Court rules on parliamentary election cases Tuesday

Godfrey Itaye

The High Court sitting in Blantyre is Tuesday expected to deliver its ruling on three 2019 parliamentary election challenges.

Two of the cases involve two Nsanje District constituencies while the remaining one is related to an election results dispute in Chikwawa District, all in the Southern Region.

In the cases, three Malawi Congress Party shadow members of Parliament, namely Foster Thipiwa of Chikwawa East, Enoch Chizuzu of Nsanje North and Kafandikhale Mandevana of Nsanje South Constituency, challenged the election of Sam Khumbanyiwa of United Democratic Front, Esther Mcheka Chilenje of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Francis Kasaila of DPP in their constituencies, respectively.


After both the petitioners and defendants rested their cases, Justice Sylvester Kalembera is set to deliver his ruling Tuesday.

“Take notice that the High Court of Malawi, Principal Registry, has appointed the second day of February 2021 at 10 o’clock in the forenoon or soon thereafter for the delivery of judgement for the matter herein before Justice Kalembera in open court,” the notice reads.

So far, the court has nullified elections in three constituencies of Phalombe North, Mangochi North East and Mangochi West.


In another development, former Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) director general Godfrey Itaye and two Macra senior managers Ben Chitsonga and Joseph Ngalawa are today set to appear before the Chief Resident Magistrate Court in Blantyre for plea-taking.

Itaye, who is now Lilongwe Water Board Chief Executive Officer, was arrested alongside the two for allegedly abusing office.

Former Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) chief executive officer Alexion Chiwaya, and another senior manager at Escom Dafter Namandwa, will also be appearing in court today.

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