MP tables HRDC petition in Parliament on Ansah removal: Speaker says no debate

Dowa East MP Richard Chimwendo Banda (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) on Thursday  tabled in Parliament a petition by  Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) asking parliament to  remove  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson  Jane Ansah and other commissioners for allegedly presiding over flawed presidential elections.

Madam Speaker Gotani Hara said there cannot be a debate on a petition 

HRDC leaders delivered a petition to Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani-Hara at Parliament Building in Lilongwe through Chimwendo Banda on September 18 2019.

Speaker said the  “cannot be debated upon”, according to Standing Orders and that it has been referred to relevant committees.

Chimwendo Banda, whose party is also the second petitioner in the ongoing elections case in the Constitutional Court, said HRDC want a motion to be tabled in the House for legislature to remove Ansah and MEC commissioners on grounds of “incapacity and incompetence” among other things.

He said  HRDC wants Ansah removed among other things for “disposition of character”, saying she was seen celebrating with the alleged victors (Democratic Progressive Party –DPP) after the results were announced and her “known prejudiced comments against and for a specific contender in the election process.”

HRDC has also put to the attention of Parliament that the entire MEC turned a blind eye to the allegations against the arrest of officials of the electoral body for “doctoring” results sheets to subvert the will of Malawian voters.

The petitioners said Malawi is now in a political turmoil with an apparent prevailing tense as a result if the fraudulent May 21 2019 presidential elections.

Malawi has enjoyed multi-party democracy since 1994, leading to relative political stability compared with other countries in the region. But the disputed election has led to a months-long political crisis that has brought thousands of young Malawians on to the streets. The demonstrations have been mostly peaceful but there have been outbreaks of violence in some instances.

Reading the petition in Parliament, Chimwendo Banda said the rights defenders  stated that no individual takes Malawi as his or her personal property by inflicting more misery on poor and heavily taxed Malawians.

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Mapwiya
Mapwiya
2 years ago

Pansana pako Nabanda, ndi atumbuka anzakowo

Jochi
Jochi
2 years ago
Reply to  Mapwiya

Kukamwakwako mlomwe opanda mano mkamwa

njpapi
njpapi
2 years ago

court or no court this issue is on public domain there is need for everyone to be involved and court is there for laws while us we are fighting for our rights

we dont want T-PEX PRESIDENT dzikoli tinalivutikila and ndiye wina asalowetse ngati ndila famile limodzi komanso asagawanitse malawi its not ALOMWE Akuononga dziko but Mutharika and his relatives coz i was ku thyolo, mulanje and chiladzulu last week and ndikuona momwe umphawi ulili nde tisawaononge amalawi we are one people one nation

Mzunga
Mzunga
2 years ago

Idiots. Iwo (MPs) akuvomeleza kuti chisankho cha President sichinayende bwino koma cha u MP chinayenda bwino. Ngati ali a nzeru wosakananso cha u MP cho bwanji. Fools, let them discuss if they want to shoot themselves.

Jochi
Jochi
2 years ago
Reply to  Mzunga

Madando 147 tippex

mpilu
mpilu
2 years ago

jeni ansa n0 2

Ndikukodzela Kwambiri
2 years ago

Petition ina muibwelese kwa ine brother Richard sinanga mukufuna mumpase aliyense; kkkkkkk!! Kuufuna u minister ndi mtima onse kumeneko? Eeeeeeh!!! Polani moto madolo a congress

kishobeh
2 years ago

kkkkkkk Chimwendo,go to court and assist your master chakwela to have the right answers rather than (only God knowns) go to hero for instance how do you except one want to be a president and is failing to answer?

Jochi
Jochi
2 years ago
Reply to  kishobeh

Malawi voted for him God knows kkkkk

PP litete
PP litete
2 years ago

Za ziiii

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
2 years ago

The petition is from MCP themselves not HRDC.Mtambo as it is alleged he signed a deal with MCP tat he will help usher MCP into Power regardless of what>>>Actually he has failed by all means he meant kkkk.the MCP are being pained .Akumva PHAIN INDHEED

KALIGO
2 years ago
Reply to  Mwinithako

Malawian votes will usher Chakwera into power. These people aba mowindika and ulendo uno alamvulatu (abweza).

Chukambiri
Chukambiri
2 years ago
Reply to  KALIGO

You are joking Kaligo

tariq
tariq
2 years ago

A dead parliament. Burn it down.

yobu 13 13
2 years ago

bullshit…this is nonsense ,, why cant you just wait until the court to rule the matter ….useless people ….

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