One of the Cabinet members Catherine Gotani Hara has revealed how the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Cabinet planed to rape the constitution to make Foreign Affairs Minister Prof Peter Mutharika president.
Talking to Zodiak Radio, Gotani revealed of three meetings held since Mutharika died and attended by cabinet members and DPP senior officials who were planning to usurp constitutional powers from Vice President Joyce Banda.
Hara, who is the deputy minister of transport and public infrastructure, said the meetings started on Friday at the Office of the President and Cabinet to discuss succession modalities and how they can pave way for younger Mutharika to take over the presidency.
“Initially some of us thought that it was the Right Honourable Joyce Banda who had called for the cabinet meeting but when we went there we found out that it was not the case.
“It was a meeting which seemed to have already agreed on Peter Mutharika taking over and nobody could rise up to speak against this since the situation was tense some of us feared of our security,” said Hara sounding worried with the development.
She said among the arguments Cabinet planned to use is that the Vice President Joyce Banda left the party so she cannot succeed the president. She said Cabinet and DPP drafted a letter to challenge the constitution in Court.
“Last night they were drafting a letter which they want to take to Court but I don’t know if they have already presented it. Their argument is that the Vice President left the party but this is a governance issue not a party matter.
“I thought they were going to tell us what had happened as Cabinet members but instead they started forcing us to vote for the idea of making Peter Mutharika President which some of us did not accept because we know the constitution well,” said Hara.
Hara said all the meetings were chaired by Minister of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Goodal Gondwe.
She, however, revealed thatPeter Mutharika, a lawyer by profession was in agreement to what the meeting was discussing.
Minister of information Patricia Kaliati, who is also government spokesperson, held a press conference Friday night arguing that Banda cannot take over as President since she left the ruling DPP to form her own party.
Minister of Local Government Henry Mussa, Health Minister Jean Kalirani, deputy minister of foreign affairs Kondwani Nankhumwa, and deputy minister in the OPC Nicholas Dausi attended Kaliati’s briefing held at MBC TV studios in Lilongwe.