By Mphatso John Sam – Mana.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has demanded that the five panel of judges that were hearing the controversial presidential elections case be investigated for nullifying the results of May 21 tripartite elections.
Chaired by Justice Healey Potani, the judges; Dingiswayo Madise, Ivy Kamanga, Mike Tembo and Redson Kapindu, accused Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) of failing to apply constitutional duties and that the irregularities were so glaring and the credibility of results was in question.
According to the petition delivered to Blantyre City Council Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Alfred Chanza on Monday by DPP Secretary General, Grezelder Jeffrey, the party is asking for “authorities to safeguard and restore the democratic justice which is under threat.”
In the petition, DPP seeks legal redress on 10 concerns including high level of hypocrisy by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) by nullifying the results, no evidence by ConCourt on use of tippex and tampering of tally sheets affecting the results,
No evidence by ConCourt on unauthorized persons found with ballot paper, lies by United Transformation Party (UTM) on arrest of persons and monitors and failure to transport ballot papers with security personnel as well as allegation of forged signatures on results sheets, according to the petition.
“The DPP is worried about allegations that some judges of the ConCourt received bribes and were involved in corrupt dealings in order to bend the judgment in favour of the petitioners. We demand a probe on the alleged family relations between some judges and the petitioners.
“As DPP, we can verifiably identify family links between Saulos Chilima and Justice Dingiswayo Madise. We therefore demand for the panel of judges to be investigated to remove any perception that judges are either sympathizers of opposition politics or worked and succumbed to pressure from violent demonstrators,” reads the petition.
Speaking to journalists after giving the petition to BCC, Henry Mussa said: “We felt apprehended in that judgment, how can the same judge be the judge, the complainant and the referee. Up until now the judgment that was delivered by ConCourt is not pleasing.”
Speaking after receiving the petition from DPP, Chanza said; “I have received the petition and I will deliver it to High Court to be received by the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda as instructed by you.”