HRDC tells Malawi leader to condemn DPP attack on judiciary

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has told President Peter Mutharika to come out and condemn his  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) followers who on Monday attacked the Constitutional Court judges who were hearing the election case calling them corrupt.

DPP placards during the march

Thousands of the DPP on Monday took to the streets in Blantyre to protest against the Constitutional Court ruling which annulled the May 21, 2019 presidential election and ordered the fresh election in July.

DPP executive member Henry Mussa, a former Cabinet minister, later issued a petition to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to investigate the five judges on allegations that they received bribes from Dr Saulos Chilima and Dr Lazarus Chakwera, the petitioners in the case to have the ruling in their favour.

But Mtambo described the protest march and the petition as an attack on the independence of the judiciary.

“The threatening of the judges is unwarranted and uncalled for. This can have a negative effect on the independence of the judiciary,” said Mtambo.

But the DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi, who was part of the demonstrations,  refused to comment on the matter.

However, on Monday Dausi said the Constitutional Court ruling was against the wishes of the people who voted during the presidential election last year.

Mtambo also asked Mutharika to fire the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners after the  court ruling said the election was marred with irregularities and anomalies which had been widespread, systematic and grave that the election result was seriously compromised.

But Mutharika ,  a law professor who spent most of his time abroad, already branded the Constitutional Court’s decision as “a threat to democracy and an attempt to usurp the will of the people”. In his special address aired on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, he said he considered the judgement a “serious subversion of justice, an attack on the country’s democratic system and an attempt to undermine the will of people”.

During the march, the DPP supporters carried well-prepared placards whose messages hailed MEC chairperson Jane Ansah while attacking the judges and others such as MEC commissioner Mary Nkosi, who told a parliamentary inquiry last week that she had misgivings about some decisions the electoral body made.

Some of the placards read ‘MEC commissioner Nkosi a traitor’, ‘MEC chair commissioner Dr Jane Ansah very educated judge’ and ‘This is a fraudulent court ruling.’

Other, senior DPP officials who took part in the march included presidential adviser on political affairs Francis Mphepo and Roads Authority board chairperson Brown Mpinganjira, DPP regional governor (South) Charles Mchacha, DPP secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey, DPP legislators Sameers Suleman and Chimwemwe Chipungu.

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Kharupa
Kharupa
9 months ago

Threatening ma judge how? A Mtambo mwaiwala police officer munapha kwa Nsundwe uja? Kodi ma ufulu was mumachita kuyang’ana mbali kuti who is supposed to enjoy them?

Chimulirenji
Chimulirenji
9 months ago

You are giving MR Maliseche too much credit, he is possibly clueless, totally oblivious of what is going on , he has no idea that the world around him is crumbling🤣🤣🤣

Nyekhwed
Nyekhwed
9 months ago

APM is like a wounded dog right now asking him to do that is like asking a blind man to lead the way!

Kandulu
Kandulu
9 months ago

Since they have started attacking the Judiciary, are they going to attack the army too? It appears to me that is their next target? In short DPP is finished.

Malawi belong to the citizens

It is the DPP party that wants to destroy our democracy.

Wamtalika
Wamtalika
9 months ago

Looks like hrdc become envious of other people’s demos. Peaceful demos for that matter

Jah Soldjah
Jah Soldjah
9 months ago
Reply to  Wamtalika

Very right the demos were peaceful because you cadets can not fight each other. HRDC and malawians did not come to cause violence at ur demo, unlike when we have our demos you guys come and start stealing and looting and fighting and all the shit you are known for.

Nil
Nil
9 months ago

Kumuwuza Muntharika to condem cadet’s attack on judiciary nde ndi worst of time. Muntharika anadzudzula kale concourt, dzulo ma cadet ake adzudzula ma judge kutanthauza kut ma cadet wo anachita kutumidwa ndi Muntharikayo nde kumuwuza Muntharika yemweyo to condem the very same cadets he sent to demonstrate ndi worst of time

chataika
chataika
9 months ago

Ndi ufulu wolankhula bwanji inu mwakhala mukunyoza Jane Ansah and others who condemned you and went further kuthyola katundu ndikuba za weni ake. You say umenewu ndi ufulu wolankhula let them do ndi ufulu wawonso. Inu dzana munanyoza ma judge womwewa who condemned you? Bwanji wosakhala ndi manyazi?

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