Msonda drags Malawi  election officers to court for fraud

Opposition People’s Party (PP) spokesperson Ken Msonda says he will drag to court Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) officials including its Chairman and Commissioners for “fraud and abuse” of office.

Msonda, whose party was dethroned by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in May 20 tripartite polls, is also targeting Mec Chief Elections Officer Willie Kalonga, presiding officers and some district commissioners for giving a blind eye on numerous discrepancies and anomalies that punctuated the recent polls.

Msonda told Nyasa Times he has been consulting his lawyer on the possibility of commencing legal proceeding against them.

Msonda: Taking matters to court
Msonda: Taking matters to court

“My lawyer has assured me it is possible if I have evidence. Very soon I shall commence legal proceedings,” he stated.

He went on to urge Malawians to provide him with more evidence and information about people believed to have a hand in the electoral mess.

Msonda argued that his decision has nothing to do with Peter Mutharika’s administration, but “to put records straight to avoid post elections violence and bloodshed in future.”

“Those willing to join me on this national cause can contact me, their information shall be treated with the confidentiality it deserves.

“I have decided to take this bold step as a citizen and not in my capacity as PP member for the love my beloved country,” he claimed.

Msonda further claimed that the nation can never develop if the citizenry “deliberately put a blind eye on careless mistakes deliberately done for personal or political gains”.

“We cannot talk about credible, democratic, free, fair and violence free elections in future if we don’t deal with the root cause of the numerous discrepancies and irregularities that characterized the recent past tripartite elections.

“Our passivity on matters of national concern is a threat to multiparty democracy and affects development,” he stressed.

He also reiterated that the Commission’s Chairperson, Maxon Mbendera shed tears before the determination of official at the national tally in Blantyre because he knew what he was about to announce was “fake, bogus and false”.

According to the PP spokesperson, Judges are the most disciplined people on earth and hardly show their emotions in public.

“Justice Maxon Mbendera, SC, a respected Supreme Court of Appeal Judge and a God fearing person cried in public; his conscious troubled him,” he claimed.

He also described European Union Elections Observer Mission to Malawi’s remarks that the elections were “unique, credible, free and fair” when the citizenry cried foul over the administration of the polls as an “insult” to Malawians.

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