MEC commissioner Kunje irks MPs for ‘rudeness,’ slams exit door in anger

Malawi Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC) which is conducting a court sanctioned inquiry for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Tuesday afternoon sent out of the hearing room commissioner Linda Kunje for rudeness to the legislators.

Commissioner Kunje: Accused of being evasive and rude

As she stormed out of the room at parliament building in Lilongwe, she slammed the exit door in anger and further show of rudeness.

After five minutes or so, she was called back into the room.

PAC chairperson Collins Kajawa cautioned Kunje against rudeness and answering questions evasively.

Kajawa told her told her to observe respect, protocol and decorum when answering the questions at Parliament Building in Lilongwe, broadcast live on radio.

She then continued answering the questions though evasively, the responses which will make the committee make recommendations to the President either to fire the commissioners or retain.

However, she attracted the members’ wrath when she openly told the members of parliament, saying the incompetence and Tippex forms they are talking about ushered the MPs into their positions and made them to be called honourables.

However, the committee proceeded questioning her till the end.

She further said as much as she is concerned, the use of tippex, even though it is not allowed in any election, it is legal as the law is silent on the issue.

“I accepted tippexed documents because I feel that the presiding officers used it to correct some mistake. It was not used to rig the elections, which the Constitutional Court observed,” she said.

Asked  if she was part of those who made the recommendations for MEC to appeal the Constitutional Court ruling, Kunje said she was.

“I endorsed the decision because I saw nothing wrong on the use of tippex and dulicates in the elections because the laws are silent. When laws are silent it means that we had to accept it’s use even though as MEC we said it will not be used,” she said.

She further disclosed that before accepting the altered documents, MEC consulted stakeholders on the matter and they do have them a greenlight.

A private practice lawyer has  described MEC commissioners testimony as a vindication of the Constitutional Court findings that the electoral body incompetently managed the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, especially in the management of the presidential election results.

Lawyer John-Gift Makhwawa, former president of the Malawi Law Society (MLS), said the testimonies vindicate “the indictment by the Constitutional Court.”

The inquiry follows a landmark ruling the court delivered on February 3 nullifying the May 21 2019 presidential election and ordering a fresh poll within 150 days, citing anomalies and irregularities.

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Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
9 months ago

By the way, how did dpp end up with 4 commissioners at MEC. Mcp has 1, Udf has 2.

Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
9 months ago

Mayi kunje mukuyenela kuchosedwa. A dad munawabela ndalama zawo. Muwona kuti mutani.

Mwana wa Nabanda Ku Joni
Mwana wa Nabanda Ku Joni
9 months ago

Because thieves have everything to lose that’s why they are arrogant. Make an example of them by throwing them into jail. They think they cant go to jail that’s why they take us for granted. CHANGE IS COMING AND NO ONE WONT STOP IT. LAND OF THE CHOSEN FEW IS SLOWLY BECOMING LAND FOR ALL OF US WHERE THE LAW TREATS EVERYONE THE SAME. STOP BEING POMPOUS

maranditi Mpasha
maranditi Mpasha
9 months ago

Bohoooo !!my tax !!!! my money being chewed by dumb dumb dunderheads- DPP bootliker like Kunje .. I feel for my tax!!

Nalingula
Nalingula
9 months ago

You can tell which Commissioners were approached with Bags of Money …How can someone who Looks at Processes in an Audit Firm Justify Use of Tippex….The Commission was Very Unbalanced …You can actually Tell that Some of the People think that they were their to Serve the Few Greedy Individuals ….That are Enjoying Mismanaging Our Taxes ….All these Factors must be taken into Account when Electoral Reforms are being Done …..It’s funny How some People are Celebrating Suicide Bombers …..Ati Ngakhale mutondiyimba Mulandu wakuba Ng’ombe Nanunso a Judge ndinakugulisaniponi Nyama Yokuba ….Ena Omvera amvekere mmanja Pwaphwa….WOKUBA wanzeru Uyu…That’s How Low… Read more »

jose
jose
9 months ago

JUSTIFYING EVIL.I FEEL SORRY FOR THE NATION OF MALAWI.JUSTIFYING SIN.

YAYO
YAYO
9 months ago

Kunje is the WOMAN of the YEAR. Told it as it is. Tippexed PAC presiding over a session to find out about tippex elections. Isn’t that silly? This how stupid our country has become.

Check Point
9 months ago

Big Up Linda Kunje!! If Malawi had women like you, this country would have developed fast because the majority of Malawian population is comprised of women who cannot speak out for their rights. To you PAC, don’t you see your stupidity cerebrating victory of the election which was marred by gross irregularities? if indeed you are able to question the credibility of MEC Commissioners who messed up the whole tripartite election which include you as victors of the fraudulent election, why can’t you just honorably resign and advocate for another election which will be credible. If I were one of… Read more »

Linda Visora
9 months ago

“Linda kunje kuti atuluke chitseko cha MEC ndiye uziti ndadala pa zisankho zikuberazo”

Lost Coin
Lost Coin
9 months ago

What a Kangaroo Court being conducted by baby kangaroos! PAC, stop this mediocrity once and for all!

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