed the new commissioners “in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 75 of the Constitution as read with Section 4 of the Electoral Commission [Amendment] Act of 2018”.

UTM Party and People’s Party (PP)  have also applauded the President for the appointment of Kachale as new chairperson.

The parties, however, urged the new commissioners and its chairperson to immediately get down to work and work on holding fresh presidential election.

IT specialist Dr Mathews Mtumbuka, who is the chief executive officer of Ubuntu Network, said he can vouch for judge Kachale to manage Malawi elections, saying many that know him have trust that he will be “objective and do an honourable job.”

A renowned private practice lawyer has also  dubbed Kachale as a no-nonsense judge the Judiciary has.

Writing on his Facebook wall, Wapona Kita observed that  Kachale is a very principled judge.

“If your case is bad before him, it’s bad. If it’s good, it’s good. He is an epitome of what a judge ought to be. And an intelligent too.

“If you are appearing before him, just have your facts and the law right,” he said.

Kita stated that he has no reason to doubt his competency as MEC chair.

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson Nicholous Dausi commended the opposition parties and commentators  for “finally appreciating our President’s objectivity in appointments.”

Kachale was appointed to the High Court bench in June 2011 having served as the chief resident magistrate for Lilongwe. After graduating from University of Malawi, Kachale worked at Daily Times newspaper as a journalist before going back to further his studies and join the legal profession.

He was born on January 4, 1975 and is married to Mary, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and together they have three children.

He holds a PhD in Law obtained in May, 2013 from SOAS University of London focusing on Constitutionalism and Judicial Theory.

He graduated from Chancellor College with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and later obtained an LLM (Law and Development (Merit) from Queen Mary University of London in November, 2005.

Meanwhile,MEC public relations manager Sangwani Mwafulirwa has since assured of a credible election, saying the commission  is putting in place measures to deter recurrence of the challenges faced with previous elections.

Malawi is heading for the fresh presidential election after both the Constitutional Court on February 3 and Supreme Court of Appeal on May 8 2020 found that the May 21 2019 elections had serious irregularities.

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CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
8 months ago

Ine ndilicheteee
Kudikila
Kumvetsela
Kuonelera
Wachilungamo wachilungamo
Simbi!USAZEMBE

Chiga
Chiga
8 months ago

Imagine a cup final game of the magnitude of games played between Before Wanderers and Nyasa Bullets or between Liverpool and Manchester United, the worst scenario that very rarely happens (but does happen),is when a ‘biased referee’ decides, (for reasons known only to himself) to award a dubious penalty kick to the team he/she wishes either to win or at least draw the game in the very final minutes of the game! It is a cardinal sin, and as we have seen, can be very costly. I pray and hope Jane Ansah will be the last ever such biased ‘referee’… Read more »

KINANASI 1
8 months ago
Reply to  Chiga

I like that bro.Its my prayer too that the new MEC chair lives to our expectation by handling the election without partiality

Bauleni
8 months ago

Even if Mec Chairperson was Chakwera’s son, MCP always disputes elections results when they lose. Its their MO..Hangover from the Kamuzu glory days, they don’t understand how despite being a founding party , the Country at large doesn’t want them. They are quick to forget and Dismis their Nkhanza and and brutality they unleashed on Malawians for 30 years. That plus refusing Democracy are their biggest sins.

KINANASI 1
8 months ago
Reply to  Bauleni

Talking about nkhanza za old MCP,you will realise that 70 percent of that MCP is now in DPP, and UDF,so no party is clean in those lines.Kambani ina bro

Omex70
Omex70
8 months ago
Reply to  Bauleni

Umafuna MCP izivomereza zopusa, zoberedwa mavoti ndi chipani chanu bwana?

Malawi belong to the citizens

Comment reserved for kachale until election results, coz I don’t believe whatever Munthalika saiy.

Medson
Medson
8 months ago

Zomasankhana mitundu ndizimene tikukana galu iwe,,,,,,,we’re all Malawians

Chimwemwe
Chimwemwe
8 months ago

My take is that once Kachale accepts this offer he will become an endangered species like most of the judges who have taken up this post before him. The likes of Hanjanja, Mbendera, Ansa and others. I feel sorry for him. He will be ridiculed by people who don’t have the moral authority to do so.

Zio ine
Zio ine
8 months ago

If he declare a pm winner these same dudes will start demonizing him.

Mtembo sugeya
Mtembo sugeya
8 months ago

Ndilibe Nazo ntchito izi ine bola ulimi wanga ukuyenda kumpingo kwanthu politics kulibe

Zeze
Zeze
8 months ago

The whole judiciary, only Jane ansah and chifundo kachale have doctorates in law.

Mapwisi
8 months ago

Chifukwa ndimtumbuka mzanu ndiye mwayamba kunena kuti ali competent? Shatapu!

herb
herb
8 months ago
Reply to  Mapwisi

He is not from the north. His name is deceiving kkk

HR Expert
HR Expert
8 months ago
Reply to  Mapwisi

Opposition had high regards for Dr Jane Ansah SC in 2019. It all changed on 22nd May 2019 when they realised they have lost the election. So lets wait until we get there.

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