Judge fails to hear CSOs, DPP ‘Blue Night’ appeal case

Judge Dunstan Mwaungulu sitting at the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal on Monday failed to start hearing the civil society against the ruling party case in which the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is accused of soliciting money from parastatals to fund party functions.

Justice Mwaungulu: Case coming before him at Supreme Court

DPP is accused of soliciting K15 million from Blantyre City Council and another K15 million from Lilongwe Water Board, among other parastatals for a blue night, a party fund raising event.

High Court and Supreme Court registrar Agnes Patemba said the judge failed to hear the case because they were away in Lilongwe to hear other cases.

Lawyer for the civil society organisations (CSOs) Wesley Mwafulirwa said another date would be set for the hearing of the appeals case.

Mwafulirwa said the CSOs will press the DPP to return the money to public coffers through the legal process.

Judge Zione Ntaba of High Court   registry in Zomba ruled that the CSOs had sufficient interest in the case and ordered that the case be continued.

However, the DPP appealed against the ruling, faulting Ntaba, arguing that she erred in law by failing to properly apply the test for locus standi  [sufficient interest] as established by the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal in a previous case.

The DPP is accused of plunder of public resources and rule with arrogance and impunity by the CSOs.

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Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

Why is DPP wasting people’s time with its baseless arguments? Are its lawyers clueless? Just advise your client DPP, that it is fighting a losing battle. Any Malawian has sufficient interest in state run enterprises that is why they are subjected to Public Finance Management Act, Public Procurement Act and the Public Audit Act. They have to be accountable to the people and the public has every right to question any dubious dealing. They run on public resources and through government they have to report to the public how they have used these resources.

Nyambi
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Nyambi

Atitu he was in Lilongwe on other judicial issues,nanga judge walakwapo APA?DPP ibweza ndithu cash imeneyi coz iluza.

Mmalawi
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Mmalawi

Do these so called judges know anything about work plans???

Alex Banda
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Alex Banda

How pathetic our courts, no wonder ordinary Malawians have lost faith in our judiciary. They simply cannot be trusted to do their daily work while we the taxpayer need to pay their salaries.
Shame on you Mwaungulu, just as your colleagues you never fails to dissapointment.

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

How did you expect Mwaungulu to be both in Blantyre and Lilongwe? Is he omnipresent?

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