Legal, political experts say DPP attack on judges will backfire

A legal expert and a political commentator have separately warned the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that their attack on judges through ‘march for the restoration of democratic justice’ would backfire.

 Professor Garton Kamchedzera (r) says DPP must be condemned for intimidating the judiciary
Mvula: Move by DPP is retrogressive

DPP on Monday held what they said protest march in Blantyre  and on Wednesday in Zomba against the Constitutional Court ruling in the election case which annulled the May 21, 2019 presidential election.

The court ordered a fresh election in July.

But DDP has  made unsubstantiated allegation that the Constitutional Court judges received a bribe from businessman Simbi Phiri to rule in favour of Dr Saulos Chilima and Dr Lazarus Chakwera in the presidential petition case.

However, political commentator Humphrey Mvula said the move by the party was retrogressive.

“I wonder if the party has strategists worth their salt. You cannot attack judges in a savage manner at the same time go to their courts to seek an appeal,” Mvula said.

Garton Kamchezera, a law professor at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima),  said the DPP must be condemned for intimidating the judiciary.

“What they did yesterday cannot be dignified. This was an attack on the independence of the judiciary. This will backfire,” said Kamchezera.

The DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi ss he said the Constitutional Court ruling was against the will of the people.

Anti-Corruption Bureau spokesperson Egritta Ndala asked for more time to comment on the petition by the ruling party demanding a corruption investigation against the five Constitutional Court judges who heard the election case.

President Peter Mutharika  has 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”.

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maranditi Mpasha
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maranditi Mpasha

Saunders, I think you miss the point 101%. To begin with it was DPP all along advocating that it will accept the ruling of the Con Court. It is thus ironical for DPP not to honour its promise.These were 5 judges not one, not two not three either.There is no way all the five judges would get it wrong boy!!!!! Secondly the issue of bribes to Judges should have come before the determination of the court as was the case with the Dr Mpinganjira one. Not now too late for tears. Thirdly you talk of composition of the judges???I dont… Read more »

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

Good summary of facts, anthu ena samamva daladala komatu

SAUNDERS
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SAUNDERS

As Human beings Judges can ERR, they can connive and can sympathise with a cause. Thats what DPP is trying to highlight. even Donald Trump criticised the judiciary and some judges in his impeachment case. Unless Malawian Judges are ubove reproach or are angels that they can not be criticised, our judiciary has a bad reputation and operate like Mafias, I cannot back them in anything, they are not a cream in our society and the handling of this case leaves a lot to be desired, the composition of the panel is also questionable, also the actions of the CJ… Read more »

K.kagalu.
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K.kagalu.

Misala iyi, chi page chonsechi? Ukhaula zinthu kudzasintha pa Malawi pano. Cadet wagwa nayo, tazikayendani pa nseu, inu mmene azanu ankayenda simunkati ndi misala? Now it’s your turn, ndipo muguba simunati, kikkkkkk nkhonya yobwezela kuwawa. The painful thing is that you are walking as a Party against the truth from the Court,pamene Ife timayenda as Malawians kufuna chilingamo,, iiii apo ndiye zowawa heavy! Pezani nthawi yopita pa nseu odala. Pano muchedwapo chabe. Idiot!!!!!!!!

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

@Saunders
Trump is a pathological liar and an existential threat to democracy in the world just as DPP is to the judiciary and separation of powers in Malawi. Trump is a mafia who is using all tricks possible to retain power for the sole purpose of nurturing his sadistic ego and boosting fortunes of his family business.
Looks like a mirror image of DPP back home. Sick people!!!

Nyenkwe one
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Nyenkwe one

Ana ovuta kulera awa a dpp ulendo uno tinyenya

tung'ande
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tung'ande

So the stupid judges use emotions not evidence to determine cases. Why should something backfire when concrete evidence has been presented

K.kagalu.
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K.kagalu.

Nkhani yake ndiyomweyi?

namatetule
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So who is the su[preme court judgein the bribery case. Aululike basi. Judges are not demi-gods

namatetule
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where is Mvula’s murderous son? mvula should spend more time praying for him – zandale angozisiya zinamukanika kale

ANA ACHEPA
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ANA ACHEPA

DPP CHIPANI CHANKHAZA,BASI KUZIONA KUTANI INU KODI????? NZERU KWAMBIRI KUTI NDINU NOKHA AMENE MUMANENA ZOLONDOLA?? WILL OF PEOPLE YAKE ITI? YA ANTHU 10 OUT OF 100???? KOMA MR DAUSI INE MUMANDIMVETSA CHIFUNDO…

Old timers
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Old timers

Ladies and gents, how do expect a rat to win in a court presiding by 5 cats, definitely that will be impossible. To my opinion, Mvula is not fit to be a political commentator is another failure politician.

Central
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Central

Following the careless moves and statements through various media houses, these dpp stooges will have no supreme court judge accepting to handle their appeal case!! Believe you me we shall soon hear that every judge is recursing themselves from the appeal case! Vuto lili ndi ma guys wa ndikuti anachuluka a Jerusalem/cypress university nde kuganiza kumawavuta heavyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!

YOSWA MKONYOFU
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YOSWA MKONYOFU

I think anthu ena simuganiza bwino or you dont know what legal matters are all about. How do you lament kuti they were petitioned one thing and they went on to bring in other issues? If you take some one to court for trafficking chamba and is found guilty, is it wrong for the court to give him a jail sentence and go further to declare the vehicle used to be confiscated to govt? Unganene kuti akanangopanga zoti wapezeka ndi chamba koma galimoto atengeranji? The courts are there to hear the case give punishment and give other remedies as well

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