Law professor says Ansah has left ‘horrible legacy’ at Malawi pollster

A legal expert has given a brutal assessment of the outgoing Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah, describing her as a disgrace to the legal profession differing with President Peter Mutharika who described her as “a distinguished Malawian patriot who has served her country well and selflessly.”

Ansah: The tragedy of our time
Prof Garton Kamchedzera: Ansah will be remembered as incompetent and as causing chaos

Garton Kamchezera, a law professor at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima),  has said in quotes reported by the  daily newspaper that Ansah had been an embarrassment as a legal practitioner.

“Malawians should not take anything from her seriously. Young people should not look forward to her as a model. She has been a disgrace to the legal profession,” said Kamchezera.

He said Ansah is leaving a very horrible legacy.

“She will be remembered as incompetent and as causing chaos and as maybe colluding or wanting to help certain politicians to remain in power at whatever cost,” he said.

Kamchezera said Ansah will also be remembered as someone callous in the regard that she did not think about the interest of Malawians.

“From the perspective of the legal profession, as the Malawi Supreme Court put it, an embarrassing inepter with regard to her understanding of the law,” he said.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, social and governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali said Kamchezera is just being diplomatic  in his language on the legacy of Ansah “that is if the events that have characterised the country for the past  year are anything to go by.”

Munthali said: “Truth be told, Ansah is a tragedy of our time.”

President Mutharika has since informed the Judicial Service Commission to start the process of selecting Ansah’s replacement.

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Mofolo
Mofolo
1 year ago

I know Garton Kamchezera as a respected fellow with a quite disposition. I totally disagree with some of the comments he has expressed and the way he has expressed them but I will defend his right to say them whenever and however he wants to do so.

mchisala
mchisala
1 year ago
Reply to  Mofolo

I do not see anything to disagree with the genuine Prof! Both Mutharika and Jane Ansah have no understanding of the laws of the land, much less respect for them!!! I know for a fact that Mutharika is not a serious academic,you can check if he has any serious academic output!!!

#NotMyPresident
#NotMyPresident
1 year ago
Reply to  Mofolo

You are entitled to your opinion @Mofolo

Mwini muzi.
1 year ago

Do we really need a Judge to chair MEC? In my opinion, my answer is no. We just need someone who is a very good Administrator who understands the constitution, the policies and who can interogate the operating procedures to ensure they enable the process to get the intended result. We need such a person who can critique the process flow driven by the procedures to ensure there are no any risks involved. Where risks prevail, he/she should be able to mitigate them transparently and if need be, make the required changes without deviating from the constitution. How many judges… Read more »

kaukonde
kaukonde
1 year ago

Kanchedzera is a shame himself because he teaches all these corrupt lawyers that you see around. They are his products and one of his coaching is on how to be super corrupt . For your information I have worked at the commisiion for 20 yearsand if thereis any elections that was transparent, this was the one run by Jane Ansah

CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
1 year ago

Dorothy Ngoma
Monga iyeyo healthy wrights activist
Sanamudzudzule COVIDIOT-CHILIMA,atalankhula zoti natonse alayansi izihagana
Osaiopa corona virus
Zimenezo akanalankhula aUDF/DPP
Akanadzudzula Montoya
Achina Kamchedzeawa,Ngomayo ndi ndi anzawo
Anthu amenewa ali ndi mbali

Malawi belong to the citizens

Truth be told Jane Ansah is an incompetent woman. Kamchezera,ukunena zoona, chokani macadets munaba mavotes.Tivotanso, nyekhwe after nyekhwe. Tippex Samavota,amavota ndi anthu.Munthalika is hiding why? This time only original things will be use at polling stations.Kupachila kulipo ndithu.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 year ago

kuphuzila kose timavaku jeni. why u caused this chaos to bring in tippex.wina ndi ulesitu.
mukanangoyendetsa momwe zinakhalila .and foremost munacicalia kutibwatika kutiphuzitsa kavotedwe.munadziwa a Mw acangamuka koma munagwidwabe bcoz Ambuye anafuna kupulumutsa anthu so you are a fake thief pastor..
La ci 40

Chiga
Chiga
1 year ago

May be between the differing opinions of these two Professors of Law (Garton and Peter), one of them is right and obviously the other one should be wrong and as for the rest of us, depending on our personal views we are at liberty to choose to side with the right or wrong side. It looks that the total number of twelve judges ( Concourt and Supreme) may be deemed to be on the side of Garton. Good luck!

Guest
Guest
1 year ago

Surely, Malawi should look into how Attorney Generals are appointed:

1. One now a convicted criminal on bail
2. The current one seems to have a lot of credibility issues
3. The one being discussed in the article above…..well, self explanatory

There are plenty lawyers in Malawi who can do this job brilliantly – do they attend an interview to be selected?

Livulezi river
Livulezi river
1 year ago

Noxy , It is this , I mean people of ur mentality who are destroying this country. Prof Kamchedzera is right to rebuke Jane so that other wud be ill minded souls shud not repeat wat she had done. Our country has been stagnant for quite a long time due to the habitof tolerating nonsense It takes people in the calibre of Chilima, .Mtambo and this law Pro~Kamchedzera to iron out these rubbish, once and for all. After all, Pro Kamchedzera is a bona fide citizen entitled to clean his country. The country shud not only left to politicians, rest… Read more »

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
1 year ago

Stupid idiot ever is kamuchezera

Filipe
Filipe
1 year ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

Mwayamba kuzutukwana nokha ankolo

Richie
1 year ago

A Kamchedzera
Who was really cheated chilima or chakwera?
So there were 2 winners
Why are they joining together if they were really popular
You think Malawians are foolish
They don’t need educated savages to tell them simple things

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