Judges Kenyatta, Ntaba, Mkandawire, Kalembera, N’riva tipped for MEC chair position

Five judges are  being tipped to be picked for the head of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) post  which the Judicial Services Commission is set to  narrow down to three nominees to be presented to the appointing authority, the President for consideration.

Judge Sylvester Kalembera; Possible nominee
Judge Kenyattta Nyirenda; Could be appointed
Judge Charles Mkandawire: Could be appointed
Judge Zione Ntaba: Could be appointed MEC chairperson
Judge N’riva could be appo

The position of MEC chairperson fell vacant after Jane Ansah—a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal— resigned last month.

President Peter Mutharika has written the Judicial Service Commission to nominate names of judges to be considered for the position of MEC chairperson.

Among the names being touted to be selected include High Court judges Kenyatta Nyirenda, Zione Veronica Ntaba, Charles Mkandawire, Sylvester Kalembera and Jack N’riva.

According to professor of law at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College Garton Kamchezera, any judge from the High Court can work as MEC chairperson.

He said it is “wrong public perception” that only judges from the Supreme Court of Appeal can be appointed as chair of MEC.

The Constitution in Section 75 (1) stipulates that there shall be an Electoral Commission which shall consists of a Chairman who shall be a Judge nominated  in that behalf by the Judicial Services Commission and such other members, not being less than six, as may be appointed in accordance with an Act of Parliament.

Kamchezera said the appointing authority could this time pick a judge from the High Court, considering that the Supreme Court bench upheld a judgement of the High Court’s Constitutional Court that nullified last year’s presidential election.

One of the private practice lawyers David Kanyenda has said none of the Judicial Officers who were involved in the elections petition case would be a suitable replacement of Ansah.

This leaves Justice Dunstain Fipamutima Mwaungulu as the sole Supreme Court Justice of Appeal who was not involved in the elections case.

However, Mwaungulu, a respectable judge with a glittering career in the judiciary, is holed up in London following the lockdown and is also ruled out for short term to preside over the fresh elections.

Mwaungulu is also fast approaching retirement and wouldn’t complete a full term as MEC Chair, it was observed.

Five High Court judges Healey Potani, Dingiswayo Madise, Ivy Kamanga, Redson Kapindu and Mike Tembo could also not be considered as they handled the election case at Constitution Court.

Meanwhile, the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) will share the number of electoral body commissioners as they are the only parties represented in Parliament that qualify to submit names of candidates.

The new Act provides that political parties which secure more than one tenth of the national vote in election to Parliament should submit a maximum of three names as their nominees for consideration as MEC commissioners.

Malawians will go to polls for the court-ordered fresh presidential election within 150 days from February 3 2020.

Initially, the election was set for July 2 before a recent proposal to move it to June 23, which is yet to be confirmed by Parliament.

Parliament is due to sit  on 5 June and a new budget is supposed to be passed by 30 June. There are doubts that ballot papers from overseas security printers could be obtained in time for 23 June.

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Marumbo
10 months ago

Not Mr Covid Nyirenda please. We are tiredvof regime change judges. Choose Kalembera or Nriva or Ntaba.

Malawi belong to the citizens

The truth shall set you free malawians, the best option is between Kenyatta Nyirenda,Mkandawire and Kalembera.One of these can do better.For N’ Riva was the judge who judged the case between,DPP,some top Malawi police officers and pioneer investments in the case of food rations.Where Munthalika received K145 million, which was deposited to his account in the name of donation.When DPP and Peter Munthalika realised that the move was a bad one,they return them money to the pioneer investments owner.This was corruption.Judge N’ Riva was ok with it.He is a cadet.Once someone decides to return the money,it just shows that someone… Read more »

Munya muona
Munya muona
10 months ago

Kenyatta ekha ndy ai..

Mtete
10 months ago

Don’t you think APM will feel comfortable with a cadet, say someone like N’riva, despite the negatives stated?

Galu #1
Galu #1
10 months ago

The myth, the legend. Caddets tremble. Run with fear when they hear the name Hon. Justice Kenyatta ! A LIVING LEGEND. True Son Of Malawi. I salute you sirv

Mwini muzi.
10 months ago
Reply to  Galu #1

Peter will not choose him.

Galu #1
Galu #1
10 months ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi.

Did I say that Peter will pick him. I am simply showing my respect to a man, clearly APM knows such a move will kill DPP

Obrigado
Obrigado
10 months ago

Is there no other better photo ya a ujeniwo? Every face tells a story

Lazuras chilima
10 months ago
Reply to  Obrigado

Obrigado…….kkkkkkkk
Have you seen the face? kukhala ngati mzungutu ndipo eeeh koam ndiyetu eeeeh.

Mpakaten
10 months ago

The highest probability is that Mutharika will pick on a homeboy, N’riva or Ntaba who is related to a DPP Hetherwick Ntaba. The rest are bad boys to Mutharika and the DPP.

Zeze
Zeze
10 months ago
Reply to  Mpakaten

Zione Ntaba and her uncle Hetherwick Ntaba don’t see eye to eye.

Simangeni
Simangeni
10 months ago
Reply to  Mpakaten

Judges should or presidents should not use/hold, neither touch the holy Quran, or the holy Bible when taking oaths or swearing in. Playing with God by taking His name in vain. Let them just take ordinaly oaths.

Mbuya
Mbuya
10 months ago

Ena onsewo fine. Koma uyu Ntaba nde ayi. Ndi Ansah no 2

Wahisoni
Wahisoni
10 months ago

not Kenyatta Myirenda!!! pleaseeee!!! Not hjim.

good
good
10 months ago

Mpatseni Nyirenda awone kuti zimatani. Ntchito kunyoza

Kinnah
10 months ago
Reply to  good

kenyatta ndiwoyera ndiye azayamba kupaka tipex pa ma ballot. therefore osampatsa ntchito imeneyo

Bauleni
Bauleni
10 months ago

A very misleading article. The judges put here are high court judges who are already with their hands tied as they have been involved one way or the other with the elections case

ignatius
10 months ago

kkkkkkk Kenyatta mbwenumbwenu ayiwale

chinkwamawa Tembo
10 months ago
Reply to  ignatius

Kenyatta ndi mbwenu mbwenu weni weni. ndipo ndi wachisokonezo kwambiri

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
10 months ago

Anapeleka boma mwakuba kwa Peter ndi Chilima pakati pa usiku uyu

Maluwa
Maluwa
10 months ago

Or amangwetu bwanji

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