Ready, steady, judgement day set for Malawi election case

The Constitutional Court is ready to deliver its landmark ruling in the presidential election nullification petition case, Nyasa Times understands the  determination will be pronounced by Monday February 3.

A panel of five judges comprising Ivy Kamanga, Dingiswayo Madise, Mike Tembo, Redson Kapindu and Healey Potani as chairperson  set to deliver their decision

The five-judge panel comprising Healey Potani, Ivy Kamanga, Dingiswayo Madise, Redson Kapindu and Mike Tembo has a deadline of February 3 to issue a ruling on the case, which sparked violent protests since last year.

High Court of Malawi and Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal registrar Agnes Patemba insisted the ruling will be within 45-days from December 20 2019 with the deadline being Monday February 3.

To ensure peace and order prevail, the Judiciary is working with the security agencies  – Malawi Police Service and Malawi Defence Force – for special arrangements on the judgement day.

Malawi Law Society (MLS)  president Burton Mhango said the society could have loved if the judgement was delivered in form of a summary rather than reading it out in its entirety.

Accredited media houses such as Times, Zodiak will broadcast live the ruling.

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 (MCP) candidate Lazarus Chakwera (the second petitioner)—want the court to nullify presidential election results over alleged irregularities, especially in the results management system.

Incumbent President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who was declared winner of the elections, is the first respondent with Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as the second respondent.

Any party to the case can still appeal the Constitutional Court ruling in the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal which will be the final arbiter in the matter.

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Hope Mapando Nkhoma
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Hope Mapando Nkhoma

lets just wait for the judgement day,,, GOD shud be on ourside

mpanda
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mpanda

Kodi mlandu wofuna kugwila munthu amageba ndidziwe abale kkkkk nanga ofuna kupeleka ziphuphu umakhala mlandu kapena ayi kkkk tsono umboni wa milandu ngati imeneyi imakhala chani mmmmmm ma judge akadalandila chiphuphu kuti ukhale umboni ku court ngati muja adachitila jane ansah ndi ma presiding officers kupaka tippex komwe anachokela osadziwika koma zinathera washout kkkkk

Ajijo
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Ajijo

You busy making your own judgement you people. Can’t you just wait for to this day.

Don Dada
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Don Dada

Meanwhile Bright Theu is representing DPP financier, Thom Mpinganjira through his firm Ritz Law. This is the firm that got that bogus warrant of arrest cancellation. This is the same Bright Theu who is representing Saulos Chilima in the election case.
I know there’s this whole confidentiality thing with lawyers, but I wouldn’t trust a lawyer on both sides in this case.
Chilima might have played us all

Nabanda
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Don Dada, you got it wrong. A lawyer is called to the bar to serve as a professional legal practitioner where justice is sought from either side of the political divide. In this regard, Theu is serving the interest of his client, rather a political grouping. I am not a lawyer hence no conflict of interest. What is clear is that professionals work independent of prevailing circumstances but in tandem with the profession’s Code of Conduct.

Jemusi
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Jemusi

Not true. Many lawyers seek money. The can change any time. I really wonder whether lawyers believe in ethics.

jogoda
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jogoda

my friend what ethics. u have client to save. infact my broither lawyers knows zisinsi za client wsake. it is up to the other party to bring evidence. that where ethics is all about. keep the secrets of ur client rather disclosing it

Sabata
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Sabata

Lawyer is doing business abwana.

chimulilenji
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chimulilenji

lawyer wa mpinganjira ndi mbeta abwana who told kuti ndi thewu ???????

Chilungamo Chimawawa
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Chilungamo Chimawawa

SHAME TO THIEVES AND CORRUPT:- DPP AND MALAWI ELECTROL COMMISSION!!!!

Alfred Minjo
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Alfred Minjo

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Observer
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Observer

The proposal by Malawi Law Society for a summary judgement is a bad one made in bad faith. People heard all the proceedings, listened to every witness. Judgement will be made on the same basis. So it is important that people listen to which piece of evidence was taken and which one disregarded.

In other words, it’s the reasoning behind the decision that will help people understand the judges otherwise regardless of the decision, people will ask more questions

jogoda
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jogoda

u cant understand judgement. only few will. maybe what they are saying is to put it in simple way for us to understand in a summary that contaiins all relevant infor. just read one of past judgements read it if ucan understand anything. my view is if its read asit is. we willrely on other analysis to analysis for us to to what is the out come

Malawian
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Malawian

DPP kale boma

Msambanjati
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Msambanjati

Ingokhalani chete a galu inu palibe waona judgment

mpanda
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mpanda

Galu ndiwe msambanjati sukuona ma game akuseweledwa ndi dpp ine sine wa dpp kapena mcp kaya utm or udf neither any political party but concerned Malawian and am not benefiting from any parties what am seeing is the games the dpp are playing sukudziwa chifukwa chimene pitala ali mpando wa u president ? Ndikulila ndi zimene zikumvekela mmmm udzandiuza m’bale ine si judge kuti dpp yawina mcp utm appealing lets wait msambanjati wakula watha uziona

Chechamba
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Chechamba

MALAWIANS WERE TAKEN THROUGH ALL THE EVIDENCE AND COURT PROCESSES IN A MOST TRANSPARENT MANNER SO SIMILARLY MALAWIANS EXPECT A FULL JUDGEMENT TO BE READ OUT IN COURT NOT A SUMMARY. MLS SEEMS TO BE A CONFUSED ORGANISATION SINCE MHANGO TOOK OVER THE PRESIDENCY.

mpanda
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mpanda

The case definitely has gone in favour of peter mutharika and the appealing is for the mcp see how these judges pretended to be innocent by saying they are some other people wanted to bribe them when one of them mpinganjira was quote as suspect see what happened til today the story ended there. Should you and i trust our judges. Anyway but an appealing will add more time to be waists but the prophecy came already about appeal waiting

Joni
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Joni

Patemba wanenanso kale lero mmmmmmm my God, why Malawi, why?????

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