22 August 2016 Last updated at: 7:11 PM

Justice Minister knows what killed Mbendera

…Fingers pointing to DPP

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu has come out in the open saying he knows what killed Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera.

Maxon Mbendera

Maxon Mbendera died last week

It has widely been speculated that the MEC chair who was accused of siding with the DPP during the 2014 presidential elections had been poisoned after threatening to make public DPP’s interference in the electoral body.

Prior to his death, DPP cadets posted defamatory remarks on Facebook aimed at Mbendera. As the relationship with DPP reached irredeemable state, a well-known cadet accused Mbendera of engaging in extramarital affairs while in Lilongwe with the intention of damaging the latter’s reputation. The post which has now been deleted was posted a day before the tragic death.

A report compiled by one of the online publishers, Nyasa Times, claim that Mbendera was poisoned following a heated tirade with Minister of Agriculture, George Chaponda, who the ruling party is positioning to succeed President Peter Mutharika in 2019 elections. The MEC chair had reportedly threatened to make public information that would damage DPP’s prospects of retaining power.

“[Mbendera] challenged to spill the beans about abuses DPP was making through the electoral body,” claims Nyasa Times.

But Minister of Justice Mr. Tembenu said he was aware of the accusations levelled against DPP that the party has had a hand in Mbendera’s untimely death.

While brushing off the accusations, Tembenu surprised the gathering by disclosing that Mbendera had a sugar problem. He however said the party did not tamper with him, branding the accusations as “absurd”.

Mbendera will be remembered for publicly weeping on May 30, 2014 before declaring Peter Mutharika as winner of the presidential race in the 2014 elections. Born on November 4, 1958, he hailed from Ntcheu district.

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