Malawi Law Society condemns MEC lockdown, DPP attacks on judges

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has come out guns blazing in condemning some undemocratic tendencies exhibited by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Kaukonde: Law Society calls upon the DPP to publicly withdraw all corruption allegations publicly made against the Judges

In a statement released on Thursday, MLS says it finds fault with the HRDC-organized demonstrations that locked the offices of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)  as a means of compelling resignation of the Commissioners and the DPP-organized demonstrations which included public allegations that the High Court Judges in the Constitutional Referral received bribes as an inducement informing the decision delivered in the High Court.

“The Law Society finds both the above acts uncalled for and strongly condemns these acts. In respect of the closure of MEC offices, the Society notes that the High Court in its judgement outlined the relevant legal steps that need to be taken to determine the ability of the MEC Commissioners to conduct the fresh elections ordered by the Court and that those processes are publicly under way.

Protesters padlocked the offices of the electoral commission in an effort to force its head Jane Ansah to quit after the Constitutional Court annulled last year’s presidential election.

“We recommend to member and leaders of HRDC to seek appropriate legal counsel and observe the relevant limits and legal guidance in any future pursuit of the right to assemble and demonstrate peacefully and unarmed,” reads the statement, signed by MLS honorary secretary Martha Kaukonde.

DPP inciting against judges

The statement further condemns the DPP demonstrations against the Constitutional Court ruling.

DPP placards during the march

“In respect of the allegations of bribery against the Judges, the Law Society notes that the law provides due processes for reporting complaints of alleged criminal conduct which the Democratic Progressive Party ought to be familiar with and employ if the allegations against the Judges have any underlying merit.

“Without following such usual processes, the Law Society finds this conduct by the DPP  to be a direct attack on the independence of the judiciary and contrary to the constitutional dictates. The DPP and indeed any political grouping or opinion makers is hereby called upon to desist from inciting the uninformed public against Judges.

“We strongly condemn and discourage such conduct and insist that if there is any query with the High Court judgment, appropriate appeal processes provided for under the law be pursued to their logical end,” says the statement.

The Law Society contends that in order to preserve the integrity and sanctity of the judicial process so far and that of all subsequent judicial processes taken out by the MEC and President  Peter Mutharika in the Presidential Elections, the Law Society therefore calls upon the DPP to publicly withdraw all corruption allegations publicly made against the Judges and to desist from any further conduct of such kind.

“We recommend that such allegations if founded be reported to appropriate institutions,” said the law body.

Finally, the Law Society appeals to all stakeholders to respect the judgment of High Court unless otherwise dealt with by the Supreme Court.

“In this regard, the Law Society calls upon all individuals or/and government agencies assigned to give effect to the judgment to do so immediately, responsibly and in accordance with the applicable laws and the terms of the judgment.

“Members of the public and the civil society must allow smooth enforcement of the judgment and avoid acts or conduct that may interfere with or be used by statutory offices responsible for implementation of the judgment as excuses for non-compliance with the judgment,” says the statement.

Following an exhaustive review of petitions submitted by the opposition, judges of the Constitutional Court ruled against Mutharika whose presidential victory last May was attributed to massive fraud.

The Court cited irregularities that included voting sheets covered in correction fluid and the failure of the Electoral Commission to audit the totals.

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Shut up MLS and watch politics at play. Where were you when MCP/UTC used nsunde barracks and HRDC to induce judgement in their favour. What does the law say about actions and comments about matters in court? Mukuyesa APM achoka mboma? Mwauponda mwangomuyenjezela chaka chimodzi cha bonasi 2025 wooo! The truth pains but I have told you the truth. Kkkkkkkkkk

Zuze
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Zuze

A dpp bwerani ku mzuzu ndi mademo anuwo

Nicolous
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Nicolous

Ichoka mbava . Itipeza kuno ku USA. Chimbava chachikulu. Ndalama mwadya naye muzibeza apo bii wamaula basi

Stephen Phiri
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Stephen Phiri

Malawi Law Society inali kale ya china John Gift Makhwawa osati iyi ya DPP Ikutionesera yokha

Nematodes
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I like the last phrase: ‘….ruled against Mutharika whose presidential victory last May was attributed to massive fraud’. The word ‘MASSIVE’ means ‘on a very large scale’…. I am sure Mr Arthur Peter Mutharika still uses Chambers 20th Century Dictionary, and understands English. Get a grip Mr President.!

Nalingula
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Nalingula

THESE Guys showed their True Colours during the Election Case ….Linali kale Gulu limeneri ….Bolani Women Lawyers Association it…..

Central
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Central

HRDC’s act was meant to stop MEC Commissioners and secretariat from continuing with their operation………. why? Its to avoid misuse of resources that we’ll very soon need for the upcoming fresh elections!! MLS need not reminding that the current crop of MEC Commissioners is too careless when it comes to use of resources (if what we have just witnessed could be used as evidence)!! Why has MEC appealed the electoral case,,,? Are the Commissioners sure the Supreme court will defend ‘Tipp-Exed results and Fake documents”!! Should we assume the Commissioners are not aware this move will further result into more… Read more »

Kangoma
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Kangoma

Why now Law society?For example you new that HRDC will be closing MEC offices during their demonstrarions.I think it was proper to offer legal advice at that particular time on your part.These are just my views.

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