JCSPGG petitions Malawi court on Chilima- Judicial staff meet

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The country’s Joint Civil Society Platform on Good Governance (JCSPGG) on Wednesday requested the High Court to carry out an investigation into the meeting between Judicial Staff led by the Publicity Secretary of the Judicial Workers Union, Andy Haliwa and Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima that took place at the residence of SKC on 2nd January this year.

According the the letter, JCSPGG has been notified that those who attended the meeting were given money by the First Petitioner, SKC as part of logistics coverage and thanking them for not staging any strike during the proceedings of the electoral case.

This has raised some questions as JCSPGG find the timing problematic considering the fact that the case is still in court and those who were in attendance are part of the team that is expected to deliver justice in this case.

“While freedom of association is guaranteed in the country, this association raises more serious concerns than a normal meeting would.

“We can therefore not independently confirm if the meeting was about thanking them for no strike, it’s a fact that the courts are still working on the case and even after its determination, parties will have a right to appeal and the staff to assist in that process are the same.

Adds the statement, “We can’t rule out sabotage of the court process, hence the need for the encounter to be investigated,” reads part of the letter”.

There was no immediate reaction from UTM leadership on the matter.

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