May 18, 2021

CDEDI says Malawi’s image Brutally Bruised

The Centre for Democracy and Development Initiatives [CDEDI] has challenged the immediate past ruling DPP and the two MEC Commissioners, Miss Angelina Linda Kunje and Dr. Jean Mathanga move to court in order to clear the current legal quandary the country has found itself in.

CDEDI believes that doing so would put the matter to rest once and for all, since the blame game between the executive arm of Government and the Office of the Attorney General has dragged on for far too long and without any tangible action.

The organization is challenging both the opposition DPP and the two Commissioners to live by their word and indeed move to court on the matter, since the two parties have publicly expressed interest to do so with the former ruling party going as far as claiming that the June 23 2020 court sanctioned Fresh Presidential Elections [FPE], risk being nullified following the firing of the two MEC Commissioners.

In the statement dated 15th April 2021 signed by its Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa, CDEDI says on 13 February 2021, it wrote President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera warning him to tread carefully on the issues involving the appointment of the two MEC Commissioners, reminding the President to respect the rule of law and the Republican Constitution.

CDEDI says today, Malawians are witnesses of the gross impunity and executive arrogance that is being exuded by President Dr. Chakwera, who has and continues to ignore and disrespect professional advice from constitutional offices such as the Attorney Generals.

The organization says this development is not only disastrous, but very catastrophic because should the courts nullify the June 23 2020 Fresh Presidential Elections [FPE], the country will again go to the polls for the third in a space of 3 years saying tax payers also risk paying a very huge price through their nose, should the two Commissioners successfully defend their appointments in the court of law.

…”It is very clear that Malawi’s image is being bruised and brutally battered, following this unnecessary public fight between the executive arm of government and the Attorney General’s office, and CDEDI believes is as a result of some selfish political interests, on the part of the President…,’’ reads the statement in part.

CDEDI is challenging the Judiciary to consider expediting the hearing on the matters so that Malawi should move on as a country, asking the courts to bring this matter to rest once and for all, saying the time for doing this is now. 

The organization says it seems Malawians have been vindicated by the DPP which is of the view that President Dr. Chakwera has shot himself in the foot by his decision to fire the two MEC Commissioners that were part and parcel of the decisions made by the current cohort 6 of the Malawi Electoral Commission [Mec], including the elections of the incumbent president and all the By-elections held in various constituencies and wards across the country.

By Vincent Gunde

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