Malawians will pay huge price of Chakwera mistakes in firing MEC Commissioners – Cdedi

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has warned that taxpayers risk paying a huge price for the mistakes the Tonse Alliance led government has allegedly made by firing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-sponsored Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioners, Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje.

Namiwa: President Chakwera  should tread carefully 

On Tuesday this week, through the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), announced the rescission of the appointment of Mathanga and Kunje, citing the judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal, which found them incompetent in the historical Presidential Elections Case.

The dismissal came at the back of a court case, which the two Commissioners initiated to challenge President Lazarus Chakwera’s decision to withhold their letters of appointment.

But before the court could give its ruling on the matter, Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi, told the nation on Tuesday the government had rescinded appointment of Mathanga and Kunje because they are incompetent.

The two Commissioners have vowed to challenge the rescission of their appointments in the court.

And in his reaction to the latest development, CDEDI executive director Sylvester Namiwa warned that the taxpayers risk paying a very huge price should the two Commissioners successfully defend their appointments in the court of law.

Namiwa, who addressed journalists in Lilongwe on Thursday afternoon, backed the decision by DPP and the aggrieved Commissioners to move the courts in order to clear the legal quandary the country has found itself in.

“CDEDI believes that doing so would put the matter to rest, once and for all, since the blame game between the executive arm of government and the office of the Attorney General (AG) has dragged for far too long, without any tangible action.

“It is for this reason that CDEDI is challenging both the opposition DPP and the two MEC Commissioners to live by their word and indeed move the courts on the matter, since the two parties have publicly expressed interest to do so, with the former ruling party going as far as claiming that the June 23, 2020 court sanctioned Fresh Presidential Elections (FPE) risk being nullified, following the firing of the two MEC Commissioners by President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera,” said Namiwa.

He said his organization CDEDI has been following the events surrounding the legal crisis in stemming from the status of the two commissioners.

Namiwa said on February 17, 2021, CDEDI wrote President Chakwera, warning him to tread carefully on the issues involving the appointment of the two MEC Commissioners.

CDEDI further reminded Chakwera to respect the rule of law, with reference to both the Republican Constitution, as well his Malawi Congress Party (MCP) manifesto and constitution, in line with the professional legal opinion from the Attorney General, Dr. Chikosa Silungwe on the same issue.

“Today, Malawians are  witnesses of the gross impunity and executive arrogance that is being exuded by President Chakwera, who has, and continues to ignore and disrespect professional advice from constitutional offices such as the AG’s office. This development is not only disastrous, but very catastrophic, because should the courts nullify the June 23 FPE, the country will again go to the polls for the third time in a space of three years. On the other hand, the taxpayers also risk paying a very huge price through their nose, should the two Commissioners successfully defend their appointments in the court of law,” he said.

The human rights activist said it is sad that Malawi’s image is being bruised and brutally battered, following ‘this unnecessary public fight between the executive arm of government and the AG’s office, which CDEDI believes is as a result of some selfish political interests, on the part of the President’.

“It is against this background that CDEDI is challenging the judiciary to consider expediting the hearing on the matters so that Malawi should move on as a country. As we have warned before, CDEDI seems to have been vindicated by the DPP, which is of the view that Dr. Chakwera has shot himself in the foot by his decision to fire the two commissioners that were part and parcel of the decisions made by the current cohort 6 of the MEC, including the election of the incumbent president, and all the by-elections held in various constituencies and wards across the country. Let the courts bring this matter to rest, once and for all. The time for doing this is now,” emphasized Namiwa.

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John Kachapira
John Kachapira
1 year ago

I would be more than happy to use part of my tax to pay for these two mercenaries. I couldn’t wait to see their back. I can’t stand their arrogance.

Kwangwgwa
Kwangwgwa
1 year ago

Palibepo nkhani apa. Ngati pali kulipiranapo apa azalipira ndi APM amene anawalemba mosasata malamulo. Ndiye anamiwa muchenjera mumpweteketsa APM ndi zolankhula zanu. mwakhala ngati judge ndinu chigamulo mwachipanga kale nkhani isanapite ndi ku khoti.

Atuganire
Atuganire
1 year ago

APM appointed incompetent women as commissioners. We had to use them to crossover gwirize mkodze, then the right thing is to fire them replace them with competent ones. Dr. Laz in mwakhoza si za ku mental hospital to zogwira ntchito ndi anthu a STD 8. Aliratu amenewa ngati njuchi. Keep soaring Dr. Laz and Dr. Saulo. A STD 2 azikuvutisani, ngati ndani? In what capacity? Zauchigaru basi!

Lego
1 year ago

Namiwa is a DPP cadet and what else do we expect from this fool?These two pro DPP commissioners deserve to be sacked.They messed the 2020 elections and our court and PAC found them incompentent and they were not suppose to hold this MEC post.If Namiwa is saying President Chakwera must respect the Law,why he did not tell APM to respect the law when the PAC and Court found these commissioners incompetent but he went ahead by appointing them.Did you say anything Mr Namiwa?We know you very well you are just a sell out dude and nothing good is in your… Read more »

Kwitanda
Kwitanda
1 year ago

NO Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje in MEC means NO MEC. NO MEC in Malawi means NO Elections. NO elections means NO president. NO president means no Chakwera and NO Chakwera. Kkkkkkkk.

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
1 year ago

Mwatumidwa eti. Apa palibe nkhani mungofuna kupereka ma bp kwa abusa basi. Anakuuazani ndani kuti a Mlalawi alipira vindalama zankhani nkhani isa zachamba basi. Ife yonse bho boma likudziwa chimene likuchita musalubwelubwe ndipo DPP sidzalamuliranso. Apo bii mupitiza ndi nyekhwe yanuyo.Tonse Alliance osathamanga magazi chiuta ali nanu. Awa angofuna kuopsezabasi.

Assange WikiLeaks
1 year ago

Do not make a mountain out of a mole hill just because you are dpp. Do we still need commissioners who messed up the 2019 elections? The issue was in the constitutional court which asked parliament to check the competence of the commissioners Kunje, Mathanga, Nkosi, Banda, Baloyi and their leader Jane Ansah. Nkosi paved way. Parliament complied with the court ruling but the stubborn Mutharika went ahead to appoint the two. Malawians paid a heavy price for the commissioner’s mistakes and the elections case cost us billions. The re-run cost us billions. We all now that Cdedi is a… Read more »

Chatonda
Chatonda
1 year ago

These who were not choosen were the one incompetent but these two were 100% competent thus why executives chose them again.

Phaloni
Phaloni
1 year ago

Palibepo blunder apa. The appointment was faulty ab initio. If anything Mutharika will pay them chifukwa ndi amene anawasankha mosatsata malamulo. Who nominated the 4 commissioners? DPP is supposed to nominate a maximum of 3 persons. Watch this space.

Achi
Achi
1 year ago

If there is someone to pay then its APM who reappointed the incompetent two against the court’s and PAC decisions.
It was APM who displayed executive arrogance

Chakwera has just set the ball rolling

Cairo
Cairo
1 year ago
Reply to  Achi

Achi, u r a goat!!

James
James
1 year ago

Ngati amaziwa kuti ngosayenela kuyendesa nawo zisankho bwaji analolera kuti wawina nanga mankho achibwelenza onse aja achitika aja bwanji samakana zosatilako ndekuti zonse nzolakwika atule pansi udindo tivotenso ndi anthu oyenela kuyendesa zisankho

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