Shock as Justice Mbendera no more: Malawi polls chair dies after collapse at meeting

Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera collapsed during a meeting in Lilongwe on Thursday and was pronounced dead hours later.

Justice Maxon Mbendera: We need research on voter apathy

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Mbendera, was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation by first aiders and taken to the City Centre clinic,  but he died while doctors attempted to save his life.

“His heart had almost stopped by the time he reached hospital,” said a hospital source.

Judiciary spokesman Mlenga Mvula and MEC spokesman Sangwani Mwafulirwa both confirmed the sudden death of the Supreme Court justice.

“We are in grief,” Mvula said.

While Mwafulirwa said: “It’s shocking death.”

Many people will remember Mbendera as a man who broke down in tears as he presided over the announcement of presidential results in 2014.

He confessed that he had an emotional attack after realising that he was about to make a declaration that would spark wild celebrations for the winning party when one family elsewhere was mourning.

Mbendera was referring to the man who died in Mangochi during electoral protests earlier in the day.

“I was there making a statement on the elections and there was a family in Mangochi. The death in Mangochi was unnecessary. The party they were protesting for, United Democratic Front (UDF), was trailing fourth, so what was the protest all about?” he asked.

Mbendera said he was afraid that the violence in Mangochi would escalate nationally, saying: “I feared nationwide bloodshed.”

However, many claimed he wept because he realised he made announcement that President Peter Mutharika won the elections which were controversial and fraudulent.

Mbendera indeed wept and that is history, now the nation will shed tears and mourn the learn legal brains and a gentleman of high repute.

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Ungwelu
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This is very sad. He was a good person in very bad environment. May his soul RIP

mtayamakoko
Guest

May his soul rest in peace, Almighty Lord, being a true friend to everybody, comfort the family and children

Death Peoples Party (DPP)
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Death Peoples Party (DPP)
Malawi Daily Mail MBENDERA POISONED BY DPP OPERATIVES  Information reaching our desk from City Centre Clinic shows that Justice Mackson Mbendera has been poisoned inside the office of Auditor General (AG) by operative of Democratic Progressing Party (DPP) in partner with Auditor General. It is further reported that with directive from above,Auditor General got money from Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and gave it to DPP which they used to purchase ten Toyota Fortuners for the party’s National Executive Committee members. Justice Mbendera was however pressurized to account for the money which he never used and refused to be used anymore… Read more »
mtayamakoko
Guest

May his soul rest in peace, Almighty God you being the only true friend comfort his family and children

akuka
Guest

Mwatisiyila moto munatipalilawu… Bwanji simunadikile tiothele limodzi mpaka nzaka 5 zithe.

Trendex
Guest

After his (Mbendera’s) death, there was money discovered in the pockets of police officers at Bunda Road Block. For more information, ask the Deputy Inspector General of Police who was doing the searching.

Mapwevupwevu
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Anthu a MCP amulodza!

Kenkkk
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May he rest in peace despite any human errors he might have made. This is a warning to you politicians or other important people that ignore putting in place excellent medical or health facilities in Malawi hospitals simply because you use tax payers money to get better treatment abroad while the rest of the country languishes. Mbemdera could have been saved if we had good medical facilities. Severe heart attacks can come any time before you even run abroad for treatment. You will be dead by then. So please concentrate on making our hospitals well equipped, next it will be… Read more »
Jok
Guest

I don’t think the nation is mourning. More like celebrating now. One by one let them go. Mulungu amanva!

Phiri
Guest

Up to that extent? What wrong did he do to you? If dpp anabera ma vote, its not him komanso no proof. His duty was to announce the results, thats all. Next its you! RIP Justice.

Njira ya mtanda
Guest

he played a role in rigging he had all the authorities to make the results credible, wafa basi zake izo

mpoloni
Guest

Mmmmh,

chilungamo chimawawa
Guest

PETER Mutharika must learn a lesson. Our God is not a sleeping God.

Bonafide
Guest

You too must learn as well

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