Mist over South Africa lawyers’ deal: Silungwe says shit is still shit no matter how you dress it

There is controversy over the contract  which the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has hired South African lawyers to help in the presidential election nullification appeal case with Minister if Finance and Secretary to Treasury expressing ignorance of the 788 500 (about K600 million) contract in legal costs.

Lawyer Silungwe: Ndowe ndi Ndowe basi even from Mars or Earth

MEC has hired South Africa-based law firm – Mboweni Maluleke Inc Attorneys with four lawyers in the country for case include Dumisa Tsebenza SC, Elizabeth Makhanani Mere, Gideon Phalatse and Caphus Mboweni.

But Ntebeza and Makhani Mere are the ones who have applied to appear in court for the presidential election appeal case.

Finance Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha has said he only learnt about the  matter in the media but expfressed ignorance of any government arrangement.

So too Secretary to Treasury – convicted for contempt of court – Cliff Chiunda also claimed he is not in the know.

But financial experts including Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament  chairperson Sosten Gwengwe, a former Cabinet minister, said  Treasury is supposed to be in the loop for such particular contract financed from public funds.

Malawians – taxpayers who finance the public purse – have raised many questions on social media about hiring the foreign lawyers when the country has many trained and experienced lawyers who can handle the appeal.

With the country being in dire straits economically, the foreign lawyers contract is being deemed as insensitive to citizens needs.

Apart from the contract, Idriss Ali Nassah was a fierce social and political commentator,  has highlights that the hired Limpopo lawyers were recently in the news in South Africa, representing controversial Mpumalanga businessman Sam Chabalala, who has since absconded court and has gone missing.

Chabalala was on trial for corruption, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, illegal entry and remaining within the borders of South Africa, providing false information to be granted entry into the country and bribery after he allegedly attempted to bribe a senior police officer to make his docket disappear.

“Perhaps that is why someone hired them, for their expertise representing those accused of corruption and subverting the ends of justice,” Nassah commented on his Facebook wall.

Meanwhile,  lawyer representing  first petitioner in the presidential case,  UTM Party president  Saulos Klaus Chilima, Dr Chikosa Silungwe Chikosa has said his team is more than ready to argue their case before the Supreme Court when full hearing of the appeal commences on April 15 this year.

Silungwe said it doesn’t matter where appellants’ legal counsel are coming from, saying all he knows is that the court is the only battle field and that shit is shit no matter how it is dressed.

“We don’t care where lawyers for the Electoral Commission come from. It doesn’t matter whether the lawyers come from Mars or Earth.

“We shall meet in court, and let me inform you that court cases are determined by facts presented in the court of law and not where that particular legal officials are coming from, let me remind you that I have three degrees,which one of it is a PhD,” Silungwe said.

The South African lawyers have been hired for the following tasks: merit determination, advice, preparation and prosecution of the appeal case which they will be paid from taxpayers $788 500 (about K600 million), half of which has already been paid in advance.

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Macdonald Samalani
1 year ago

Due to my propaganda it teams, mostly from DPP dey know say once they surrender, definitely will be sent to jel.

Macdonald
1 year ago

Nkhan ndi ya straight a Dpp akanangonvomeleza lather than kumasemphana zochita ndi mtundu wa a Malawi.

Matokoso
Matokoso
1 year ago

If all the Lawyers in Malawi snubbed MEC then its obvious Mec has a bad CASE. Ngati Maloya onse akuno kwathu ati ai, chomwe akufuna mai wa ndichani. Zoona sukulu imachotsa umbuli basi koma uchitsiru umapita nawo kumanda

Sahara
Sahara
1 year ago

Bibi ya MEC ndi DPP.

HAPPY
HAPPY
1 year ago

WAS THE OPPDA ,CONSULTED ON THE PROCUREMENT OF THE SERVICES FROM THE LAWYERS????
MOREOVER IS IT NECESSARY TO GO THIS FAR USING TAX PAYER MONEY?????????????????/////
WHO HAS AUTHORISED THE PAYMENT????????????????????????/
IS THIS FOR THE BENEFIT OF MALAWIANS OR JANE ANSA????????
IS SHE ACTING ALONE?????????????????????????
THIS IS ANOTHER CASH GATE I PERCEIVE.
I SMELL A ROTTEN RAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
WE WANT MEDICENS IN HOSPITALS PLEASE AND NOT THIS RUBBISH OF CASH GATE

Mina
Mina
1 year ago

Kkkkkkk Koma ndakomoka manyi ndi manyi atawapaka pa mpando wa tippex umanunkha more than 62% ya amalawi anazikana Kuti nzonunkha izi 😂😂😂😂😂😂 Pali nkhani apa wina ayika musk 😂😂😂😂

Malawi belong to the citizens

Mayi Asah remember the country belong to all Malawians. Please don’t misuse our resources.That money can do alot in our country if your heads are good.Build schools in mulanje Thyolo phalombe chiradzulu,chitipa khoti please or hospitals in some districts.Zazibwana with citizens money is not a fair game.Zidzakusatirani zomwe mukupanga, last minutes, days, weeks, months are dangerous especially with the coming of presidential election.Becareful musazane Kut it’s political.

H E Nyaphapi One
1 year ago

Jane Ansah for president.

Taxy
Taxy
1 year ago

3 degrees but the hair looks like shit as well! Mr lawyer Silungwe please do something about your hair. Am ready to pay for the costs of aligning your looks with your education.

Mandado@147
1 year ago
Reply to  Taxy

thus being educated knowing you have the right to any hairstyle! Go sue him for his hair not aligning with education see if your dumb ass can even win! idiot! You the same mentality of idiots that deny rasta’s kids to education cause of hairstyle! Use that money you say youll pay and go to USA schools and see kids with dreads even with phd and tattoos bitch!!

Ziko
Ziko
1 year ago

abuse of power and public resources…… with Kalekeni payments we believe the money is mostly used within the country…. common sense?! muyankha milandu kutsogoloku….the writing is on the wall

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