The High Court in Lilongwe on Monday granted the United Democratic Front, (UDF) party an injunction retraining it’s expelled member Iqbar Omar and two others from conducting meetings, using party colours or its symbols.
The party had gone to court seeking an interim relief after Omar and his team were reportedly conducting party meetings in defiant of the party decision. Omar who operates from an office in Area 24 in the capital Lilongwe has on several occasions said openly challenged that he would not leave the party and his position of first vice president although the party fired him.
However Justice Lloyd Muhara observed in his ruling that the UDF has stated out its case and met all requirements for granting an injunction.
He also agreed with counsel for the UDF that the balance of convenience on the matter favours the UDF and that the conduct of Omar and others has the potential to cause public disorder which may affect innocent members of the general public.
The party constitution gives mandate to the National Executive Committee to either suspend or expell a member from the party upon receiving a report from the Disciplinary Comittee.
The beleguered Lilongwe based business man was fired on account of creating parallel structured which were heaquatered in his own Area 24 office.
Since his expulsion Omar has been holding press conferences to dispute the allegations levelled against him.
He claims that he did nothing wrong but that some members are only jealousy of him because ” he is rich”.
But inside sources confided with Nyasa Times that Omar has been bitter because the party president Atupele Muluzi did not choose him as running mate during the 2014 tripartite elections that saw the party picking an agriculturalist, Dr . Godfrey Chapola.
Sources say hIs attempt to mobilise party members to revolt during the campaign did not materialise.