MEC’s Mathanga refuses to resign and denies she is incompetent

Malawi Electoral Commission’s (MEC)  commissioner responsible for electoral services Jean Mathanga  has defiantly said she will not resign for  her role in mismanaging the 2019 Tripartite Elections after Parliament, the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeal found the commissioners incompetent and their positions untenable.

MEC chairperson for electoral services  Jean Mathanga  (r) flanked by NRB Chief Director Macford Somanje  says she will not resign until her contract runs out on June 5.- pic by Lisa Kadango 

At a news conference held on Tuesday in Lilongwe which she chaired, Mathanga was asked by a journalist if he will heed calls to resign.

In her response, Mathanga, a close ally of MEC embattled chairperson Jane Ansah, rejected any calls for her to resign

“I am not resigning,” said Mathanga emphatically in a televised news conference.

“I will continue discharging my duties to  the end of my contract which is June 5 2020,” she added.

She also insisted that the 2019 elections were not rigged and therefore any verdict that commissioners are incompetent is faulty.

“I am not incompetent,” she stressed visibly looking that she is leading normal life.

In its judgement on February 3, the five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as a Constitutional Court nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election over alleged irregularities and tasked Parliament’s Public Appointments  Committee to assess the competence of MEC commissioners.

The committee recommended that the commissioners be fired and a new team appointed. However, President Peter Mutharika ignored the recommendations.

But in its May 8 judgement, a seven-judge panel of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, while upholding the nullification of the election, also queried the competence of MEC commissioners.

Other commissioners,  the Reverent Clifford Baloyi,  the Reverend Killion Mgawi, Elvey Mtafu, Moffat Banda, Yahaya M’madi, Linda Kunje and Jean Mathanga. Have also refused to resign for their role in presiding over a flawed electoral process.

However,  Commissioner Mary Nkosi has proceeded to leave pending expiry of her tenure next month.

On April 1 2020 MEC chief elections officer Sam Alfandika told Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee that the commission wrote President Peter Mutharika to consider hiring new commissioners as the current ones’ tenure is expiring on June 5.

Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal,  who is on record as having indicated that she would step down if the Supreme Court upheld the findings of the Constitutional Court, is also clinging to her MEC post.  But her term expires in October.

According to the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Act 2017, the President shall, subject to Section 75 of the Constitution, appoint suitably qualified persons to be commissioners on such terms and conditions as the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament shall determine

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ZangazangA
ZangazangA
9 months ago

Hahaha sindikuona chifukwa chopangila resign……..the court that made the ruling said”elections didn’t go well” in there recommendation they said “their has to be another free fresh election in 150days” if they had found the mec body incompetent wouldn’t they have made the recommendation ryt away??? Malawi’s development lies in the ppo’s mindset not leaders

BigMan
BigMan
9 months ago

You are incompetent, every court says so.

Mwini muzi.
Mwini muzi.
9 months ago

Spot on Mathanga. You are on employment contract and if you resign, technically you have breached the contract and will loose all your benefits. Let anyone who forces you to resign put their money where their mouths are.

John Phiri
John Phiri
9 months ago

You are incompetent Jean. You are incompetent. Even your face shows only incompetency. You have been proven so by the learned judges of two respected courts. Mungonena kuti you are supporting a corrupt government from which you have been benefiting

ZangazangA
ZangazangA
9 months ago
Reply to  John Phiri

If u competent y r u not among the mec body?

Nabetha
Nabetha
9 months ago

SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR COHORT 😣😣😣

Mina
Mina
9 months ago

Jean namathanga ndi mfiti ngati grezeder Jeffrey , Jane Ansah, azimayi oluka awa m’maso muli gwa pa kwacha

G Zali
G Zali
9 months ago

Amaiwa akufunika batile

Mtete
Mtete
9 months ago

She is a DPP diehard and we know “Disregard For The Law” is DPP’s trademark.In fact it’s APM speaking whenever she opens her mouth.

Vabe
Vabe
9 months ago
Reply to  Mtete

Bribing judges is a trademark of MCP and UTM

Opportunist
Opportunist
9 months ago

Continue eating our taxes but one day you will still go no matter what

Wisemwe
Wisemwe
9 months ago

If she denies her incompetence which the concourt and Supreme Court of Appeal found;

Is it not in contempt of Court? Legal Opinion please !

banda
banda
9 months ago
Reply to  Wisemwe

If the court did not find the parliamentary and local government elections flawed is Namathanga incompetent then? Isn’t the failure of courts to annul the other two elections a sign of incompetence in our courts?

ZangazangA
ZangazangA
9 months ago
Reply to  Wisemwe

Even the court makes mistakes just bcoz alot of ppo made a remark does not make something ryt

Mbwiyembwiye
Mbwiyembwiye
9 months ago
Reply to  ZangazangA

MEC is competent. MPs and Councilors were elected through the same MEC – You are only libidous / ndi nyere ya upresident. Soon Peter will tell you alipo mpaka 2024. No fresh election ngati mufuna tipite tor tripartite elections

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