Nkhoma Synod declares Feb 3 holiday: Malawi poll case judgement day

The Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has asked all its workers in all its institutions to go on holiday on Monday,  February3  2020 when the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitution Court will be delivering judgement on the presidential election nullification petition case.

Petitioners Chakwera and Chilima in their separate submissions want presidential election results to be declared ‘invalid, null and void’

The Judiciary  has announced that the  five-judge panel comprising Healey Potani, Ivy Kamanga, Dingiswayo Madise, Redson Kapindu and Mike Tembo  will deliver tjeir ruling from 9am in Lilongwe.

In a letter signed by deputy general secretary, Reverend Brian Kamwendo, and seen by Nyasa Times, the Synod has further asked all its faithfuls to “continue being on their knees for the peace and tranquillity of the nation”.

“As per the Synod’s mandate which is derived from scripture and our values  within the corporate governance code as adapted by the Synod code of ethics and operations; we are obliged at all times to be sensitive to matters of Church and Society,” reads the letter in part.

“To this end, the Synod would like to advise all Heads of Synod Institutions to observe a holiday on this day,” says the letter.

On social media platforms, Malawians are sharing tips on how to be safe and advising one another to stock up essentials such as foodstuffs, fuel and prepaid electricity and water units.

Independent Schools Association of Malawi (Isama) president Joseph Patel advised school management in hotspot areas to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of learners as they fear there may be violence in the aftermath of the ruling.

Leading bus companies have also issued notices saying that there will be no services on the day of the judgement.

Malawi Police Service  has assured the public of safety.

“The Malawi Police Service would like to assure all the citizens that it has put in place necessary measures to control any acts of violence before, during and after the court judgement to ensure that law and order is maintained in the country,” said Acting Inspector General of Police Duncan Mwapasa in a statement.

“Any person or group planning to cause unrest during this period will be dealt with…”

And Ministry of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology said in a separate statement that  security agencies will be on alert to deal with any chaotic situation during and beyond the day of judgement.

“Government is aware that this ruling will attract different reactions. As such, the State security organs are well-prepared to keep the peace that the country has safeguarded and enjoyed for many years,” said Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botoman.

The minister, who is the official government spokesperson, added: “Government urges all political parties to respect the rule of law and the Judiciary which is an independent arm of government. Sobriety and patriotism are key ingredients to peace during this period. We only have one Malawi and destruction of the country is counterproductive.”

The information minister has called for calm, saying the government has put in place measures to ensure all citizens are safe.

In the case, two of the presidential candidates in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections—UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima (the first petitioner) and Malawi Congress Party candidate Lazarus Chakwera (the second petitioner)—want the court to nullify presidential election results.

The petitioners wants fresh elections over alleged irregularities, especially in the results management system. Incumbent President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party, who was declared winner of the elections, is the first respondent with Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as the second respondent.

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mpanda
mpanda
10 months ago

Akapanda kuimanga nyumba yehova oyimanga ayimanga chabe akapanda kulondela mzinda yehova alondela pachabe mlonda.

KKKKKKK
KKKKKKK
10 months ago

Paja munkamemeza anthu kuchalichi ndi ku maliro komwe kuti akachite nao mademo. Ndikuti anthu a Mulungu mwadziwa kale kuti siziyenda eti? Aaaa! Mwandidabwitsa. Mmene zikukhalira apa zikuoneka ngati anthu adziwa kale m’mene zikhalire pamande. Waiting for mande, mwasalakudya, mwapemphera, mwaotsa, kuba andi kupha kuti majai aope. Lero chatsalanso ndi chiyani anthu a Mulungu inu?

cooking oil.
cooking oil.
10 months ago

All you trying to do is to make them free so that on this day if the judgement is not to there/your side,they should find enough time yokamacha nkuononga katundu waanzao.The cards you playing asynod inu are not good for our malawi nation.AMEN

nchalo yourth
10 months ago

agree with you

nchalo yourth
10 months ago

this is right cause it will minimize the violence otherwise….

Omex70
Omex70
10 months ago

Mwapasa, acting Inspecter General is lying by saying that the police is there to provide security to every one. That is not correct. The truth of the matter is that the police is there to protect DPP Cadets, nothing else. I can’t trust our police.

Kuswa Kuswa
Kuswa Kuswa
10 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

Awatu nde maganizo opusa a dambwe-atumbuka alliance.

Zaya
Zaya
10 months ago
Reply to  Kuswa Kuswa

Khakha iwe

mpanda
mpanda
10 months ago
Reply to  Kuswa Kuswa

Iwe kuswa kuswa i hate you mtundu ku rumphi wa atumbuka unakulakwila chani udzachitchula nduwe mlomwe opusa kwabasi kodi sudziwa mtumbuka ndiwa ku rumphi nkhatabay ndi atonga mzimba ndi angoni karonga ndi ankhonde ku chitipa kumene kumachokera mtambo kuli chinyakyusa chilambiya chindali chinyika ndi zambiri ? Atonga satha chitumbuka ankhonde ata aku mzimba amayankhula koma mwa chingoningoni so why have you hate anthu aku rumphi stupid holiday apangisa ndi aku lilongwe ukanyoze rumphi idiot ngati uyu anapaka tippex pa 21 may kuti Malawi avutike

Kuswa Kuswa
10 months ago
Reply to  mpanda

Maburundinso aliko kuchitipa bulutu iwe. Mwachingoningoni nde kuti cha? Wopusa iwe eti.

mpanda
mpanda
10 months ago
Reply to  Kuswa Kuswa

Maybe you kuswa kuswa you are talking about your mlakho from America without teeth who came to destroy our nation Malawi and you can’t even recognize people’s languages and cultures .mpoto si tumbuka wamvabe same mwera si alomwe or asena . Synod sinalakwitse or ine ngati kholo ndauza family yanga kudzakhala pakhomo chimodzimodzi dpp told it’s youngsters to stay away from court premises on judgment day who are you kuswa kuswa to insult rumphi tumbuka culture and language in this case idiot i know where am coming from. The lhomwes are not better than others nor other tribe all culture… Read more »

Mabvuto
Mabvuto
10 months ago
Reply to  Kuswa Kuswa

Kuswa kuswa ndiye kuti chani maina aumbamva basi, anyangulu Inu mwaswera liti kuchokera ku Domwe , takupilira kwathawi yayitali uzitenga ngati dziko lino ndilamutundu wa Chilomwe ,okha basi munali andani kupanda Ife ayao through Bakili ,mutundu onukha umbamva ndi upandu okha okha

William Chirwa
10 months ago

Judgement day is Monday 3 February. The day preciding is Sunday and if the synod was God guided it is supposed to so what they are advocating their people to do on that day. Declaring Monday a holiday is like preempting that there will be chaos in the country and that’s wrong and irresponsible on the synod’s part. Various stakeholder’s have been preaching peace and love but this to me show the shallowness of some of our so called religious leaders. In Rwanda a certain denomination was complicit in the genocide please don’t take that path be preachers of good… Read more »

section 1000
section 1000
10 months ago
Reply to  William Chirwa

useless comment.God will not come down to make decisions for you coz fate does not define your destiny but your decisions.The church has made a good decision to protect those working in its different departments,their safety is paramount ,their lives are paramount so zinazi osamangonamizira Mulungu as human beings he gave us the brains to make our own decisions.Inutu mukhala ngati aja omamwa poison in the name of God.Wake up,brain up!

bandafred9@gmail.com
10 months ago
Reply to  William Chirwa

Iwe anyone can pre-empt because the court process was aired so people have verdict with themselves.

kanchenga
kanchenga
10 months ago
Reply to  William Chirwa

This is the same as saying if God loves us why doesn’t he just kill satan and save us all. Myopic way of thinking. I remember very well that at xmas and new year most prophesies talk of difficult times ahead which means all who believe must take precautions

Bristone Mabichi
Bristone Mabichi
10 months ago
Reply to  William Chirwa

You are right in your view, but Nkhoma Synod has also done the right thing at this season. Even yourself will take extra measures until you see the direction of that day.

mpanda
mpanda
10 months ago
Reply to  William Chirwa

A William chirwa ngati synod yalakwitsa kuti anthu adzapume kukhala mumanyumba nanga asilikaliwa akuti adzidzakhazikitsa chitetezowa tinene kuti naonso akulakwitsa? Or ine ngati kholo ndawauza ana anga kukhala pakhomo dpp inauza achinyamata osapita ku court kukamvesela chigamulo kupewa kuposa kuchiza ccap nkhoma synod sinalakwe naonso ndi amalawi odzitsatila zili mdziko lawo

Nyaphapi One
10 months ago

I understand tippex will be freely available both on line and in MEC offices.

Zebediya visunda
Zebediya visunda
10 months ago

Mipingo inayi yofunika kuithetsa ngati mene anathetsela mboni za yehova. A tembo mukundinva?

Kapado Chimulirenji
10 months ago

Police should not fool Malawians, if they were not able to control crowds by the protesting HRDC, how can they manage the whole country which is likely to react either way to the news from the ConCourt. If there be no buses on the days, expect offices and shops to be closed.Nkhoma Synod has taken the right move to declare Feb 3, a holiday for its workers.

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