BLANTYRE--The Malawi High Court has once again ruled in favour of Chris Daza, who was suspended by reinstating him to full membership of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
The High Court in Lilongwe passed the ruling on Wednesday behind the back of MCP lawyer, Wapona Kita, who has since indicated that will seek court re-trial.
MCP suspended Daza barely after a month when the High Court ordered the party to reinstate him after he was fired both a member and secretary general for allegedly expressing interest in the party’s presidential seat.
Wednesday’s ruling, according to Daza’s lawyer Wesley Namasala, reinstates Daza as both a member and secretary general of the party.
“The court noted that MCP flouted its constitution when it suspended Daza, hence the ruling to reinstate him to full member of the party, technically is the secretary general of the party,” said Namasala on Thursday.
But lawyer representing MCP Wapona Kita expressed ignorance of the ruling, saying he was not aware that there was hearing of the case on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.
“How can the High Court pass the ruling in absence of the defendant? All parties supposed to available in court but surprisingly we were not aware of the Wednesday’s hearing let alone the ruling,” asserted Kita, before indicating that he will apply for re-trial.
Initially, Daza was suspended after he presented a petition to the party dated August 1 2011, with signatures of office bearers calling for the convention to elect a new leader. He also wanted the convention to inform the membership on finances.
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