MEC hypocrisy spares DPP candidate against the spirit of electoral law

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has been caught in double standards after failing to disqualify a governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate for Ntchisi South, Violet Skeva, who has maintained her position in the civil service after participating in the May 21 parliamentary elections.

Ms. Violet Skeva

Skevas works as first secretary (economics) at the Malawi Embassy in Washington DC, USA a position she still holds up to now. She participated in the elections against the spirit of the law which requires one to resign from the civil service before taking part in political activities.

This amounts to hypocrisy.  In May this year, the electoral body disqualified Dowa South East independent candidate Medson Nkhoma for holding a public office and yet presented nomination papers. Nkhoma works for the Road Traffic Directorate.

According to section 51 (2) (e) of the constitution no person  shall be qualified to be nominated or elected as a member of parliament if that person holds, or acts, in any public office.

In October last year, government fired two senior officers from the civil service for merely associating with the UTM party. The two were George Saonda who served as Director of Administration in the Ministry of Information and Deputy Director for Administration in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Chiza Mbekeani.

Government chief secretary Lloyd Muhara sacked the two in a letter: “I write to inform you that pursuant to Article III of the local employment contract agreement that you signed with government, your services as deputy director of administration [Grade E/P4] are no longer required and have consequently been terminated.

“This follows your active involvement in politics contrary to Section 193 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi and circular letter Ref.No. CS/S/001 dated 28th June 2018 on public servants and the 2019 Tripartite Elections…”

The two were fired on mere suspicion when a good number of civil servants associated with the DPP remained in employment without reprisals. These include Lonnie Chijere Chirwa, Chimwemwe Chipungu, Yacintha Chikaonda, Zeria Chakale and many others.

“We know about Skeva issue but you cannot play with Ana a Dad. How she has been allowed to be in the civil service even after participating in politics is everyone’s guess. We are setting a bad precedence,” said one of the directors in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations.

Insiders said Skeva ‘services’ some powerful politicians in the DPP hence not been affected with the law.

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Justice Anastasia
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Justice Anastasia

DPP ,MEC and concourt are conniving among themselves in the court sitting schedules to accommodate Peter’s Programs. If you look back at UNGA,Court stopped till he came back.Court can not cool anybody down ,More delays means means more time for destruction planning.

Bararabarara
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Bararabarara

Mwati amene akunyenga Skeva ndi ndani? Anthu akudya bwino ku ma Embassyku! Kudya akazi awo kudyanso Skeva?

Tisaname pano, akazi a Seventh Day amakoma

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Why say water under the bridge? Iwedi ndi Machendekwepe u mean tidzingoyang’anira ndowe ngati zimenezi zizingopitirira? Anthu ngati inu ndiamene mukutizunzitsa ndi atsogoleri ngati athuwa azitiponderedzerabe.

peter
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peter

do u want to screw her also? kkk wait for your time izi ndi zamabiggy

China
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China

Azimayi onse assigned on these missions is through thako account kugonedwa basi

mpilu
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mpilu

miss skeva??? still on embassy payroll???? she must be getting screwed up by some biggie. typical of politicians

Lego
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That is the DPP we all know all along.Look at the surname of that lady,it will conclude everything.Its up to us all patriotic Malawians to stand up and fight the vise.No one from outside this country will come and fight for us these nepotism,selective,tribalism,corruption,killing of people who are opposing the wrong doers etc.Just imagine,the international observers they spoiled our elections by saying the elections were fair and free hence there were so many problems.LET US STAND UP AND UNITE TO FIGHT THIS CORRUPT DPP!

Lux Tikitira
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Lux Tikitira

MEC is being controlled by Jomo what can they do on Ana a DAD whilst, they too are ana a dad. MEC is just a name.

Machendekhwepe
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Machendekhwepe

Water under the bridge

CHOKA SATANA
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TIPPEX ANSAH YOMWEYO !!!