The Blantyre High Court has set Tuesday as a day they will rule whether
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Jessie Kabwira will contest
in the Tripartite Elections as Member of Parliament (MP) or not.
Justice Mwaungulu set the date after lawyers Kassim Amuli representing
Jessie Kabwira and Noel Chalamanda representing Malawi Electoral
Commission (MEC) argued before the court on Tuesday.
Amuli argued that MEC decided to bar Kabwira without exercising the
right to be heard and that the body interpreted and applied the
electoral laws wrongly.
“Your Lordship, when one is granted leave of absence by the University
of Malawi, he or she is free to go into politics,” said Amuli.
On the other hand, Chalamanda argued that although Kabwira was granted
leave of absence, it doesn’t meant that she ceases to be a civil
servant. As it stands now, she is still a public officer,” he said