Malawi: Six former cabinet members must answer treason charges-concerned citizens

The man leading the radical concerned citizens, Watson Katawa Nyasulu has called on the Malawi government to arrest the ‘mid-night six’ ministers for action likely to cause breach of peach and sedition.

The six former cabinet members, Patricia Kaliati, Henry Mussa, Kondwani Nankhumwa, Nicholas Dausi, Jean Kalilani and Vuwa Kaunda convened a mid-night press conference, hours before government announced the death of former president, Bingu wa Mutharika, challenging that no matter what happens, the incumbent leader Joyce Banda who was the then vice president will nit take over as per constitution requirement.

Section 83 (3) of the constitution says whenever there is a vacancy in the office of president, the vice president shall assume that office for the remainder of the term.

Katawa Nyasulu sued the cabinet members soon after Banda was sworn in as the country’s new president.

“We want the law to take its course because there no one who is above it regardless of the position one is holding, status or where he is coming from, we are all equal before the law. We are giving the government to arrest them within two weeks,” said Katawa Nyasulu.

He added, “What they did is very uncalled of in a country where everyone is trying hard to see into it that democracy is maturing. If they are not brought to book, then there will also be others who will o the same thing.”

He said that they waited for the National Assembly’s budget session to end to call on the government to take action.

Section 60 (1) of the country’s constitution gives every member of the National Assembly privilege from arrest while going to, returning from, or while in the precincts of the national assembly, be amenable to any other action or proceedings in any court, tribunal or body other than parliament.

Recently, the country’s re-known politician Kamlepo Kalua called on the president to forgive the members arguing that their actions were due to confusion that rose at that time, a notion that Katawa Nyasulu is against.

“What we should take in mind is that these people did not wrong the president but common citizens. Think if it was a common man who did that, could there be someone asking the government not to take action?
If government will not take action within the said time, then I will go on with the case,” He said.

The Mutharika led government arrested re-known politicians Dr Cassim Chilumpha and Yusuf Matumula on treason charges and Kamlepo Kalua on sedition charges.

By Chancy Namadzunda

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