Mmadi contradicts Mtafu on arrests over Tippex: Ansah’s turn Wednesday

A commissioner of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Yahama Mmadi, who appeared before Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC) inquiry on Tuesday, contradicted his fellow commissioner Elvey Mtafu on the arrest of officials suspected to be behind the Tippex use.

MEC Commissioner Yahaya M’madi at an inquiry at Parliament said he isn’t aware that there’re any arrests made.- pic by Lisa Kadango
Commissioner  Elvey Mtafu: Officials who used Tippex were arrested

Mtafu told the inquiry on Monday that some officials who were using the correction fluid Tippex when the law does not allow them to amend figures at their level and at the constituency or district levels, were arrested and are facing prosecution.

But Mmadi, who took an oath with a holy Koran as a Muslim, was asked if electoral officials who used Tippex were disciplined either by arrest or dismissal.

In his response Mmadi said he isn’t aware that there are any arrests made while Mtafu said they were arrested and their cases are running in the courts.

Commissioner Mmadi said the commission did not break the law by announcing results using altered documents.

He said MEC went ahead to announce results of the Tippexed presidential elections because people wanted them.

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.

Chairperson Jane Ansah is scheduled to appear before the parliamentary inquiry on Wednesday.

Ansah, a judge of the Supreme Court of Malawi, is expected to be bombarded with questions on her bordering on integrity as commissioner Mary Nkosi, a former Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) deputy governor appointed commissioner on June 6 2016, told the inquiry that many key decisions were made by Ansah, chief elections officer Sam Alfandika and “some commissioners” without the knowledge of other commissioners.

Nkosi revealed that she and the other commissioners were made to sign for presidential election results a day after Ansah had already declared President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as the winner.

In the current commission, appointed on June 6 2016, DPP has four representatives in Jean Mathanga, Moffat Banda, the Reverend Killion Mgawi and the Reverend Clifford Baloyi while United Democratic Front (UDF) has Yahaya M’madi and Elvey Mtafu. People’s Party (PP) is represented by Linda Kunje and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Nkosi.

The Electoral Commission Act empowers the President, subject to the Constitution and in consultation with the leaders of political parties represented in the National Assembly, to appoint suitably qualified persons to be members of the commission on such terms and conditions as the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament shall determine.

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YOSWA MKONYOFU
YOSWA MKONYOFU
1 year ago

It seems these commissioners were not making collective decisions when handling issues, why should some one say those who broke the law by altering results were arrested and cases are in court while the other one says altering results is not an offence coz the law is silent on the other hand wina akuti he is not aware that others were arrested on the same. A bunch of morons.

Analyst
Analyst
1 year ago

Nkosi spoke as MCP representative. She spoke as a hungry person, an opportunist hoping to jump fences.

Mmadi did not contradict Ntafu. He says he is not aware. Chizungu ndi chovuta kuchimvetsa.

Forgive them
Forgive them
1 year ago

Nde mmafuna Nkosi ayankhule zopepera ngati achina namathanga,ntafu,mmadi nde akanakhala ngati commissioner?

wa Nyau
wa Nyau
1 year ago
Reply to  Forgive them

ndye mwati wayankha za mzeru Nkosi eti?
Zokuti ndimakana kuulula chilunagmo kuopa kuluza ma benefits ndi Prado KKKK MCP sidzatheka

Visanza
Visanza
1 year ago
Reply to  DenPox

Are these the medicines Mary Nkosi is taking?

baba
baba
1 year ago
Reply to  Visanza

Mary Nkosi looks very sick of mabodza. Wachita kusanduka nawo ngati mfiti.

Lego
1 year ago
Reply to  baba

You head is full of corrupted mind hence you can not agree with the truth

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
1 year ago

Mtafu says that those who used tippex are being prosecuted. Kunje believes their is nothing illegal about using tippex during elections. In the meantime, Mmadi has no clue of what happened to these guys. Mama Mia! We are wasting millions on a bunch that can’t shoot straight!! Can’t even stick to one story.

Tizowele
Tizowele
1 year ago

Mary nkosi spoke as a politician and not as a commissioner. She completely lost her marbles up to the extent of talking about benefits

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