MCP aspirants seek injunction to stop primaries: Court set Sept 4 for hearing

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) primary elections to elect candidates for parliamentary and local government elections in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections has been dealt a blow after some aspirants  have rushed to court to seek an injunction to stop the process.

Lawyer Powel Nkhutabasa :  Defends disgruntled MCP aspirants

Lawyer representing the concerned shadow MPs, Powell Nkhutabasa filed an application asking the court to stop the ongoing parliamentary primary elections which they argue are staged and done in a very compromised, undemocratic and unfairly way.

The party which  started conducting primary elections in in Dowa East, Dedza North and Lilongwe South East constituencies in order to come up with contestants for the 2019 parliamentary elections is being blamed by some of its aspirants for not coming out with a clear and formal communication on the specific dates, venues, and other relevant information on the primaries.

Among others, the aspirants which are over 23, argue that they do not know the basic details, and in many cases and instances they are just being communicated informally and with notices as short as just a day informing them of primaries   for their constituency without even giving them particulars of the venue or time.

Consequently the aspirants are unable to participate fully and fairly, and in many such cases they are unable to participate at all.

According to Nkhutabasa before rushing to court,  the aspirants penned the  party executive complaining and begging to look into the matter, but to no avail and thus prompted at least 23 MCP shadow MPs for various constituencies to seek the intervention of the court to put to a stop to what they call undemocratic and unconstitutional behavior of the party by way of an injunction

The aspirants which include Damalisi Sosola and Lazaro Ben Chinseu, for Dowa East while they were at court and incumbent parliamentarian Richard Chimwendo Banda has come out the winner.

In their application, the aspirans  argue that the conduct of the party infringes on their right to participate in the activities of a political party of their choice as enshrined in the constitution of the republic of Malawi.

They  further argue that the circumstances of the matter clearly shows that the said primaries are not open, free, fair and credible,  despite a clear resolution of the party to conduct it’s primaries in that manner.

According to Nkhutabasa,  his clients tried contact and dialogu, but were snubbed by the party

The matter came before Justice  Charles Mkandawire  of the Lilongwe district registry of the High court, since set the matter for hearing of all the parties, including the MCP on 4th September, 2018 before he makes his determination.

MCP publicity secretary the Reverend Maurice Munthali said the party conducts primaries where the voter registration exercise is completed.

Through primary elections, political parties identify contestants to represent them in parliamentary and local government elections.

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Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

The problem is that MCP has assigned current MPs to run the primaries. These officials are favouring their fellow MPs. This is what is causing the problem, because most MPs haven’t delivered, and people don’t want them.

WINIKO MASANGWI KALIATI
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WINIKO MASANGWI KALIATI

Koma MCP ndi ku khoti.Kodi chimavuta ndichani kukambilana nokhanokha? Penapake mumatikhumudwitsa bwanji. Tikazakuvoterani, m’malo moyendetsa boma simumazakhalira kukanganirana maudindo m’makhoti?

mtete
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mtete

I see Kaliwo’s hand in this. He talks injunctions in his sleep.

moses
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moses

palinso za blessing in disguise apa,kuzilimbitsa mtima zinthu zikulakwika,you seem to be blind

moses
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moses

Tiyeni tivomeleze kuti izi sizabwino and zipani zonse zitha kukhudzidwa ndi mchitidwe umeneu.Not good for our democracy and our leaders should rise above party ( executive )politics.Osamangolubwalubwa ndi ma comment oyikila kumbuyo zinthu zoyipazi.Democracy should be free for all.

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

This is very good! UTM idutsa moyera!

Nalingula
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Nalingula

A love my country Mia amatokuphwetekani .In any Democratic Party if you feel infringed you have a Right to Seek redress from the Courts.What I love about MCP is that Leaders Come and Go.Zanuzo ndi za Anthu Basi eni ache.Achina Muluzi,Muntharika.Another example Saulosi atati azisiye Transformation ikhalapo?

REMNANT
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REMNANT

Koma yah!!!! Chipani chilkununkhira ichi. Mpakana kukasuma ku khoti? This is a blessing in disguise and it only shows that people love MCP. What is needed is for the party’s leadership to tread carefully as this can be a recipe for more Independent aspirants which is not healthy for the party.

lovemycountry
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lovemycountry

Ayamba kale! This party is not organised! First you bring in MIA out of the blues to Veep forgoing long served royal members of the party then you fixing positions like Dpp! Y’all undemocratic power hungry thieves. MCP is never far from courts….cant trust you to lead us in prosperity!!

Odala
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Odala

Tizaonera zikafika kwanuko. Just wait and see

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Better in court on party issues than theft.

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