Peter Mutharika has US citizenship, no reputation to protect: Chihana tells court

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika  has no political or any reputation to protect, argues Yeremia Chihana, the evaluator of former president Bingu wa Mutharika’s deceased estate,  in his defence filed against a lawsuit by Mutharika.

Mutharika sued Chihana or defamation of character.

The lawsuit is based on Chihana’s claims that Peter Mutharika had a joint account with his elder brother the late President Bingu wa Mutharika which was published in the newspaper.

According to court documents, Chihana’s defence filed before the High Court in Blantyre this week, he  submitted that  Peter has no reputation at all regarding his political career.

Peter Mutharika: No reputation to protect, argues Chihana

Peter Mutharika: No reputation to protect, argues Chihana

Chihana in his defence argued that  Peter Mutharika is held in low esteem as a politician and his career is already disparaged in terms of leadership integrity.

“The plaintiff [Peter] even though a professor of law and Member of Parliament [MP] still holds dual citizenship and effectively owes allegiance to a country, other than Malawi [being the United States of America],” reads Chihana’s defence.

Chihana through lawyer Wapona Kita is also suing Mutharika and DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi demanding a combined compensation of up to K200 million (about $500 000) for defamation.

Dausi said at a DPP news conference in the capital, Lilongwe that Chihana’s valuing of Mutharika’s property as worth K61 billion (about $152m), was guided by anger and malice against Mutharika to settle a political score.

He said: “It is an unfortunate and unfair political game. The final goal of the exercise is to weaken and disable the Honourable Professor Peter Mutharika and the DPP.”

Lawyer Kita said Dausi and DPP statement insinuated that Chihana is a liar and malicious.

According to Kita, only the courts that can declare if someone lied under oath and not party and personal statements.

Mutharika also discredited Chihana, saying he  is a person of “questionable character” owing to his previous conviction.

Government is claiming a K5 billion (about $12.5m) cut from the deceased estate, an amount the Mutharika family challenged.

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