Tonse to challenge reappointment of 2 in new MEC: Dean of law says ‘nothing illegal’

UTM publicist Joseph Chidanthi Malunga says Tonse alliance will be challenging the reappointment of two commissioners from the immediate past cohort declared incompetent by the courts  into the  new constituted Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

UTM Party spokesman Chidanti Malunga: We will seek courts intervention

President Peter Mutharika on Sunday hired a new MEC which saw Jean Mathanga and Angellina Kunje back at the pollster.

But Malunga said this was an anomaly since both the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court ruled that the previous commission was incompetent.

He said Tonse alliance lawyers were finalizing court paper work to challenge the appointments.

Malawi Congress Party  (MCP) publicity secretary Maurice Munthali faulted  the President for appointing more Democratic Progressive Party  (DPP) members into the commission.

DPP has two commissioners the same as  Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

The two representatives of MCP in the commission are former Nkhotakota South legislator Olivia Liwewe and corporate governance expert Anthony Mukumbwa.

Other commissioners are private practice lawyer Arthur Nathuru—who previously served at MEC on United Democratic Front (UDF) ticket and Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn) chairperson Steven Duwa.

They have been appointed for their experience to electoral management.

The new MEC is headed by High Court Judge Chifundo Kachale.

Meanwhile,  University of Malawi’s Chancellor College dean of law Sunduzwayo Madise  has said there was nothing illegal about the retention of the commissioners, saying it might have political implications other than legal.

“This is a political issue. It is about the trust. For institutional memory it was good to retain some commissioners,” he said.

Malawi is scheduled to hold fresh presidential election by within 150 days expiring on July 3.

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Good critic Mtamba
Good critic Mtamba
1 year ago

Whatever I just want the whole issue to finish that’s all

Wawa
Wawa
1 year ago

Forget court cases. Focus on ur campaign. Time is running out pretty fast. Mungazalirenso. Muntharika has done nothing wrong. He has Clearly acted within his powers. Nothing illegal in appointing same old Commissioners.

Mcp mbuli
Mcp mbuli
1 year ago

Kumangolubwa lubwa zili zonse cholinga mukaluza muzizaliranso

Medson
Medson
1 year ago

Nyekhwetheeeeeeeeeeeee,,,,,,,,3 more mps from blue camp relocate to opposition side in parliament today two months after another 4mps relocated to opposition benches

Chenike Mei
Chenike Mei
1 year ago

Very good UTM/MCP tiyeni nawoni amenewa we must ensure we close down all loopholes asapeze pobelela

Medson
Medson
1 year ago

Failed dpp,,,,,,,,

Malawi belong to the citizens

For institution memory? Do you take a thief to provide institution memory.Munthalika ama wina mobera.These two women are not good enough,they have to go.If other commissioners have packed their bags, these too must go.Munthalika is a thief,aka K145 million.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
1 year ago

Just leave that story & concentrate on winning the elections. So many games were won with a biased referee

Peter Goliati
Peter Goliati
1 year ago

The women were individually declared incompetent by the courts and the PAC of parliament. According to the constitution, they can no longer competently hold positions of trust in the nation . Institutional memory is not in the hands of these ugly women. That’s the more reason MEC has a secretariat, as a custodian of institutional memory. These women will now frustrate anything that could see DPP lose the election. They owe their lives to APM and they will defend him through and through . I would encourage MCP to really push for the appointment of one more Commissioner. Otherwise they… Read more »

Mofati belo
Mofati belo
1 year ago

Only Jane ansah and chifundo kachale have PhD in laws. The rest are ndi mphale and I wouldn’t be surprised if they agree with the latest nonsense from tonse alliance. Mbutuma zenizeni

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