By Nganati

Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Justice Dorothy Nyakaunda has thrown out the application by Kondwani Nankhumwa, Grezelder  Jeffrey and Cecilia Chazama who were challenging Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika’s decision to remove them from their positions in the party.

The two wanted an interim relief against Mutharika’s decision as well as a nullification of the resolutions made during a national governing council meeting held on December 13 last year in Mangochi.

However, Nyakaunda has thrown out the application with costs.

The Supreme Court’s ruling sustains the ruling of the High Court which last week also dismissed a similar application by the trio. High Court Judge Howard Pemba said the trio’s political rights were not violated by Mutharika’s decisions.Last month, Mutharika appointed Kondwani Nankhumwa as presidential advisor after removing him from his position as vice president-south. The DPP leader also removed Cecilia Chazama from her position as director of women and appointed her as presidential advisor while the party’s secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey was appointed as vice president-centre.

In their challenge , the three argued that Mutharika has no power to remove them from their original positions because they were elected to the positions during the party’s convention in 2018.

When re-assigning the three, Mutharika said he used Article 10[8] of the DPP constitution which says the president has powers to assign a member of DPP national governing council to any public or political office.

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