Court refuses to lift injunction against govt on Clerk of Parliament

The High Court in Mzuzu has refused to lift an injunction that four MPs got preventing Clerk of Parliament Fiona Kalemba from taking oath of office since her appointment last month.

Justice Madise:  Matter will be heard on December 15
Justice Madise: Matter will be heard on December 15

Judge Dingiswayo Madise who granted the MPs; Harry Mkandawire (Mzimba West, People’s Party-PP), Kamlepo Kalua (Rumphi East PP), Peter Chakwantha (Lilongwe South West, Malawi Congress Party-MCP) and Enoch Chihana (Rumphi Central, Alliance for Democracy-Aford) an injunction on November 19   ruled on Friday that it was necessary the injunction remains in place until the full hearing.

He said the court was being asked to recognise that Kalemba came third during the interviews for the position which were conducted by the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) in October.

High Court judge Charles Mkandawire is understood to have came first and followed by Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) executive secretary Grace Malera.

President Peter Mutharika picked Kalemba for the job and justified and his decision citing her legislative drafting experience.

The four MPs rushed to court   to stop the swearing ceremony that was to be conducted by Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda on November 20.

But government made an application to vacate the injunction, arguing the MPs did not have locus standi in the matter (are not an interested party in the case) and could not get an injunction to stop Kalemba from taking oath.

But in an inter-party hearing Friday morning, lawyer for the MPs, Wesley Mwafulirwa , also made an application to sustain the injunction until the court reviews the main matter.

Judge Madise rebuffed ruled that indeed the MPs were an interested party and refused government application to vacate the injunction .

He set December 15 when the court will hear the case and judgement will be made on December 18.

Ministry of Justice spokesperson Apoche Itimu said the State will “comply” rwith the court’s ruling and will be present for the main matter on December 15.


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vin mongu
vin mongu
6 years ago

how i wished that number one was a chewa or a sena but because it is a northerner then it all goes up in flames. whatever the result it will be a tested result by democracy. we really need to cap presidential powers in this country. then let us federate this country people and you always refuse. if we federate then you will leave the tumbuka run their own affairs.

6 years ago

well done Judge

6 years ago

Atenge woyambayo bas

Sothini MbwenuMbwenu
6 years ago

Yehova walembatu kuti Mayiyu akhala Kilaki of Malawi Parliament.
A Tumbuka imwe Mwapulika.

Wiseman nyirongo
Wiseman nyirongo
6 years ago

Zakula ndi ndale abale anga kumpoto akungochita china chili chonse kufuna kusokoneza mboma koma sitipindula malamulo ali clear.president apasidwe maina atatu asnkhe modzi ndipo ndi zimene wachita palibe walakwisa ngati mufuna mukonze malamulo .

6 years ago

Too much powers vested in the Presidency. Some of these appointments should be taken away from the office, otherwise this nation will remain the poorest for life.

Alex Likoswe
6 years ago

I hear you brother

6 years ago

Bola mukanakhala no 3

Mphukila pa ndale
6 years ago

The recruitment principle is that you go the second and third in position ONLY if the first scorer turned down the offer on the basis of package or other conditions within the contract. But in this case, I have not heard here or in any paper saying that Judge Charles Mkanadawire turned down the offer or Grace Malera as the second turned down the offer after Judge Mkandawire. This is total chaos. Government should be the last to by-pass this recruitment principle. How can you talk of Public Reform and yet you are still doing the WRONG approach. Simple Logic;… Read more »

G mwana
6 years ago


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