The Center for Development and Economic Initiatives (CDEDI) has challenged the country’s judiciary to consider expediting the hearing on the matters surrounding the two fired Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lilongwe, CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa said if the matter is not handled properly, there are fears that the country will again go to polls.
“This development is not only disastrous, but very catastrophic, because should the courts nullify the June 23 Fresh Presidential Election, the country will again go to the polls for the third time in a space of three years,” feared Namiwa.
Namiwa added that Malawians also risk paying a very huge price if the two Commissioners successfully defend their appointments in Court.
“On the other hand, the 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,” said Namiwa.
He also faulted the blame game between the executive arm of government and the office of the Attorney General (AG).
He said; “Today, Malawians are witnesses of the gross impunity and executive arrogance that is being exuded by President Chakwera, who has, and continues to ignore and disrespect professional advice from constitutional offices such as the AG’s office.”
Meanwhile, the High Court is, next week, expected to hear the matter.