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MCP goes after Jean Mathanga, Linda Kunje

By Wezzie Gausi:

MVALO— This must go out clearly

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has gone to court for a judicial review on President Peter Mutharika’s decision to reappoint Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje back into the Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) as commissioners despite the courts and Parliament having found them incompetent.

MCP’s lawyer Titus Mvalo, while confirming the development, said the step taken might not affect the operations of Mec since the judicial review that the High court has granted MCP will not have an impact on the forthcoming presidential election as it is not a restraining order.

In an interview Monday, Mvalo said what the court has done is to accept the application to hear the case in which they are against Mutharika’s decision of maintaining Mathanga and Kunje as commissioners.

“This must go out clearly to the public that it is not an injunction, but rather it is just a judicial review. As it stands now, the date when the court will start hearing the case is not yet known.

“So we are 100 percent sure that the coming presidential election will not be affected because the court has not yet decided on the date for our case,” Mvalo said.

Chancellor College law professor Garton Kamchedzera said what MCP has done could be a calculated move where they know that it will not affect the forthcoming election.

After the expiry of contracts of the immediate-past team of Mec commissioners and the resignation of Jane Ansah as Mec Chairperson, Mutharika retained Mathanga and Kunje despite that both the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal had declared them incompetent to handle an election

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