Opposition leader Nankhumwa against firing of MEC commissioners, calls  PAC recommendation ‘deeply flawed’

Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa has urged President Lazarus Chakwera to reject a recommendation by the parliamentary Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to fire two DPP Malawi Electoral Commission commissioners, Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje on the grounds that it was unjust.

Nankhumwa: PAC’s recommendation unjust considering that the re-appointment of the two commissioners by former President Peter Mutharika has many legal implications that need careful consideration.

“I am utterly dismayed and disappointed by the recommendation,” said Nankhumwa in a statement released on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, arguing that the PAC’s recommendation was unjust considering that the re-appointment of the two commissioners by former President Peter Mutharika has many legal implications that need careful consideration.

“Furthermore, the Attorney General Honourable Dr. Chikosa Silungwe, the government’s Chief Legal Advisor, recently gave a legal opinion to the effect that the best way to resolve this matter is to maintain the status quo or through a judicial review.

“The Attorney General suggested that when all facts of this matter are considered, the government must opt to be bound by the re-appointment of the Commissioners,” reads the statement.

He says that he holds the opinion that PAC has misled the President on this matter and that the PAC’s decision is morally, legally or politically unjustified.

“I am well aware that one of the constitutional functions of PAC is to discuss public opinions and formulating reasoned conclusions. However, I find PAC’s recommendation to the President and the process preceding it deeply flawed.

“I find the PAC recommendation as politically-motivated, malicious and only aimed at serving political interests of none other the President and those of the ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP). It is a decision driven by hatred against the DPP and anyone perceived to be its member or sympathizer.

“Indeed, while PAC has the constitutional mandate to make recommendations to the President in respect to public appointments, the committee should have seriously resisted the temptation to interfere in an issue that may attract costly litigation on the part of the government. This possibility has been adequately addressed by the Attorney General in his legal opinions,” Nankhumwa argues.

The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament has asked President Chakwera to ignore the parliamentary PAC recommendation on the two MEC Commissioners and instead, adopt the legal opinion by the Attorney General.

“The President should be the first person to uphold the rule of law and constitutionalism in Malawi. Most importantly, the President must be the last person to fan the flames of hatred among Malawians, which have come to dominate the country’s political landscape since the last elections,” advises Nankhumwa, who also serves as opposition DPP Vice President for the southern region.

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No time to waste in JHB
No time to waste in JHB
2 months ago

Take responsibility and pay back the money. Don’t glorify thieving

Hmariwa
Hmariwa
2 months ago

Nankhumwa Kondwani one thing he should remember is the rule of law which he denied and the issue is straight forward that his education background is too poor and he has no even Certificate of MCE. He is a man the Judicial system in Malawi should look into.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
2 months ago
Reply to  Hmariwa

anazolowera kuvala ma suit and posing they can stand up and lie to Malawians. ndi momwe zinalili dzana ndi dzulo. pitala was minister of education and do you remember he used the MoD helicopter to travel to down south?? he thought bringing him from the South Bend USA on a 1st class flight given a free house and everything free on the public monies account then could learn to fend himself thereafter. anta till today ndi awa basi anawakweta a malawi. maziko alnalibe even ku US mwina anali mu studio flat.. LIKE FATHER LIKE SON. Joji malemyayu ci thanki akagwere… Read more »

Lego
2 months ago

Now its when Nankhumwa knows the rule of laws kkkkkk.Why your party appointed more commissioners than the other parties,is it not against the law you are talking about?You are just a sell out and nothing tangible is coming out from you.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
2 months ago
Reply to  Lego

zoona

Reporter
Reporter
2 months ago

So Akumvere iweyo Nankhumwa kukuwopa? Uli mu boma unapanga zinthu zambiri mbiri ndi Chipani Chako chija kuyesetsa kupanga frustrate the Court processes ndi abambo anu aja. These Two Commissioners were already tried by PAC and were found incompetent. They do not need to be tried again. We all listened to their rude, irresponsible responses on TV. We watched them answer so childishly as though they own Malawi. Jane Ansah wawo uja ndiye anawathawa ndi ma foolish picture shooting ake aja. Cruel woman. Amuyitanitse abwelere kuno Ku Malawi amuzenge Mulandu iye uja Kupempphera Kwaboza, Ubusa wake utiwo. Fire them already. Useless… Read more »

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
2 months ago
Reply to  Reporter

ndipo from then we are still paying these whores. INCOMPETENCU they were deemed. nde awaso ati tifukule malilo oikaika? koma anautsata nthawi imene ija kapena anali busy kupanga zosangalatsa pitala? go away and get lost cithanki

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
2 months ago

Malawians lost billions of Kwachas because of these incompetent commissioners. In fact these were supposed to face criminal charges for rigging elections. Was it not the same Silingwe who asked the court to fire the commissioners. He is a renegade and must be fired as well. You may recall that APM rejected recommendations from Parliament and defiantly appointed Mathanga and Kunje. Why should Chakwera listen to Nankhumwa now when he was very arrogant when the thiggery dpp was in power? At the same time was APM supposed appoint only 3 commissioners and not 4.

Tea Grower Thyolo
Tea Grower Thyolo
2 months ago

Usova Nankhumwa

Mbava
Mbava
2 months ago

Tikambe za brown envelope a Nankhumwa

sikwese
2 months ago

Waba ma allowance a COVID uyu. Akufuna kutiwuza chiyani? Tamufufuzani abweze nayenso.

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
2 months ago

Don’t forget this party is good at victimising its citizens. Soon they will leak their vomit. God is watching the fake arrogant pastor and his cronies

Makanjira
Makanjira
2 months ago
Reply to  Anzanufe

Plz I’m losing my patience fire these good for nothing commissioners, they r useless and hopeless. Malawians blew up a lot of money b’ coz of their selfishness and by the way where is that arrogant ugly woman from Chimwala in Lilongwe called Jane who? Oh Ansah, she is supposed to be in custody by now. Why is she still walking free? Stinking old magogo.

mafunyeta
mafunyeta
2 months ago
Reply to  Makanjira

in custody doing what?

Isaac Mbewe
Isaac Mbewe
2 months ago
Reply to  Anzanufe

Macadet, muchila koma mochedwa, when have you known that respect to the rule of law is necessary. Were the two not appointed because of stubborness of Peter, these two were deemed incompetent by the courts but Peter maintained them because he thought he is above the law and owns Malawi. Any political grouping formed based on tribal lines can never survive time long, hence wait for demise of DPP like UDF, birds of the same feathers.

mtete
mtete
2 months ago

The two were found to be incompetent and unless Nankhumwa no longer believes in the duties of the Parliamentary Committee (PAC) he is entitled to his concerns. Tonse Alliance government is under no obligation to appoint the two. They can wait for the next DPP Government in 2030, perhaps.

Melusi
Melusi
2 months ago
Reply to  mtete

If they are incompetent so all the elections they commissioned are also to be declared null and void including the 2020 Presidential elections.

monosile
monosile
2 months ago
Reply to  Melusi

Do you think these incompetent commisioners contributed anything to the 2020 Presidential elections?

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
2 months ago
Reply to  Melusi

Incompetent after 2019 elections. After reappointment and taken oath and endorsed the 2020 elections, they were competent. If Chakwera had an issue with them, he had freedom to go to court to stop them to be part of the 2020 elections.

Chakwera
Chakwera
2 months ago
Reply to  mtete

Incompetent yet u accepted the indorsement of the incumbent.

Fire them muona moto

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