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Jane Ansah denied exit to Zambia

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The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services Monday denied former Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah exit into Zambia where she was expected to board a plane to the United Kingdom.

Ansah wanted to exit the country through Mchinji Border Post.

Spokesperson of the Immigration Department at Mchinji Border Post Madalitso Banda said the former Mec Chairperson was denied exit into Zambia because she did not have a clearance from the government as required.

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“It is true that we denied the former Mec Chairperson Justice Dr Jane Ansah exit into Zambia. She said she wanted to go to Zambia where she wanted to board a plane to the UK. What happened is that she did not have a clearance from government as is required by senior officials like her.

“We inquired from our superiors and a decision was made to reject her passage into Zambia. There is no any other reason but that she did not have the clearance,” Banda said.

Ansah did not pick our calls when we sought to get her comment on the matter.

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Ansah resigned as Mec Chairperson after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a Constitutional Court judgement which nullified the presidential election which she presided over last year.

During her tenure, Ansah had also expressed reservations on the commission’s ability to organise the fresh presidential as ordered by the courts within the stipulated 150 days apparently because time was not enough.

However, her successor Chifundo Kachale led Mec to deliver the election on June 23, 10 days before the expiry of the 150- day period. Various stakeholders described the election as one of the most transparent and credible in Malawi’s history.

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