Supreme Court of Malawi orders Lilongwe election rerun to go ahead: MCP celebrate with Msungama

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal   has ordered that Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to conduct a rerun of the Lilongwe City South East election where Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate, Ulemu Msungama, disputed the results which declared Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Bentley Namasasu winner.

Msungama making a call as MCP supporters celebrate. -Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Msungama challenged in the High Court the results of the May 20 2014  Tripartite Elections parliamentary race in the constituency on the basis that his votes were counted as the DPP candidate’s.

In October 2014 High Court judge Esme Chombo ordered the electoral body to conduct fresh parliamentary elections in the constituency.

But DPP’s Namasasu appealed to  the Supreme Court.

In their determination, apanel of three judges; Justice Edward Twea, Justice Lovemore Chikopa and Justice Anthony  Kamanga upheld the High Court’s decision  that there should be a rerun.

They also faulted MEC for the fraudlent election results.

The judges also ordered Namasasu of DPP to pay costs of the court battle.

Msungama, among others, queried the disproportionate number of null and void votes and shortage of 100 ballot papers which were unaccounted for.

In the election held on May 20 2014, Namasasu got 10 956 votes against Msungama’s 10 854, a difference of 98.

Lawyer representing Msungama, John-Gift Mwakhwawa,  said he was pleased that at the end justice has been dispensed.

While Namasasu’s lawyer, Chancy Gondwe, could not immediately comment.

Msungama said he was happy the court continues to vindicate him and he was more than ready for the rerun.

After the ruling MCP supporters mobbed Msungama and celebrated “victory to democracy”.

“We have been vindicated that the thieves had stolen our election victory. That is why they had torched the MEC ware house to destroy evidence. There are thieves of elections, thieves of cash, thieves of maize, thieves of tractors, thieves of progress, thieves of integrity and thievs of good governance,” said a jubilant MCP official who was flanking Msungama.

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21 thoughts on “Supreme Court of Malawi orders Lilongwe election rerun to go ahead: MCP celebrate with Msungama”

  1. Rift Valley says:

    Paulendo DPP

  2. Mcfield says:

    This is what we have been waiting for. Big up Msungama !!!

  3. Omex70 says:

    This is what every good thinking Malawian was waiting for. Justice has finally been done. The writing is on the wall for everyone to see and read. This DPP led government is like a thorn in the flesh and we thank God that He has taken a step which will eventually lead us to freedom.

  4. liwonde says:

    koma chisankhocho chichitikaliti poti kuMEC ambiri ndi mbava zomwezi ndikuona ngati nthawi yatha chipita ku 2019 komweko ndithu!!!

  5. japhet sakhuta says:

    koma dpp yaziona

  6. nyezelela says:

    Chancy Gondwe ndi Nkhope yake yotupa yija sangawine ku Supreme Court. Ameneyo ku Magistrates Court basi. John Gift Mwakhwawa is a brilliant Lawyer

  7. eric munanasa says:

    namasasu wagwanayo

  8. Pension Nenereko says:

    ikakuwona litsiro sikata hahaha

  9. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    DPP CHIPANI CHA MA MAFIA

  10. Chalume says:

    This is getting interesting!!!

  11. likoma says:

    i respect you judges. This is a dream i wish toi respect you judges. This is a dream i wish to attain in all departments. intergrity attain in all departments. intergrity

  12. Mphukila pa Ndale says:

    Kukadakhala mayiko azungu, kunali kuzitaya basi APM. Koma poti ndi Malawi. Azikwawabe. Koma apa nde kungolimba mtima poti mamuna salira. Zisikuyenda big. Namasasu amugwira chokodzera basi. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. Usovenge.

  13. Apao Kugola says:

    Shaa Okhoyo Take Cover. Koma DPP abale sizikuyendatu apa. I am beginning to enjoy the court rulings now. DPP kuyesera kugula ma District Chairpersons of MCP to force the party to conduct early convention koma court linangoti shut up ana osavinidwa inu. If ACB could be initiated properly such that all thieves should be targeted and not only the opposition, it democracy could fast return to Malawi.

    Kwana lyosi namyaka.

    The Fearless Samurai
    (Jwampiriu)

  14. Mudzamva liti says:

    Mbava zikugwidwabe. Zimene mwaba zikuchluka; elections, cash, tractors,maize, eeiiiiiishi

  15. Santana says:

    May be Chakwera should also dispute the presidential votes. Who knows, there can be a re-run.

  16. THYOLO THAVA says:

    This is Supreme Court. Nde kaya mupita kuti inu a DPP? Ku UN? AU Court?
    Msungama Woyeeeeeee

  17. Murupale pa Thyolo says:

    Ife a DPP sitiimva imeneyi. Tiotcha munthu tsopano. iiisaaah

  18. Dodolido says:

    Kumulakwira Ulemu. Justice delayed is justice denied. Namasasu abweze ndalama zonse zimene anatenga as MP.

  19. Matandani says:

    Shaaa, Namasasu to pay legal costs as well, he has wasted his time and energy, ndikadabwa ine kuti moti mmene moyo ukulimbira mutown muno DPP candidate ndikuwina. This was an open and closed case because they were mafia activities connected to the election results. Warehouse munaotcha to conceal evidence.

  20. COLBY says:

    INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY INDEED

    1. DPP MBOLA says:

      DPP ndiye ndimbola tsopono. They burnt theMEC warehouse, now they have lost the case. They burnt Agriculture office, Chaponda was caught with the stolen cash under his pillow. Now what are are they going to burn? State house? ha ha ha

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