UDF refutes canvassing to influence new MEC chairperson on management of rerun

The United Democratic Front (UDF) has refuted reports that it is canvassing to influence the conduct of the newly elected Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale, in the management of the of fresh presidential election by taking advantage of his district of origin.

Padambo:  UDF is proud of its trajectory in Malawi’s history 

A statement from unknown authors has been circulating on various social media fora, alleging that officials from UDF and its electoral partner, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), met on Thursday to discuss how they can reach out to Kachale in a possible working relationship in the management of the forthcoming fresh presidential election.

The statement, which the UDF has since dismissed as fake, alleges that the UDF Secretary General Kandionamaso Padambo, DPP’s Everton Chimulirenji and Mwayi Kamuyambeni – all who come from Ntcheu – are among officials tasked to engage the new MEC chairperson who comes from the same district with them.

The statement further says on Thursday morning, the team held a meeting at Namiwawa in Blantyre, with Padambo being among the attendees.

However, Padambo, issued a statement Thursday evening, refuting the allegations.

He emphasizes that he did not attend any meeting outside the party secretariat during the entire day on which the meeting is alleged to have been held.

“UDF would therefore like to refute most strongly that the circulating statement is false and aimed at damaging the personal standing and reputation of the party, which cannot permit its Secretary General to be involved in any meeting or activity aimed at undermining the institutions of our hard-earned democratic dispensation,” says Padambo in the statement.

He says UDF is proud of its trajectory in Malawi’s history beginning as an underground movement, which took its place in the vanguard of the forces that gallantly fought and defeated the one-party dictatorship to the time it became a duly registered political party that won the first multiparty elections in 1994.

“In view of that background that UDF highly values the independence, unfettered by an undue interference, of institutions such as the Malawi Electoral Commission to ensure that they uncompromisingly discharge the duties and responsibilities for which they were established to the expectation of Malawians,” stresses Padambo.

Padambo ends his epistle by condemning the wanton abuse of social media in propagating falsities aimed at damaging the standing and reputation of institutions and innocent individuals.

Meanwhile, MEC has gazzetted June 23, 2020, as the date Malawians will go to the poll to elect their new president following the annulment of the May 2019 presidential election by the Constitutional Court on March 3, 2020, and upheld by the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal on May 8, 2020.

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Medson
Medson
8 months ago

Game yamkulila baby campaign amusiyila yekha,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

dpp handed back to udf
8 months ago

What happens when APM dies in office like his brother? The vice president takes over. What happens when APM is incapacitated? The vice president takes over. Do you not see the reason why Atupele and udf are all over campaigning? They see this as an opportunity to reclaim dpp from udf. Bakili is still bitter with what Bingu did. Do you see APM finishing his term? No he is too old and very frail. There is no guess work. This is an alliance of lions and hyenas who can turn on each other.

Chidakwa ku China
8 months ago

Crooks are crooks. Can we trust dpp and udf? The two parties have caused untold suffering to Malawians since 1994. Schools are not there. Hospitals are not there. Public transport is not there and we rely on matola at Kameza, Biwi and Katoto. You call this a country?

Masoko
Masoko
8 months ago

A Chair Ali vocal Pano koma munva mmene kavutile Kansans pa 24 pa…. Inca litsipa…Taino ndi Covid yu tanva kale kuti akonza kale kuti Dr azikakhalila Ku BCA kuopa kuchipatala….munya tithana nanu

Mfumu yaikazi
Mfumu yaikazi
8 months ago

This rumour milling can distabilise a legitimate structure. We have people amongst us who are perpetual liars. They are hopeless.

Chi
Chi
8 months ago

No one from the north in the new mec …. is Mutharika punishing the north for the nullifying of the 2019 election…,,,Peter remember that the man is the head of the family and the wife is the neck of the family… when the neck turns the head follows suit

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
8 months ago

Olemba nkhaninu panopa mkuoneka kuti mwatopa nkhani zolemba zakutherani panopa mwangoyamba nkumapekano basitu. Last week munanamiza anthu kuti Jappie mhango and Ben phiri anapita kumaliro. Nokhanso nkumabweranso mkuti ayi nkhani ija tikupepesa inali ya boza. Nde iyi chotsaniponi apa musatinamizepo apa nfi zinthu zopanda umboni zanuzo. Go to hell foolish writing.

Vilhomwe Ndivimbuli
8 months ago

Koma DPP limbani mtima, kuluza sikutha kwa moyo koma chiyambi cha nyekhwe 🤣🤣🤣🤣
A Dzonzi angayankhule kanthu, vibwibwi vokhavokja, mbuzi

H E Nyaphapi One
8 months ago

Who doesn’t love bribes?

Malawi belong to the citizens

There is no smoke without fire,We know DPP and UDF alliance can not just down without trying to bribe the newly appointed MEC chairperson to favour them. Munthalika cannot win an election without bribes that is 100%.I believe that the meeting took place but coz ndipovuta Kut avomereze.They will try to convince him.To chofundo kachale,make sure that the decisions you take are of uniting the country other wise osatiputa.Change is coming.38% of DDP in the last election was fake one.Remember that at high court, you the importance of fighting corruption.Whatever, DPP and UDF alliance trying to do,turn them down their… Read more »

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