Malawi activists concede ICC letter was forged, blame it on saboteurs

Leaders of some rights activists branded pro-Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who sent a letter to the International Criminal Court (ICC) say the Hague-based court has not responded and the letter in circulation is work of forgery.

Unandi: ICC

The Joint Civil Society  Platform on Governance (JCSPG) says it is concerned with the letter in circulation in social media being claimed as response from the ICC to the activists’ letter.

“We would therefore and categorically state that ICC has not yet responded to our letter. The country might wish to note that a courier dispatch was sent on 1st August 2019 and there is no way that would have arrived on the same day,” says the letter signed by Fyson Chozi and Unandi Banda.

The letter says that the basis of the forged letter aims at discrediting the activists who sent the letter to the ICC and create fabrication in a way to make the activists desperate.

“We are pursuing this matter with a lot of professionalism and seriousness it deserves and we have no time for propaganda,” says the letter.

However, some Malawians in various social media platforms say the pro-DPP activists have decided to discredit the purported response letter from the ICC which the activists themselves had authored earlier after propaganda had gone wrong.

The letter in circulation is  signed by the court’s second vice president Judge Cuno Tarfusser  but the current second VP of the ICC is Marc Perrin de Brichambaut. The signatory of the letter, Cuno Tarfusser, was  second VP from 2012 to 2015 which has raised suspicion on credibility of the letter.

Henry Kachaje, a Malawian economist,  took to Facebook to  say the activists have forged the signature of Tarfusser.

“Forging a signature of a retred ICC judge is a serious offence and indication of serious desperations,” Kachale wrote.

At least 10 human rights defenders have written the International Criminal Court (ICC) to question Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, UTM president Saulos Chilima and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) officials Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence over the post-election violence following the anti-Jane Ansah protests.

But governance expert, Makhumbo Munthali, told Nyasa Times that the allegations being levelled against the  HRDC leadership and opposition  are completely outside the ICC crimes.

“I doubt if the ICC Prosecutor would find such allegations admissible.  Besides, most the issues relating to the elections are currently being addressed by the domestic Courts inclusive cases of violence during demonstrations are within Police attention.

“Informed by the fact that ICC functions as a Court of last resort on specific crimes under its jurisdiction as clearly spelt out in the Rome Statute of ICC, it is likely that these allegations will be dismissed on 2 grounds: a). That they don’t qualify as one of the four  crimes of concern under ICC jurisdiction b). That these issues are already being handled at domestic level,” said Munthali.

He continued:“The ICC does not work on ‘possibility’  but rather evidence. These DPP cadets masquerading as human rights activist claim to be raising an alarm of possibility of the four committing crimes against humanity not speculation.”

Meanwhile, Emily Banda has been removed from the list of the signatories after it emerged that the activists forged her signature.

She says she will be consulting her legal team over the forgery issue.

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Gerald
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Gerald

Kutha ma Plan ndi kumeneku. Anali wanthu mowe anali ku South Africa panopo nzeru zatha basi akapumepo apa

Kudya
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Kudya

The most sad part about being lhomwe is that almost all your brothers and sisters are immensely dull and stupid but they ooze to the brim with fake confidence! Unfortunately nthawi sikulola this time around. Tsiku lokufa nyani, all tree branches seem to have been smeared with grease

Mr Truth Pains
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If they managed to forge someone of higher office of ICC signature then what will fail them to forge for presiding officers??

The 748 signatures that they are claiming to have been collected from presiding officers is a lie as well , they have just forged them as well.

Judges of constitution court handling election case, please invite presiding officers to confirm if it’s their signatures b4 any ruling take place.

We have seen how capable these DPP Cadets
can forge signatures. So spare us from this criminality.

Mateyu salijeni
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Dear Dpp ;You have proved to the whole world that everything you do or talk is TIPPEX ! TIPPEX ! TIPPEX !! MALAWI HAS LOST ITS GLORY OF (WARM HEART OF AFRICA –GOD FEARING NATION —) WHY ? ( TIPPEX ! )

political commentator
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Emily Banda pangani zoti mudyepo apa 500,000,000

mtete
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mtete

Can anything constructive come from idiots Chonzi and Kampaundi? See the blunders they are making in the process. On a sad note, I never thought Unandi would team up with stupid people. Shameee!!

Political Analyst
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Political Analyst

A INSPECTOR GENERAL JOSE,PALI NTCHITO APA, TACHITANI NAWO KANTHU AMENE A APANGA FORGERY SIGNATURE YA JUDGE WA ICC.NDI CASE YAYIKULU IYI, MUKAWASIYASIYA KENAKA ADZAPANGA FORGE SIGNATURE YA PRESIDENT. TATIWONESENI NGATI SINDINU DPP CADET!

Luso
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Luso

Liers. They were so quick to share the response thinking that people will be afraid. Sensing that it has back fired, they lie again. Liers

Stupid
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Stupid

What???? They forged a Retired ICC Judge’s signature?? Do they realize how serious this is?

Crossed the line
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Crossed the line

This is no joke, they actually forged someone’s signature and used the letterhead oh my goodness they will be locked up, ICC is not Jose and Malawi police