Malawi should pursue justice to avoid turmoil, says South Africa Chief Justice

South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng  has said suffocating justice and good governance  could be a recipe for political turmoil.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng urges Malawi to pursue justice and good governance

Mogoeng was the guest speaker at the Dynamic Leaders and Gatekeepeers Forum held at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital, Lilongwe.

“Malawians should stay calm as they wait for the court verdict on the outcome of the elections. Let the courts decide on the outcome of the election results,” said Mogoeng.

He said Malawi and other African countries should pursue justice and good governance to avoid socio-political turmoil on the continent.

His comments come at a time when there is an election case in the court where the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera and UTM president Saulos Chilima are seeking a rerun over the May 21 elections for what they call the ruling party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and pollster Malawi Electoral Commission manipulation of votes in favour of Peter Mutharika.

Mongoeng said Malawians should have trust in their judges that they would deliver an independent judgment without the influence of money or other factors.

According to the official MEC results, Mutharika won the elections by 1 940 709 votes against Chakwera’s 1 781 740, but the opposition says the elections were marred by several irregularities, among them, stuffing ballot papers with pre-marked ballots, tampering with election result sheets through correction fluid known as Tippex and officials keeping result sheets at home.

UTM president Saulos Chilima has specifically alleged that MEC chairperson Jane Ansah spearheaded a rigging plot as she was biased against both Chakwera and himself, claiming in a leaked letter to her that UTM has evidence of the allegations.

But DPP wants the case dismissed for purportedly being irregular, defective and lacking sworn affidavits.

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Kalekeni Kanene
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Kalekeni Kanene

Malawian Judges should learn from this man Chief Justice Mogoeng mogoeng of RSA. A man of intergrity. Atrue judge.

Gona pa Muhanya
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Gona pa Muhanya

I am beginning to doubt if Peter Muthalika is indeed a lawyer as he claims. Someone who thinks corruption, theft and no respect to the rule of law cannot in no way be considered as professional lawyer. I am now thinking that it is very probable that even his so called qualification was acquired through corrupt means. This gentleman is just corrupt and a liar.

Aunt Sally
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What is tippex? I am a little confused. Please enlighten me.

Akwawo
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Akwawo

It’s a white correctional fluid and Tippex is the brand name.

Mandado@147
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google it self education is the key

Le Senor de Los Cielos
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Le Senor de Los Cielos

What comes out of his mouth, people must swallow. Wholly. He is one of the most highly respected, influential and impartial people in the South African justice system. Appointed by former president Jacob Zuma, Mogoeng Mogoeng has led as an example as how the justice system should work. A lot of people speculated that Zuma chose him because he thought he would be lenient and side with him (Zuma) in most of his poor decisions, but the opposite totally happened. Mogoeng was steadfast in holding everyone accountable, including Zuma himself. This was without fear or favour. He has continued performing… Read more »

Opportunist
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Opportunist

I respect this Chief justice

WOKWIYA
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WOKWIYA

MALAWI HAS A PROFESSOR AT LAW WHO SEEM TO HA VE COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF GOOD GOVERNANCE