26 August 2016 Last updated at: 6:54 AM

Govt angers opposition over Mchinji by-election postponement

Malawi’s opposition parties have expressed dismay over government’s decision to postpone the Mchinji West by-election following reports of financial mismanagement at Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

Jessie Kabwila

Kabwila:: Rails at govt.

Government said it has withheld funding for the elections to pave way for investigations into reports of squandering of public funds at the electoral body.

Reacting to the decision, three main opposition parties namely the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), People’s Party (PP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) have questioned the delay.

MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila faulted government for withholding funds for the polls arguing that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) “fears losing” the by-election.

“We are very disappointed with the postponement, because this is the second time, it is very clear that they went there and they fear they will loss miserably,” said Kabwila.

Concurring with Kabwila, PP spokesperson Ken Msonda also questioned the decision saying it is a “game played by the DPP” to frustrate the elections in fear of giving any seat to the opposition.

Ken Msonda People's Party Joyce Banda

Msonda: Says govt fears of losing the polls.

“Government is fearing that it will lose, the reasons given through MEC do not hold water. The mismanagement has been there before so to say they are postponing the election due to financial mismanagement, aah! Are they telling Sunday school children or what?” said Msonda.

On its part, UDF also expressed worry over the delay to investigate financial mismanagement at MEC arguing that the reports were revealed by the media last year.

MEC was to conduct a by-election following the death of Mchinji legislator Billy Kanjira Banda.

21 Comments On "Govt angers opposition over Mchinji by-election postponement"

  • Tito Phiri says:

    Wayiwelenga game opposition be alert

  • Mcp must watch with an eagle’s eye the proceedings koz dpp wants to bribe mec officals to back up its candidate eventually so to have a dpp mp in mchinji! LL north east saga to follow i bet!

  • Why now? Konse kuja simunapange postpone bwanji? Kungozindikira kuti dpp palibe chake basi postponement! Indeed dpp is evil, your downfall is coming soon than later, these Lucas Kondowes, mwanamvekas, Kaliyatis and Chapondas are plotting the greatest dpp downfall, God is not Mutharika. Bongu self exaltation was haulted by the owner of life, you called him lots of names, mose wa lero, mpulumutsi, ngwazi, etc but God redeemed us from this evil cunning self exalted man. I thought this his remaining brother learnt a lesson and the entire dpp but alass!! They are devils advocates. Mind you; the devil will betray you whatever circumstances the devil had never won any battle with the Father Almighty time is coming soon and very soon you will be defeated. God is always in control

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  • Kapangeni ngati muli ma dolo. Ngati simupanga ma dolo ndi a Boma

  • Inu a Opposition ngati muli ndi ndalama pangitsani chisankhocho,mumasowa zokamba eti?

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  • Sikoyamba kusintha tsiku lachisankho cha by-election

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  • Akupanga mantha

  • Boma lofoila ili.

  • Zokonza kale izi,munayamba kuphana kaye kenako postponement of by-elections,wy taking taxpayers for granted?Do u think we can take dat?go on,.

  • Is UDF in opposition? The reaction to the delay says much of where this party is in Parliament KKKKKKK