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“MK9 bn MEC legal fees be reduced as will punish taxpayers”-Malawi human rights activist Mwakasungula

MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-The country’s Human rights and governance advocate Undule Mwakasungula has appealed to the 2019 presidential elections case petitioners’ legal team to revise its 9 billion kwacha legal fees against Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) saying it is a punishment not to MEC but taxpayers.

Mwakasungula has said this through his press release on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

In his release, the former boss for the Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) said the petitioners’ legal team would have put in consideration the economic hardship that Malawians are passing through especially when coming up with their claim.

According to his release, since the 2019 elections outcome to date Malawians have been suffering because of the political violence which has affected them economically due to destruction of their businesses and recently with Covid-19 pandemic.

While emphasizing that democracy is expensive, Mwakasungula said it will be the taxpayers suffering as they are supposed to fund the fresh elections and at the same time pay that huge bill to the petitioners.

“Yes, you are entitled to that however, as a concerned taxpayer, I am pleading with you to reduce the amount. Paying that amount will be like a punishment to taxpayers because of the economic hardship Malawians are passing through. Donors who were expected to support the fresh elections have turned down due to Covid-19 therefore it will be the taxpayers who will fund the election and pay MEC legal fees,” reads part of the release.

Meanwhile Mwakasungula has also rebuked MEC decision to hire foreign lawyers saying the development would have burdened Malawians financially.

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