The High Court in Lilongwe on Monday threw out a Stay Order former ruling People’s Party (PP) acting Secretary General, Paul Maulidi obtained against the party president, Joyce Banda’s decision to pull out of the by-elections.
The court’s ruling has been made hours before Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) conducts by-elections in two constituencies and five wards on Tuesday.
Banda last month ordered the party to pull out of the elections after losing confidence in the electoral body.
The Stay Order was granted as leave to commence judicial review proceedings on Banda’s decision after Maulidi dragged her to court.
In reaction to the news, PP publicity secretary, Ken Msonda said the High Court’s ruling demonstrates the party’s trust in the judicial system.
“We have trust in our judicial systems. We are happy that the Court has vacated the injunction. This is a clear indication that there was no sense for Mr. Maulidi to obtain the said injunction on an
in-house matter that could have been resolved amicably,” explained Msonda.
Asked how the party will handle the matter, Msonda said: ” I wouldn’t speculate on the way forward but surely the party leadership will look at how best we can resolve the matter.
“Suffice to say insubordination, luck of discipline and disrespectful of the leadership and those in authority not to mention suing your own seniors is a very serious offence.”
Maulidi could not answer his phone but the court ruling is unlikely to affect his participation in Blantyre North by-elections as Mec earlier said PP did not follow proper procedures in communicating of its decision to pull out of the by-elections.
The Commission accepted Maulidi and five other PP members among the list of the candidates to compete for Parliamentary and Local Government by-elections in five Wards and two constituencies.