Movement call for Mutharika’s impeachment: Malawi President dubbed ‘desperately inept’

A movement  calling itself  ‘Reform to Transform’ led by former legal advisor of late president Bingu wa Mutharika,  Allan Ntata and supported by a former spokesman of late Mutharika, Chikumbutso Mtumodzi has issued a statement calling for the impeachment of President  Peter Mutharika.

Mtumodzi:  Impeach Mutharika

Mtumodzi: Impeach Mutharika

The statement issued Friday comes after there has been calls from opposition parties to have the President Mutharika abdicate from his office within 90 days.

Ntata and Mtumodzi have accused Mutharika for plunging Malawi into an economic and social turmoil.

They argue that as far as dealing with the problems that the country is facing is concerned, Mutharika is “desperately inept and incapable”.

According to the movement, instead of perhaps putting together teams of knowledgeable individuals that can help Mutharika guide the country out of the current quandary, “he is more interested in petty politicking, needlessly arresting opposition politicians while the most vulnerable in the country, women and children, are going without food because of the scarcity of maize, and dying from hunger and the collapse of the healthcare services.”

They noted that Malawi has no medicines in public hospitals, and patients are going without food or proper care.

Additionally, the runaway inflation has meant resulted in an unprecedented rise in the prices of basic necessities.

“The result of this being that even after being given prescriptions by doctors in hospitals and clinics, many Malawians cannot afford to buy the medicines they need.”

Ntata stated: “We are convinced that if a President is unable to provide the leadership that this country needs, then such a president is unfit to occupy the office, and that the constitution gives Malawians legal and legitimate grounds through which they can remove such a detrimental leader and place the leadership of the country in the hands of someone who hopefully may be more capable.”

In laying their grounds for impeachment, the movement accuse of being a negligent President dragging Malawi into “grave danger”.

Members of Parliament have given three grounds to consider in indictment of the President through  an impeachment motion, insisting that “a change of leadership is in the interest of the nation at large, and may be the only real beginning to a true remedy for our country’s malaise at this moment”.

The activists cites Mutharika’s executive order to suspend laws that make homosexuality illegal in Malawi as one example in which the President has contravened against the Constitution.

“President Peter Mutharika unilaterally and illegally, has placed a moratorium on certain laws of the republic such as the homosexuality laws, without any such powers being given to him in any written law of the republic. This is but one example of a totally unacceptable, illegal and unjustifiable usurping of powers on an issue which all Malawians ought to have a say. And yet, here is someone who took an oath to preserve and defend the Constitution (s. 81(1)), flouting it at will. A president that fails to defend the Constitution and acts ultra vires by imposing a moratorium on an issue that can only be decided by Malawians is a disaster” reads part of the document by the Reform to Transform grouping.

Mutharika’s decision which was seen by the international community as a step towards decriminalisation of homosexuality in Malawi was later reversed by the High Court who described the moratorium as illegal in the current Constitutional framework.

The activists have also listed the recent arrest of Malawi Congress Party parliamentarians, Jessie Kabwila and Peter Louis Chakhwantha as another ground for the impeachment.

“President Mutharika allowed or may have instructed his agents, the police to illegally arrest MCP parliamentarians while parliament is seating, for offences that are not exempted from parliamentary immunity based on flimsy evidence that can reasonably be construed to have been obtained by infringing on the accused’s freedoms”.

The movement wants the  legislators to summon Mutharika  to appear before the house to answer impeachment charges and be  formally indicted at the beginning of the impeachment proceedings. .

Section 86(1) of the Republican Constitution of the National Assembly stipulates that the President and Vice-President shall be removed from office where the National Assembly has indicted and convicted the President or Vice-President by impeachment.

Sub section (2) says the procedure for impeachment shall be laid down by the Standing Orders of Parliament, provided that they are in full accord with the principles of natural justice.

In 2005, Malawi’s Parliament opened debate on impeachment procedures to oust President Bingu wa Mutharika for allegedly violating the Constitution.

The issue of impeachment procedures caused havoc in Parliament during the first term of the Mutharika when some opposition UDF supporters wanted to impeach him on among other grounds that he ditched the party that ushered him into office.

The controversial motion was moved in Parliament by Lucius Banda, who consequently lost his parliamentary seat. Parliamentarians then wanted to impeach the President but the procedures were not yet incorporated into the Standing Orders.

 

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49 thoughts on “Movement call for Mutharika’s impeachment: Malawi President dubbed ‘desperately inept’”

  1. Dr Haswel P Bandawe says:

    What does the law (constitution) say about Presidential powers to SUSPEND a part of what is in the constitution under certain conditions? Isn’t it the case that if the President has overstepped his/her powers his/her action can be contested in the court of law. Isn’t that part of checks and balances? Is a legal mistake necessarily impeacheable?

    Are the issues being mentioned under impeacheable acts? How about a vote of no confidence motion? Isn’t it the case that if a vote of no confidence is passed then fresh elections are held for Government to seek a fresh mandate?

    I wish the Law Society of Malawi would weigh in on this issue. Again, my approach is to stick to fairness and facts; no other motivation should cloud our collective thinking.

  2. mik says:

    Mmmm izizi izi zosati thandiza kaya mbuzi za DPP nu mudzavera kuti mmmmm wake up and mbuzi za anthu

  3. Iwe mtumodzi wauponda sudzikwanitsa umafunanso pitala akulembe ntchito ng”ooo

  4. Papa says:

    Izi ndiye zopusa izi , mmalo moseka mpope mukutenga chikolopa ku makolopa mazi awuma bwanji, enanu ndi zizete JB amawononga mumangoyang’ana uyonso mbusa wa fake angalamule dziko ,mtata mbola ndi gulu lanulo nonse zizete

  5. arnold says:

    a mtumodzi inu tanzilekani zinazi mcp sizalamulira dziko la malawi mpaka itasintha dzina

  6. Novirikana says:

    Patriot wa fake iwe. What has Joyce Banda done to Malawi if not stealing money, selling ndege and maize? are you not amused that she is on the run? Ask how people in KU and other districts in the Centre were fooled on soya farming. Once again, I see that the greatest loser in all what is happening is Chakwera. Beleieve me, man ameneyu campaign idzamuvuta coz of imbeciles like Jessie and her cohorts. Unfortunately, JZU wangoti pheee akungoonera nanga simwanayu Chakwerayu adafuna kusemeredwa nsansi ndiye imfotere yekha. DPPtu sizocheza ayi. Ena ndidayetsetsa kuwauza before 2014 elections kuti muona mmene ichite DPP amandiletsa. lero akudziwa kuti 2019 sangadzaime nayo pa platform pa camapaign nchifukwa chake tulo tikusowa. Tsoka lake palibe ndi MMalalawi mmodzi yemwe ali okonzeka kukawafera akapirikoni amenewa. Ma CSO parliament ya 2019 musadzaidandaule chifukwatu ntchito mudzakhala nayo as it will be a landslide that we will give this toddler in politics Chakwera. Mwaona mmene ma conversation awo pa WhatsApp akhalira pa mbalambanda? Ndinamva chisoni nthawi ina yake LC atabwera kupangitsa msonkhano somewhere ke Central koma morale inachita nyau zinzake ndiye ngati ndi pulezident amene. Enafe nyauzi tidaziuza kuti APM kuMweratu samasowa kuchita campaign. In 2014 amachita campaign anali Atu yekha basi not APM. APM was doing campaign in the Centre and North. Koma munthu ungamazinamize kuti ndili ndi fans ukjuchita campaign mkhonde mwa atsibweni ako?

  7. Matako says:

    Impeach this corrupt inept clueless and greedy bastard. If continues to hand on to power then we must take him out by any means necessary!

  8. Where the reasons have been deemed to be valid, then, there’s a need to impeach the President. Because, there’s no way. We can crucify the whole nation just because of the incompetence to a single individual running the country which is economically staggering.

  9. chidothi chenicheni says:

    pitala mmmmm kaya… zero zero

  10. Zaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii-inu ngati anakumanani maudindo ife zitikhudze? Shupiti!

  11. pido says:

    Mbewe we know ndiwe Madalitso amene unkathamangitsa anthu a ku Central and Northern regions nthawi ya chisankho ku Blantyre. Kunamizira kupemphera pomwe you are number one uchigawenga. Proper impeachement cannot result in war at any cost. Its the laid down procedures in constitution. Do not plant fear in people. Ngati zinthu zikuvuta mMalawi muno its because of people like you onoyang’ana zomwe mukudya inu not other people. Apostleapostle chani zachabechabe

  12. Bima Matheza says:

    A Milanzi, ngati mulibe fundo tangokhalani chete. it seem ur fundoless. just observre like myself.

  13. Benjamin says:

    That is what you wanted you foolish malawians,choosing president’s like chiefs, clan to clan ,now you barks why?keep own you blunt people

  14. Ellie watson says:

    peter Things are not ok on yr side.The best thing to do just step down now before the worse comes yr way.U have eyes and you can see everything around u.A word is enough to a wise person.Good luck

  15. Gonapamuhanya says:

    DPP, just be cool and collective. These enemies will keep on coming from one way but will be scattered in seven directions. Even the former man of God in MCP knows this. Mulungu si munthu kuti azimutengera kumtoso. Ena ndi aja amathawira ku embasy ati kufuna kukakomana ndi a Lucy Chitembeya. APM mainain your cool. Don’t argue with these idiots. They want to start confrontation as what Undule was doing in Bingu’s time. Just keep on mounting one development after another. The works of your hands are apparent.

  16. Dada says:

    Munaaonelera makolo athu omwe aja mwanya mukafuna zimenezo kale libwelere woooo ooo lero anthu sanaiwale nkhanza za MPC

  17. Ngangisto says:

    Just wait for 2019 election.ur fighting for a losing battle.Peter is president

  18. Dizzy says:

    Tata ndi wamisala palibe angmumvere

  19. Patricia waku Mulanje says:

    Malawi at its worst. Go and see for yourself how people are suffering in the villages. If you are eating your nsima and drink tea wakhatikhati in town don’t be cheated that things are okay. The only problem I see with Malawians is to nurse problems.

    I would advise the govt to take hid of the cries of the people instead of diverting our attention to petty arrests of opposition leaders. My understanding of opposition is assist the govt in running the country and govt needs to use them because we are paying them to provide those services to Malawians.

    Mr president please move around and see how we are suffering. We need solutions and not stories. We had put you there to give us solutions and develop our Malawi otherwise it will be another 5 year wasted time. God help us and our leader.

  20. Dwambazi says:

    Lets take our country back. We the people have the power!

  21. Bibo says:

    where is malawi going? where are malawians? what are malawians doing? peter is old, he needs to rest. If he does not realise, lets give him force retirement.

  22. wachipongwe says:

    Apa azipita amwenewa basi

  23. wachipongwe says:

    pitala achoke anabera mavoti

  24. wawa milanzi says:

    tikufuna malawi wa mtendere ntata n ntumodzi sanakugaireni udindo thats why u r doin this shit but u wont suxeed malawi we believe in god not this satanism. kachama and all agents arrest this guys n make sure they rot in jail for the sake of peaceful mother malawi.

  25. All4ks says:

    The only people who can destabilise this embecile dpp govt are dpp people themselves. All these coup hallucinations are being trumped up because dpp itself is in turmoil.

    Let us sit back and watch or observe.

  26. Mbewe says:

    When doing things be positive enough to the conseqeuncies that will go with the idea. He has votes and followers. Dont think when you make noise the president has no followers. Most of you agitating this have never experienced war. What you are promoting its war and hatred. Tikadakhulupira mukadakhala kuti you have never been close to the president. Ife taonapo nkhondo musatinamize. Obvutika siinu koma anthu akumudzi. Think of Egypt did they solve anything. People are suffering, Syria, Libya nothing was solved. Let vote remove him not what you’re thinking. Why do we need therefore to vote. Dont expect people who voted for him will remain quiete. There will retaliation which will result in civil unrest and war. Tread carefully

  27. Gama says:

    agalu ndiye aku uwatu. But nothing is going to happen. You were eating there now you are [email protected] there.

  28. all provided reasons valuable and solid, impeach him please

  29. Patriot says:

    MAWA AKUKATSEGULIRA MSEWU ANAMANGA JB WA HIGH WAY UMENE MKULU WAKE ANAULEPHERA CHIFUKWA CHOSOWA FOREX PA YANNAKIS. ULENDOWO WILL COST MALAWIANS K80 MILLION TAXES.
    THIS IS HOW STUPID THIS LEADERSHIP IS.

  30. Starling Kondowe from Chikwina CDSS from Nkhatabay says:

    That is not a solution to our current problems.Why cant we put our heads together and solve our problems together.

  31. dr tonde says:

    Nyasatimes is full of shit! What a useless newspaper! Electricity has improved as has done water, teachers salaries, collections from road traffic department etc. you can’t talk about that but about failures such as ntata?!!!!!

  32. Starling Kondowe,from Chikwina CDSS,from Nkhatabay says:

    This move is not beneficial to pple at grassroot level.Why cant we put our heads together and solve the problems at hand.Malawi is a peaceful nation.Let support the current regime and forge ahead.

  33. Jelbin mk says:

    Let him go and we won’t miss him

  34. chemataka akwelume says:

    pusi ameneyu watitopesad. mhuno yake yodzadza ndi maminayo
    amandinyasa.

  35. mjomba welewo says:

    Akafuna ambuye zimatheka ngakhale wina afune asafune mjomba bwa? si voti imodzi inamulepheletsa term yachitatu eeh pano pachilambo…pangali ……..

  36. Peter Mthiburo says:

    Haha ufumu wa Mutharika ukuyenda mwadzandidzandi. Tinkayesa kuti mulamulira mpakana 2030, komatu tsono zikuoneka ngati kuti mulamulira mwachidule until 20NextWeek.

    JB if you felt you were a failure, now you can rejoice because the worst serving president is Peter Mthiburo.

  37. mjomba welewo says:

    Eeh !!! dziko la Ambuye ili,amatikonda …

  38. Chambe says:

    This is not a normal vote to pass a bill. It is a vote to pass a motion for impeachment and MUST be two thirds majority for the motion to pass. Calculate and you will find that this is no easy battle to achieve the two thirds. Refer to the last vote that has just taken place in parliament where by only 75 votes passed the bill, 51 was absent and 67 did not want to vote.
    Expect this to be the pattern and with this pattern, there is no way two thirds majority can be achieved. It is already a failed process before it can start.

    Assuming this process passes, APM will explore all the legal avenues to ensure he doesn’t get impeached at all cost and again this can be a blow to those wishing APM to go by either hook and crook.

  39. True Patriot says:

    You Malawians, kodi mwasowa anthu to lead you into tackling the problems in Malawi? I hope you cannot allow yourself to sink so low as to be agitated by Allan Ntata and his friend Mtumodzi. These guys are sellouts and traitors. I thought akhala akudya ndi President nthawi zonsezi? Chifukwa choti anawathamngitsako ndiye azichuluka nzeru pano. God forbid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Tom likamble says:

    Impeachment is no solution but recipe for bigger problems than we have now. malawi is better off with Peter as we know in three years time Malawi will decide I in the 2019 general election whether he has succeeded or not

  41. dpp says:

    achokedi through impeachment

  42. Mulhomwe Wankulu says:

    Am behind you Ntata and Mtumodzi……let’s fight for the betterment of our country. Ndisamve wina anene apa kuti nyooooooooooooooo impeachment ndiyosafunika, makamaka ife antundu wa Chilhomwe and yet we are the ones suffering most.

  43. wakum'mawa mario says:

    Mukunama afana balibe chomwe mungaphule mwachepa mwapangana zopusa ndipo mudziwa kuti nyapapi ndi mwamuna.Ngati anatenga boma ali ku opposition ndiye inu mungampusitse? mukayambirenso!!!!!!!

  44. Yoweri Magufuli says:

    Ulendo wanga. Wopita ku thyolo. Ndikawonetsetsa, wayandikira. Guys add up more grounds for impchmnt aftrall you are not wrong.

  45. Kinswel Dakamau says:

    This the most stupid govt. Ma Dc anga akuvutika

  46. Senior chief Lukwa says:

    Useless president if mamfumu tasiya kumuteteza. Amati atipatsa k100000 each koma sakupereka

  47. S Ligomeka says:

    Lets impeach both mutharika and chilima

  48. MERCEDES says:

    VUTO LOLAMULIRA DZIKO NDI MA VOTE OBERA NDI LIMENELI NDI NGATI MUNTHU FORM 4 UNAKHOZERA LIKASA UKAPITA KU UNIVERSITY AMAKAKUWIDA KUWIDAKO NDIYE NDI IMPEACHMENT KIKI!

  49. The Partriot says:

    I support the motion to impeach the President, he has failed to defend our constitution and the opposition has the numbers to do it!

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