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04LILONGWE376
2004-05-07 10:14:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Lilongwe
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GOM CASE AGAINST VP MALEWEZI DISMISSED

Tags:   PGOV  KDEM  MI 
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						UNCLAS LILONGWE 000376 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV KDEM MI
SUBJECT: GOM CASE AGAINST VP MALEWEZI DISMISSED

REF: A. LILONGWE 245


B. LILONGWE 1



1. (U) The High Court dismissed on May 4 the GOM's case
against VP Justin Malewezi, in which government sought
Malewezi's dismissal for resigning from the ruling United
Democratic Front (UDF) and the right to appoint a new First
Vice President (reftel A). In the ruling, the panel of three
judges found the Attorney General did not have the authority
to refer constitutional disputes to the courts and that such
authority resides only in the powers of the presidency. The
ruling further elaborated that if the President did bring the
matter to the courts, there would be no defendant in the
case, as it would be a matter of judicial interpretation.

COMMENT


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2. (U) The ruling, in effect, confirms that opposition
presidential candidate Malewezi as Malawi's First Vice
President. With less than two weeks to go before the
elections, it is unlikely that government will pursue the
matter further. Malewezi may counter sue for benefits that
have been denied him, as the GOM has tried to squeeze him
financially and get him to "voluntarily" resign.
BROWNING