Street Views Ahead of ConCourt Judgement

It’s all ears to the courts the more the clock ticks away counting-down to the day of pronouncement of the Constitutional Court verdict on the presidential election case.

But of course, the views on the street appear cast the future of One hopes on the court.

One uniform thing is that people we spoke to in the City of Lilongwe look forward to all parties to the dispute accepting the court judgement.

Maxwell Mangwazo from Mtandile told us accepting the court decision will help ensure peace and order in the country.

“Personally, I will accept any court outcome. I wish all parties involved should do the same because this will end all differences among Malawians and bring peace and order,” said Mangwazo.

Another citizen, Davie Banda, agrees with Mangwazo on the need to accept the court judgement.

“People went to court because they knew that’s where they would get justice so they should accept what the court will say,” he says.

Despite this, there are also other people who feel accepting the judgment would not be automatic given events in the run-up to the final day.

Reports of alleged attempts to bribe judges is one issue in discussion in the public domain.

Lowland Chindamba thinks Malawians will be reluctant to accept the court final decision.

“The judges should take caution, at first people trusted that the judiciary will deliver justice but what happened recently when some people attempted to bribe the judges, I doubt if people will accept the judgement.”

Concurring with Chindamba, a lady who did not want her identity revealed said the way authorities are handling the alleged attempt to bribe judges reduces people’s trust in the way the final outcome of the constitutional court.

“It will not be that easy for people to take the judgement. The way the attempted bribery case on the judges is being handled leaves a lot to be desired.”

The five high court judges Healy Potani, Michael Tembo, Dingiswayo Madise, Redson Kapindu and Ivy Kamanga, sitting as constitutional court are expected to pronounce verdict on the matter any day between 27 January and 3 February.

Meanwhile political parties involved in the case Democratic Progressive and Malawi Congress say they stand ready for the court judgement, either way.

MCP spokesperson Rev. Maurice Munthali says they hope to get the justice they are looking for.

“All we are anticipating from the constitutional court is justice to be ushered upon Malawians that is what we have been telling our followers. We emphasize this because justice does not have any negative face and so it will be embraced by everyone,” said Munthali.

This is what DPP spokesperson Nicolas Daus said, “The constitution demands that the court are the arbiters so DPP will respect the judgement.”

In this case, UTM leader Saulos Chilima and his MCP counterpart Lazarus Chakwera petitioned the court to nullify 21 May 2019 presidential election results in which Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declared Peter Mutharika winner citing numerous illegalities in the election management process.

The court heard the case in 61 days where a total of 15 witnesses from all the four parties testified. The court has 45 days from 20 December to give its judgement. Last week, High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal Registrar Agness Patemba said the five judge-panel will come with the final decision any day between 27 January and 3rd February.

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