The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has hired lawyers from South Africa ahead of the appeal case at Supreme Court scheduled to commence on April 15, 2020.

MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah has confirmed of the development in an interview with press.

According to Ansah, MEC has hired Mboweni Maluleke Inc Attorneys of South Africa to help beef-up the electoral body legal team headed by lawyer Tamanda Chokhotho.

The South African lawyers will be paid $788,500 (over K500 million), according to the document seen by Faceofmalawi and has gone viral on social media attracting mixed reactions.

The Constitutional Court barred Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale from representing MEC in any case in the future.

Meanwhile the Malawi Law Society has written the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda to allow MEC hire South African lawyers.

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