DPP loses ‘Blue Night’ appeal case against CSOs

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal has  dismissed the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  and four parastatal institutions  appeal bid  for the court to stay a High Court judgement in the infamous Blue Night  case against some civil society organisations (CSOs).

Blue Night event

The appeal followed a ruling by Zomba-based High Court judge Zione Ntaba  whereCSOs demanded a refund of donations from the party.

During a fundraising dinner and dance branded Blue Night at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on July 29 2017 where President Peter Mutharika was the guest of honour- DPP allegedly received about K13.5 million from public institutions- a gesture the CSOs argued amounted to misuse and abuse of public resources.

The parastatals include Lilongwe Water Board (LWB), Lilongwe City Council (LCC), Blantyre Water Board (BWB) and signed a consent withdrawing its K3.5 million pledge to the party by Mzuzu City Council (MCC).

Justice Dunstain Mwaungulu sitting as a single judge  of the appeal in Blantyre  dismissed DPP for their prayer to set aside Judge Ntaba’s ruling as well for a leave to appeal the case in the Supreme Court.

Ntaba  had dismissed DPP’s plea to discharge the case and that the CSOs had sufficient interest in the matter and were within their right to take the case to court.

The CSOs represented by Wesley Mwafulirwa are Centre for the Development of People (Cedep), Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Youth and Society (YAS), Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) and Livingstonia Synod’s Church and Society Programme.

They sought a declaration of the court that the donations to DPP contravene the doctrine of public trust, the Constitution and the Public Finance Management ACT.

Under Section 178 of the Constitution and Section 23 of the Public Finance Management Act, no single tambala of public funds is supposed to be expended unless such expenditure is authorised by an Appropriation Act or is a statutory expenditure.

Commentators said time has come to demand greater accountability, saying “every public money should be spent for the intended purpose.”

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Tenzi Mzungu
Tenzi Mzungu
2 years ago

Who revealed the deal? The problem of trusting tumbukas with big posts in govt departments. They are the ones stealing in district councils. They are living good lives. They are full of corruption yet they are busy supporting UTM forgetting that they are the ones doing corruption and spoiling APM name. Awa sianthu awa.

Mbwengu
Mbwengu
2 years ago
Reply to  Tenzi Mzungu

Galu iwe, nyani wkuba ndiwe fisi opanda nzeru

jonas
jonas
2 years ago

WINAYO WAGONA

Adzonzi
Adzonzi
2 years ago

They should pay back and if they fail to do should be declared bankrupt

Ziboda
Ziboda
2 years ago

Anthuwa sangakane kuti ndiafiti, taoneni masowo?

dan
dan
2 years ago
Reply to  Ziboda

Ziboda kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk wandiseketsa bwanji kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk ndinali mu worshop koma ndatulukamo anthu ango dabwa kuti phweteli bwanjiiiii kkkkkkk

Newshire
Newshire
2 years ago
Reply to  dan

@ Dan
Buddy ngati wekha Inenso ndaseka mpakana mmimba kupweteka. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Chemjambe
Chemjambe
2 years ago
Reply to  Ziboda

hahahahaha! koma aise ndaseka eish kkkkkkkk

Zamba
Zamba
2 years ago

Apumbwa ali pholipholi kkkk

Aka
Aka
2 years ago

Kikikiki this team of people hmmmmmmm! Kaya

muonosile
muonosile
2 years ago
Reply to  Aka

Achoke, amangidwenso.

Ngolongoliwa
Ngolongoliwa
2 years ago

Uladi chipumi choyera koma pena Pali biii

Wachiona Ndani
Wachiona Ndani
2 years ago
Reply to  Ngolongoliwa

…Chifukwa chakuti Uladi tu ndi mkaladi wochokera ku M’Chewa ndi M’Yao. …

Grace Mwenda
Grace Mwenda
2 years ago

Nanga poti pano they have given directive that over 60 parastatals have to give them MWK15 Million each to fund for their campaign. Follow the pages

Truth Pains
2 years ago

They must pay no more no less. Tatopa ndimbavadzi za DPP

chimanga
2 years ago

DPP doing what it knows best, kuba basi

POOR MAN FEEL IT
POOR MAN FEEL IT
2 years ago
Reply to  chimanga

AWAJAMBULA MA BIG AKUDYELERA KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

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