Kunje on Christmas pardon list

Kunje arriving at court file footage

Former Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioner, Linda Kunje will spend this Christmas with her family and friends as she has been pardoned.

Kunje was convicted and sentenced to spend 18 months in jail in August for obstructing President Lazarus Chakwera’s convoy in 2020.

Malawi's traffic laws state that motorist have to pave way for the Presidential motorcade whenever the President is travelling.

Kunje obstructed Chakwera when he was travelling from Blantyre to Zomba for a graduation ceremony at the University of Malawi.

The court heard, Kunje ordered her driver, Jones Tewesa to continue driving on her way to Zomba despite repeated warnings by the sweeper vehicle on the Presidential motorcade to pave way for the President to pass first.

Chief Resident Magistrate Austin Banda sitting in Zomba also sentenced Tewesa to 15 months in prison.

The pardon came from Minister of Homeland Security Jean Sendeza who has written Chief Commissioner of Prisons.

Sendeza said Kunje is on the list of the prisoners to be considered for pardon during the Christmas Eve Season.

“You will recall that the above person was convicted and currently serving a sentence in one of your prisons.

"I write to further inform you that she is on the list of the prisoners to be considered for pardon during the Christmas Eve Season.

"I therefore write to instruct you to release the said prisoner immediately,” reads part of the letter dated December 6, 2022.

Kunje was one of the Commisoners who presided over the nullified 2019 Presidential Polls.

 In February 2020, she was told to leave a Public Appointments Committee of Parliament hearing for being rude and uncooperative.