HRDC says Chief Justice has saved Malawi from health risk of South African lawyers

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has welcomed the decision by Chief Justice Andrews Nyirenda to dismiss an application to admit to the Malawi bar of two South African lawyers that the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) engaged for the presidential elections appeal case , saying their presence could have been violating Malawians’ right to health in the wake of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Trapence: We would risen against the health risks of South African lawyers

There were reports that MEC sneaked in the South African lawyers Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza and Elizabeth Makhanani Baloyi-Mere amid travel restrictions.

MEC’S  Director of Legal Services, David Matumika Banda, said  their foreign  lawyers  were not  in the country to be part of the application to allow them represent MEC in the appeal case.

HRDC acting chairperson Gift Trapence said South African lawyers needed not to be accorded with special treatment by exempting them 14-day quarantine.

“Government should not abuse power to threaten the right to health of Malawians because of their case.  The issue of being quarantined should not be selective.  You can’t prioritize your case over the lives of Malawians,” said Trapence.

He observed that the decision by MEC to bring in South African lawyers at the time Malawi is grappling with rising cases of Covid-19 shows how greedy and selfish authorities at the Commission are.

“This only shows how selfish MEC is over the right to health and life of Malawians. As Malawians, we should not tolerate that inhuman behaviour. Some people are just so heartless.  They don’t care about Malawians,” Trapence stressed.

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah—who is also a judge in the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal— said the commission  hired the foreign lawyers  to defend the May 2019 presidential election results that the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) nullified on February 3 2020 after most local lawyers who were approached turned down.

Meanwhile, MEC’s lawyer hired from private practice,  Tamando Chokotho will represent the electoral body when the appeal case begins on Wednesday.

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bandafred9@gmail.com
10 months ago

TIME RUNNING OUT ON THESE STUPID KOKOLOCHEZ.THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE NO HUMAN SPIRIT.WE WILL MEET SOON IN THE SAME COURTS TIZAONA.

Yaya Mfiti
10 months ago

kkkkkkk koma ndani amene sakudziwa kuti south africa ili pa lockdown the best way was go for teleconference which what happened koma agalu awa akakhala kuti ali ndi zolinga zawo amayesetsa kuti zolingazo zitheke koma sakudziwa kuti Mulungu ali mbali ya mec dikirani mudzaone zomwe ziti zidzachitike pa tsikulo .

Mlaliki
Mlaliki
10 months ago

When the same justice allowed the Chinese into Malawi you were quiet because you are not about human right but rather politicians.

Mec
Mec
10 months ago

Dr Jane Ansah and MEC Officials. Open your eyes and ears. Ask ourselves, but why are we forcing this door.

Leave it. The message is loud and clear. Just humble yourselves.

Na bi soo
Na bi soo
10 months ago

Very good hrdc 👌🏿

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
10 months ago

14 days quarantine on our taxes for a bullshit job. if it happens they need ventilators so will be used on them than our own malawians. have they forgotten how how they zenophed the malawians in SA????? and if for worse , they wont be allowed back into their countries, and that will be a double jeopardy to us. coz of pitala and jenis greediness.
we are busy with the pandemic

Rachel Banda
Rachel Banda
10 months ago

The issue here is not about health-risk, it is because they were not in this country. Moreover I don’t believe they could have posed any risk if they were allowed in the country.

Nyapaphi 3
10 months ago

Bwana Chokotho game wakula. Koma ulimba?

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