Mpinganjira, FDH get injuction against CSOs

Thom Mpinganjira

FDH Bank and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thom Mpinganjira has obtained a court injunction against Timothy Mtambo, Gift Trapence and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) stopping them from publishing or mentioning the name of the bank in their pursuit for Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson (MEC) Jane Ansah’s resignation.

HRDC had been organising nationwide demonstrations against Ansah before it was reported that government deposited K4 billion into MEC’s Chief Elections Officer FDH Bank account.

Both MEC and FDH clarified the issue prior to demonstrations held on July 4th, FDH asked the organisers not to mention the name of the bank.

According to the injunction by Messrs Gondwe and Attorneys obtained on July 9, Mpinganjira and FDH are the first and second claimants with Mtambo, Trapence and HRDC being first, second and third defendants respectively.

“… that an order of an interlocutory injunction be and is hereby granted restraining the Defendants from causing reckless, malicious and defamatory publication of the Claimants through a Report dated 5th July, 2019 presented  by the 1st Defendant to its members that the Claimants financed the rigging operations by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for the 2019 Tripartite General Elections, and the Order to subsist up until the hearing and determination of this matter or till further order of the court,” reads the injunction order.

The order further states that the claimants shall file an Inter parties application for the injunction within seven days and that if the court later finds that the order has caused loss to the defendants, and decides that the Defendant be compensated for the loss, the Claimant will comply with the court’s order on the issue.

HRDC and other opposition party members took to the streets to force Ansah to step down, but she has maintained her stand that she is not resigning.

They accuse Ansah of incompetence in managing the May 21 elections which they say were full of irregularities including use of correction fluids called Tippex.