MEC fires Lilongwe Mpenu returning officer for suspicious meeting with MCP’s Mkaka

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has fired Tibbu Phiri, a Constituency Returning Officer (CRO) for Lilongwe Mpenu following a suspicious meeting he had with Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka who is also parliamentary aspirant for the area.

Lilongwe District Elections Supervisory Team (DEST) chairperson, Lawford Palani written MEC  for a replacement
Phiri, a Primary Education Advisor (PEA) working as a CRO at Mpenu had invited primary school Headmasters of the area who will be serving as Presiding Officers in the 21 May polls to a meeting with the MCP aspirant on 7 May at Matapila TDC where he alleges Mkaka wanted to articulate his development ideas to them.
The meeting took place just nearby where UTM was conducting a rally and this did not amuse the people there who filed a complaint with MEC which soon conducted investigations.
Speaking in an interview,  Lilongwe District Elections Supervisory Team (DEST) Chairperson who is also District Commissioner, Lawford Palani said they had resolved to fire the CRO following a recommendation from MEC who described his conduct as improper and being partisan after investigations.
“We at Lilongwe District Council follow electoral laws and we received a complaint that Mr. Tibbu Phiri had invited headmasters who will be serving as Presiding Officers in these elections to a meeting with Mpenu Constituency shadow MP, Eisenhower Mkaka where he discussed his development projects with them and we felt it was improper hence upon investigations by MEC we opted to dismiss him because his actions almost compromised the whole electoral process there,” said Palani.
Palani also described the dismissal as a demonstration of Lilongwe District’s preparedness to deliver a credible election and has already written to the Regional Election Officer proposing Boston Manyasa as the returning officer for the area.
Commenting on the matter, Chancellor College political analyst, Mustapha Hussein welcomed the dismissal as it will serve as an example to others.
“Well this is a commendable decision taken to fire him and will go in a long way to serve as an example because these people are not supposed to take gifts from politicians or align themselves with political parties due to the sensitive nature of their job,” said Hussein.
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nkem owoh
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Bravo MEC. That’s the way to go

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

its the meetings we do not know about that worry us

Gona pa Muhanya
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Gona pa Muhanya

Why does APM fail to do the same

Źidzepano dzatonse
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Źidzepano dzatonse

I thought may be the aspiring MP bribed him. Just articulating his manifesto for the area during campaign period someone some where thinks its wrong 🤪

Thanks MEC but disqualify KAMLEPO also
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Thanks MEC but disqualify KAMLEPO also

Thanks to MEC for the decision to dismiss the CRO for Lilongwe Mpenu. But what are you doing with this savage KAMLEPO KALUA and his crazy team including his own son for harassing and beating up people/supporters of other political parties in RUMPHI EAST CONSTITUENCY. There is need for sanity in the constituency. Would you please disqualify this savage KAMLEPO KALUA for masterminding violence.

Chimphanza
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Chimphanza

Well done!

kabwino
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kabwino

KomA kwa henery mussa after kukumana ndi team yonseee nothing happen.malamuro osakha anthu

Chintemwende
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Chintemwende

Eti amwene. Mxiiiiii

Silica gell
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Excellent M.E.C.