LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – Officials from the office of Ombudsman say they will release a report on an investigation into how Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) hired a team of South African lawyers to represent it in the presidential election appeal case at the Supreme Court of Appeal.
This followed the nullification of the 2019 presidential election.
Mr Arthur Semba, the spokesperson for the Office of Ombudsman says among others, the investigation reviewed whether the costs for the hiring of the lawyers, Mboweni Maluleke Inc Attorneys, for a contract sum of $788 500 (about K600 million) was justifiable.
Half of the money had to be paid in advance on or by March 13, 2020, and whether the country’s procurement laws were followed.
The lawyers never participated in the hearing due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and the Malawi Law Society also opposed their hiring.