HRDC, MPs to meet over MEC commissioner

By Esnart Chingwalu

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) says it is ready to meet the Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament on the allegation that it presented over Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioner Richard Chapweteka for investigation.

This is coming as PAC has summoned HRDC to a meeting on Wednesday, 27 October this year, to present their witness to the body on the plea to fire MEC commissioner Richard Chapweteka on allegation that he is associating himself with political issues despite making oath as a commissioner.

Speaking to YONECO Online, HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence said HRDC is ready to provide evident to the matter and gives an obligation to PAC to make a judgement to it.

“As HRDC we are ready to present the information that we have concerning commissioner Richard Chapweteka and it will be up to PACĀ  to use the information for further investigations,” said Trapence.

However, Joyce Chitsulo, Public Appointments Committee chairperson confirmed to YFM that the meeting with HRDC will determine whether the body should authorize the firing of Chaphweteka or not.

“We have summoned HRDC to hear from on what the issues is all about from there we will invite Commissioner Chapweteka to hear his part on the matter,” said Chitsulo.

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