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Malawi: MCP’s Gerald Kazembe Rejects Ralph Jooma’s Bankruptcy ‘Forgiveness’


Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Deputy Secretary General (SG), Gerald Kazembe, has trashed and laughed off the ‘forgiving spirit’ Mangochi Monkey lawmaker Ralph Jooma had demonstrated by instructing “my lawyer not to proceed with this petition purely on humanitarian grounds”.

Jooma told local media last week that he had ‘forgiven’ Kazembe from whom the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator was claiming over K20 million as legal costs in a case where the MCP Vice SG was challenging the election of the former in the May 2019 parliamentary elections.

In an interview with one of the local daily papers, the lawmaker said he had he would not proceed with his claim for the said amount ‘purely on humanitarian grounds’.

“I have instructed my lawyer not to proceed with this petition purely on humanitarian grounds,” said Jooma.

But this has not gone down well with Kazembe, who challenged that he did not need any forgiven because “my case against the Malawi Electoral Commission is not yet over on the election of Jooma”.

Kazembe stated that he still has a strong conviction that Jooma won the seat through a “shambolically managed 2019 election, using Tippex to illegally enter Parliament with 9, 341 Tippex aided votes against my 9, 052 votes”.

“For this alleged electoral fraud, I will not politically forgive Jooma unless the said fraud is rectified at the Supreme Court of Malawi where the case is awaiting court procedures to be litigated, this time to finality,” said Kazembe in an interview on Monday.