The Public Affairs Committee (PAC)has urged on authorities to ensure that opposition DPP and government officials arrested after a Commission of Inquiry Report exposed attempts to circumvent constitutional order last April soon after the death of former Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika, should receive a fair trial.
The State on Wednesday formally charged with treason DPP interim president Peter Mutharika, Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe, interdicted chief secretary to Malawi Government, Bright Msaka, and others arrested on Monday.
PAC in a statement issued by acting chairperson Sheikh Imuran Shareef Mahommed said it has been keenly following the developments and note that “the due process of the law is being followed.”
However, PAC said the arrest of DPP officials and others “should not be a source of violence” as witnessed since the arrests on Monday.
“We would like to call upon Malawians to allow the due process of the law to take its course rather than opting for violent activities,” said PAC in the statement.
PAC also sounded a similar appeal made by the country’s flagship daily newspaper, The Nation, in its editorial that DPP officials and supporters should give peace a chance by peacefully attending the court proceedings without putting other people’s lives and property at risk.
PAC called on authorities to ensure due process of the law and the fair administration of justice, saying they should not turn the arrests into political vendetta by failure to observe rights of those in custody.
“PAC believes that the right to fair trial in the current arrests as outlined in Section 42 of the Republican Constitution should be respected,” reads the statement.
“ It is the position of PAC that the due process of the law must be followed adequately , and any political manipulation should be avoided at all costs.”
The faith based institution, said it believes that “an authentic democracy is not merely the result of a formal observation of a set of rules but is the fruit of a convinced acceptance of the values that inspire democratic procedures: the dignity of every human person, the respect of human rights, commitment to the common good as the purpose and guiding criterion for political life.”
The organization urged Malawians to wait for the courts to dispense justice.
Meanwhile, the State has engaged private practice lawyers to prosecute the alleged coup plotters. The prosecuting team includes Apoche Itimu from the Ministry of Justice, former DPP during the Mutharika regime Ishmael Wadi and lawyers Ralph Mhone and Lughani Mautwa.
The suspects have been freed on bail.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :