ConCourt judges in secluded hideaway to prepare landmark Malawi election case ruling

Five High Court judges who were sitting on the landmark election case  as the Constitutional Court are now incommunicado as they have gone into hiding to prepare for the ruling.

A panel of five judges comprising Ivy Kamanga, Dingiswayo Madise, Mike Tembo, Redson Kapindu and Healey Potani as chairperson will not be persuaded to make a decision by public opinion

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general Reyneck Matemba said Tuesday at a news conference in Lilongwe that the bureau speeded up the meeting with one of the judges on December 28 2019 because they were preparing to go into hibernation for the judgement.

“They are at a very secretive place. They are incommunicado because they do not want such things as the bribes,” said Matemba.

He did not say whether the judges are writing the judgement in the country or not.

This comes at a time when the judges say they rebuffed a bribe from what Matemba described as a senior public officer and a person who works for the private sector.

Matemba however refused to disclose how much the bribe was.

However he said the issue came to surface when one of the judges called two of the judges to find out if they had received the bribe which he had sent.

In the case,  UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima. is the first petitioner while Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera is the second petitioner. President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), by virtue of being the declared winner, is the first respondent with Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as the second respondent.

Matemba said the attempted bribery will not have an impact on the case as the five judges—Healey Potani, Ivy Kamanga, Redson Kapindu, Dingiswayo Madise and Mike Tembo— as they will make determinations based on the facts of the law and evidence tendered.

Danwood Chirwa, a law professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, said the Judiciary should be left to deliberate on the elections case freely and without distractions, saying he was certain that both the High Court of Malawi and Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal will decide the case based only on the facts and the law.

The judges completed hearing the landmark case on December 20 2019. They indicated they would deliver their judgement within a maximum of 45 days from the last hearing date.

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David Wa Betha
David Wa Betha
8 months ago

Something is not adding here and we need to suspect this Matemba guy is too imposing. Here are my questions. What should it be him telling us that the judges are at a secluded place which he seem to know? Why did he say during the press briefing? “you will be surprised that that the corrupters have won the case” eeish!

Timo Clouds
Timo Clouds
8 months ago
Reply to  David Wa Betha

You should have listened to the presser, you would get your answers.

Terni
Terni
8 months ago

There are in Nkhata Bay with under guard..Fotseki Enawo akukokanso konko kkll

Malawian
Malawian
8 months ago

Koma ndalama ndi satanadi eti ndakhulupila yudasi sikalioti dziko lapita ndichisaka cha cash

True
True
8 months ago

Alandila kale awa, angofuna utipanga blind, kuti judgement ikabwela azikati anakana bribe, so that you can’t point them fingers. This is too bad, millions has gone for nothing n time wasted, listening for these nonsense. Mukadyera kumanda makobidi amenewo

Muonosile
Muonosile
8 months ago
Reply to  True

I hundred percent agree with you, these judges are crooks Malawi do not listen to this fake bribery allegation.

Janeeee
Janeeee
8 months ago
Reply to  True

This is true broda izi ine ndaziganizapo kale this are the crooks

LGBT PROPER GANDA
LGBT PROPER GANDA
8 months ago

Zenizeni zoyenela kulandila iwowa sitikanazidziwa komanso stingazidziwe mwinanso analandilakale

Toka
Toka
8 months ago

The story says one of the judges called two of the judges to find out if they had received the bribe he had sent to them.
Am confused here. Who called two of the judges?
Is it one of the judges or one of the suspects who called to find out?
Mr author please tell us

GRM
GRM
8 months ago

Dziko lino Mulungu amalikonda.

FWENDENGE
8 months ago

You are wasting tax payers money, true judgement day is around the corner from the most High.

Nyaphapi One
8 months ago

If they do not ‘need’ the money, they can donate. But. I doubt.

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