By Herbert Katanda
The high court in Lilongwe sitting on Friday has ruled that the election case should continue and dismissed Mutharika’s arguments to stop the case.
Five judges presiding over the issue have given a go ahead to MCP and UTM parties that they can bring their evidence at the court during the first hearing which is going to be conducted next week.
Among other things Peter Mutharika was demanding to have the place shifted from lilongwe to Blantyre and to dismiss the case saying MCP and UTN petitions were irregular.
At the first hearing MCP was attacked with the issue of fine which their rivals were claiming that they did not pay enough fund (21 thousand kwacha).
But the high court judges Haleay Potani,Dingiswayo Madise,Ivy Kamanga ,Redson Kapindu and Mike Tembo after scrutinizing the arguments presented by both sides went on with a judgement letting MCP and UTM members who attended the hearing to express joy buy shouting and chanting songs .
Speaking after the ruling MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera said he is happy and he would like to make Malawians aware of what happened during the 2019 tripartite election.
“We would like Malawians and the whole world to know what happened and let them see through.” Chakwera said.
Concurring with MCP leader, one of the petitioners, UTM leader Saulos Chilima clarified that his contenders have failed. Chilima said ” what I can say is that those who wanted to stop the issue have failed “.
The issue started on Wednesday and it was shifted to Friday 21st June. But the ruling was not without chaos as MCP and UTM supporters were throwing stones at the court premise which rose anger on the police officers to fire teargas but late calm came down when MDF soldiers arrived at the court.
MCP and UTM party members are still working hand in hand filing cases to court and demanding for the MEC chairperson Jane Ansah to resign.
Meanwhile MCP members are still protesting following the 2019 election results which saw Peter Mutharika returning the presidency.