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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Rift Valley
Rift Valley
5 years ago

Paulendo DPP

Mcfield
Mcfield
5 years ago

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

Omex70
Omex70
5 years ago

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.

liwonde
liwonde
5 years ago

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

japhet sakhuta
japhet sakhuta
5 years ago

koma dpp yaziona

nyezelela
nyezelela
5 years ago

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

eric munanasa
eric munanasa
5 years ago

namasasu wagwanayo

Pension Nenereko
Pension Nenereko
5 years ago

ikakuwona litsiro sikata hahaha

Chilungamo Chimawawa
Chilungamo Chimawawa
5 years ago

DPP CHIPANI CHA MA MAFIA

Chalume
Chalume
5 years ago

This is getting interesting!!!

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