The Zomba Senior Resident Magistrate Court has granted bail to Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Commissioner Linda Kunje and his official driver Jones Tewesa in a case of criminal reckless and negligence.
The case relates to their obstructing of President Lazarus Chakwera’s convoy on Thursday last week.
Senior Resident Magistrate Hellen Chitsanzo Kachala has, among others, ordered the two to present bail bond in the sum of K100,000 each, two blood relations as surities and surrender travel documents.
There had been bad blood between Kunje and the Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse alliance since she was part of the MEC commissioners who were criticised of assisting the rigging of the 21 May 2019 tripartite elections.
She and her accomplices were however found incompetent by the Supreme court of appeal for negligence of office in managing the elections.
Surprisingly Kunje and other two Commissioners Jean Mathanga and Sam Alufandika were reinstated by the former DPP government to represent the 2020 re-run elections a development that received criticisms from other political parties but nevertheless went ahead to manage an election where the DPP lost to Tonse alliance.
Rumours were that the Chakwera’s administration never approved of the reinstated Commissioners and we’re not receiving their salaries since the coming in of the new government since their positions were rather political appeasements rather than competent based