High Court throws out Mwenefumbo-Mwalwanda election case

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High Court in Mzuzu has dismissed a case in which Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) parliamentary candidate for Karonga Central Constituency, Frank Mwenefumbo was challenging the victory of Cornelius Mwalwanda.

Mwenefumbo: he was challenging poll results Mwenefumbo: he was challenging poll results

Judge Thomson Ligowe, in his ruling, said Mwenefumbo, who was also UDF runningmate in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, has failed to present evidence and prove that there were irregularities during the elections in the constituency.

This comes barely a month after High Court Judge, Kenyatta Nyirenda, also dismissed Tay Grin’s application to nullify election results for Lilongwe City Centre Constituency.

Tay Grin, whose real name is Limbani Kalilani, lost elections in the constituency to Alfred Jiya of Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

In late June this year, High Court Judge Jack N’riva also refused to grant another Parliamentary contestant for Nsanje South West Hellen Buluma, her wish to have the victory of her rival Ntiza Valera nullified on grounds that there were massive irregularities, which included an allegation that Valera, who contested on an independent ticket, campaigned after the closure of the campaign window.

But N’riva said Buluma, DPP, failed to give tangible evidence that Valera campaigned after the closure of the campaign window.

Meanwhile, a High Court in Mangochi is set to continue hearing a case in which MCP shadow MP Gerard Kazembe is challenging the victory of Ralph Jooma in  Mangochi Monkeybay  Constituency.

Judge Maclean Kamwambe had adjourned the case to August 9.

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