Vuwa Kaunda demands K600m compensation from MEC

The June 2021 by-election reinstated member of Parliament (MP) for Nkhata Bay Central Constituency, Symon Vuwa Kaunda, is demanding demanding a whooping K600 million compensation from the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) for the psychologic, physical and economic trauma he suffered from the election case against his contender, Ralph Mhone.

Vuwa Kaunda has since hired Mbulo Attorneys At Law who have since notified MEC about the claim.

The lawyers, in the notice to MEC, which Nyasa Times has seen, are blaming MEC for the psychologic, physical and economic trauma their client suffered in order to vindicate himself that he won the election May 2019.

Vuwa Kaunda lays his demand

The lawyers further allege that the pollster was negligent and reckless in following laid down procedures as provided for in the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act on how to conduct an election, adding that his second sounding victory did not come on a silver platter.

“It should also be brought to your attention that our client had to seek the intervention of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights in Arusha in Tanzania just to defend his victory as a member of Parliament for Nkhata Bay Central Constituency. On 30th June, 2021, your institution conducted the fresh elections in Nkhata Bay Central Constituency and our client emerged victorious again now winning with a greater margin of over 260 votes, silencing all the critics, including Raphael Joseph Mhone,” says Mbulo.

He say had it been that your institution was diligent in the discharge of its statutory duty as provided in the PPEA, Vuwa Kaunda’s first victory in the 2019 could not have been nullified by the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal on 21st April, 2021.

“Therefore, after considering all the necessary factors and the relevant laws, we find that your institution is liable for the suffering that our client has undergone due to your recklessness in the discharge of your duties. Thus, on behalf of our client, we hereby demand from you the sum of MK600, 000, 000.00 (Six Hundred Million Kwacha) to be paid within 14 days from the date hereof. Otherwise, we shall be left with no any other option, but to commence legal proceedings against you in the High Court of Malawi,” warns Mbulo.

In a separate interview on Tuesday, Vuwa Kaunda confirmed demanding the compensation.

“That is true. I want to be compensated by MEC. I suffered physical, psychological and economic torture to defend and reclaim my seat. All of this happened because of MEC negligence,” he said.

MEC Director of Media and Public Relations Officer, Sangwani Mwafulirwa, said the Commission has not received the notice yet.

“We don’t have a record of that demand letter at MEC. So, I cannot comment. When we get it, as usual, we will use the official channels to give our responses. It will be up to the addressee to make them public or not,” said Mwafulirwa.

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Emerson Lungu
Emerson Lungu
1 month ago

Inetu ndimawona ngati MEC was defendant in that case since? Who declared him as a winner in the first Election? By the way can u be a candidate in any Election without suffering from psychological, physical and financial trauma? What kin

Assed
1 month ago

If we continue this way of milking the government through legal issues, I don’t think we will prosper together as one. If we r to represent the people, let’s be real. Selfishness will take us nowhere. Let’s be the real citizens of this nation, starting from the top to the ordinary citizens. I’ve observed that its becoming a tradition. Or else balance the scales of justice.

Kamchiputu
1 month ago

Between the High Court and the Supreme Court of Apeal who erred? Why not sue the Supreme Court because their determination miscarried in this partivular case. The High Court in Mzuzu upkheld Vuwa as the rightful winner, but Mhone being Mhone, the higher court favoured him, instead of going by the judgement of the High court.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

This Vuwa also is a comedian for real. Arusha and now psychological trauma….maloto saatha ayi. Tiyeni nazoni

Time Changes, be dynamic
Time Changes, be dynamic
1 month ago

Has Vuwa ever been near k600m in his life? Is he wanting to cause financial, physical and mental or physiological trauma for himself????? Arrest him!! Period!! This is tantamount to committing suicide. This is an example of lack of patriotism among our political leaders. They are there to fatten themselves and not to serve the people.

Winston Msowoya
Winston Msowoya
1 month ago

Malawians,it means your government has Trillions of money to spend on VUWA massively instead of repairing vanquished national roads especially in the forgotten MPOTO.And how about national roads and hospitals and about creating jobs for our jobless citizens? Nonetheless,politics in Malawi is about MONEY and not TRANSPARENCY.As Iam writing,bloody Mphonongo Banda had left billions of money that was enough to build roads in every REGION of our country tragically,this billion of money,is surrounding rich nations of the WORLD.And in Malawi,VUWA KAUNDA is demanding this amount of money to play games with it.Look how KAUNDA’S body is.He is not even caring… Read more »

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
1 month ago

Koma misonkho ya amalawi ili pa moto

Chukuemeka
Chukuemeka
1 month ago

Koma yahhhhh njiradi zolemelera nzambiri ati chani, K600 mil? 🤦‍♂️

kheza
kheza
1 month ago

wajinyiengi Vuwa. ache kumulilya wena mbulo. kikiki tiyeni nayoni we ndi ndalama zinandi wakuba ku lands yo. Election yaki niyi wakuwina. the by election was even worse. Mhone needs to sue Vuwa too for being allowed to campaign after closing and openly distributing items. Zikhale @ late Martha ferried people from their constituency to vote Vuwa. Vuwa was buying Mhones supporters with K10,000 each not to go for voting.

President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
1 month ago

A big di ndinudi chimachine di

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