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29 election-related cases filed

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By Bethsaida Msowoya:

Atupele Muluzi

Since the onset of this year’s electoral calendar, 29 election-related cases have so far been filed in the High Court, with those expressing dissatisfaction with the outcome of the May 21polls dominating the register.

The document that Malawi News has sourced and has been confirmed by Registrar of High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal Agnes Patemba shows that the cases were filed before, during and after the elections.

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The details on the document indicate that 12 cases have been filed at the principal registry, seven at Lilongwe, three at Zomba and seven at Mzuzu.

Some of the prominent political figures that have commenced court proceedings are Atupele Muluzi, president of United Democratic Front (UDF) and his running mate in the presidential elections Frank Tumpale Mwenefumbo, who are protesting the parliamentary poll results in their respective constituencies of Machinga North East and Karonga Central, respectively.

Also on the list is former Cabinet minister Grace Chiumia who failed to retain his seat in Nkhata Bay West Constituency.

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Muluzi, who also served as minister of Health in the previous Cabinet, has filed an application with the court against Alhaji Anjilu Kalitendere after suffering defeat.

In an interview yesterday, however, Muluzi expressed ignorance on the matter saying he has not filed any application with court on elections

“I am not aware of any court challenge by me,” Muluzi said.

Another case of interest is that of Mwenefumbo, who, despite conceding defeat last week, has rushed to the courts to seek legal redress against his long-time political rival Cornelius Mwalwanda, who has won on Malawi Congress Party (MCP) ticket.

When contacted, Mwenefumbo admitted to have filed an application with the court but denied to comment further arguing that the case is under judicial consideration.

“We don’t want media trial currently; let the court handle all the madandos before the case is open for public discussion. As it stands, the case is subjudice,” Mwenefumbo said.

In another related case, Democratic Progressive Party’s Chiumia has also dragged Malawi Electoral Commission to court over parliamentary poll results.

Chiumia declined to comment on the matter and further asked us not to talk to her lawyers.

Chiumia has been dislodged by Chrispin Mphande of UTM.

“I cannot comment on that because I am not interested to do so,” Chiumia said.

Apparently, reports indicate that Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda has certified that the case in which MCP’s president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM’s Saulos Chilima are asking for nullification of results as a constitutional matter.

High Court Judge Charles Mkandawire Tuesday issued an order that the two cases be merged as the two parties have similar grievances.

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