Court restrains PP Councillorship poll results in Mzuzu

The High Court in Mzuzu has restrained the ruling Peoples Party from recognizing the victor of Mchengautuwa West Ward because one of the losing aspirant alleges that the victor Dennis Moyo unlawfully triumphed.

Under Miscellaneous civil application number 5 of 2014 between Goodwin John Mvula as applicant and Moyo as first respondent and PP secretary general Paul Maulidi as second respondent, newly appointed Judge Dr Redson Kapindu also restrained Moyo from standing or holding out as PP candidate.

The Judge said upon hearing Counsel George Jivason Kadzitatike and reading the affidavit in support of the application, he ordered “Moyo or his servants, agents or whosoever are restrained from portraying him, campaigning for him as PP candidate until the hearing and determination of the main matter or until a further order of the court”

Mzuzu based Lawyer George Kadzipatike of Jivason and Company: There is a court order
Mzuzu based Lawyer George Kadzipatike of Jivason and Company: There is a court order

Justice Kapindu warned Maulidi, Moyo and PP that any person who disobeyed the order shall be held liable for contempt of court and may be committed to prison or may have their assets seized.

In his affidavit in support for the application, Mvula through Mzuzu based prominent lawyer Kadzipatike said there were many irregularities at Sonda Polling Centre.

For instance, Sonda got 1000 ballot papers yet 239 could not be accounted for, Mvula said.

“Non party members including kids were allowed to vote contrary to the rules of the conduct of primary elections,” he said.

He said there was also no any form of identification and that the list of party members was not there making the elections at the centre ‘free for all’.

Mvula said in another statement to the media that he believed he is the genuine winner and does not accept the results from Sonda Polling centre.

“I spent a lot of money campaigning to stand on PP ticket because of the love PP and where I feel justice was not done, I have a right to voice out,” he said.

Mvula said he was forced to seek the Court’s intervention because the Party’s Secretariat had given him a cold shoulder.

“I wrote a letter… hoping that the Party will assist me but to no avail. I wanted to resolve the matter amicably but I failed,” he said.

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