Kunje, Mathanga fired as MEC Commissioners for incompetence

Government has fired two Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioners Linda Kunje and Jean Mathamanga. According to letters addressed to the two Commissioners signed by Secretary to the Office of President and Cabinet Zangazanga Chikhosi which Nthanda Times has seen, Kunje and Mathanga have been fired following a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling on May 8 2020 which found them of being incompetent. Kunje and Mathamanga were appointed as MEC Commissioners by former Head of State Peter Mutharika on 7th June, 2020. “Your appointment as Electoral Commissioners announced on 7th June 2020 by the then President of the Republic of Malawi, Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, is hereby rescinded with immediate effect. The rescission is on the basis that you were adjudged incompetent by the Supreme Court of Appeal on 8th May, 2020 in MSCA Constitutional Appeal no. 1 of 2020 regarding the manner in which you handled the 2019 General Elections,” reads the letter. Mathanga and Kunje : fired Government says the two Commissioners’ appointment was disqualified and rendered defective pursuant to Constitution of Malawi. “Consequently, by operation of the law and pursuant to section 75(3)(b) of the Constitution, your appointment as an Electoral Commissioner in light of the Supreme Court determination,” reads the letter. Linda Kunje and Jean Mathanga were alongside other MEC Commissioners including immediate Chairperson Justice Dr. Jane Ansah were found incompetent by Supreme Court of Appeal on 8 May 2020 for mismanaging 2019 General Elections which was marred by irregularities as said by Constitution Court. MEC and former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) appealed against Constitutional Court ruling which nullified 2019 Presidential results in 3 February 2020 for irregularities. Sharing is Caring!