Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member of Parliament Vitus Dzoole Mwale has dragged the party to court over primary elections in Lilongwe Msozi South constituency in Lilongwe.
Dzoole Mwale lost the elections in the constituency to Liana Kakhobwe Chapota.
He however argues that there were irregularities during the polls hence Chapota should not be recognized as the winner.
Dzoole Mwale has since obtained an injunction to stop the party from recognizing Chapota as its 2019 parliamentary aspirant Lilongwe Msozi South.
“Let all parties appear before Honourable Nyirenda in chambers on 18 day of December, 2018 at 9 O’clock in the forenoon on the hearing of an application on the part of the claimant for an order restraining the defendant herein by way of injunction either by itself, its servants, agents or assignees whomsoever from continuing to recognize Ms. Liana Kakhobwe Chapota as the legitimate winner of the September 29 Malawi Congress Party elections, and, therefore as the party’s shadow Member of Parliament for Lilongwe Msozi South,” reads the court order.
Recently, constituency members asked the party hold a rerun of the primary elections.
Constituency chairperson Erick Kachama backed Mwale saying there were irregularities during the September 29 primaries which were presided over by Richard Chimwendo and Peter Chalera
He claimed that 48 out of 50 areas stood behind Dzoole Mwale during voting and Chimwendo announced that Mwale had won.
Kachama added that they were later shocked to learn through WhatsApp that the party had declared Chapota as the winner.
“Meanwhile, we were asking the party leadership for a re-run since we have followed all the procedures but we have not been assisted. We love the party and we know MCP is a listening party,” Kachama said.
MCP primary elections especially in the Central Region have been marred by irregularities and in some cases violence.