Chilima insists on stripping Malawi president of immunity even if Chakwera wins  

Vice-President Saulos Chilima has  insisted that  there should be a  repeal of Section 91 (2) of the Constitution, to strip off immunity for a sitting President from criminal prosecution, saying  even if the opposition alliance torchbearer Lazarus Chakwera win, they should not give the presidency licence to commit corrupt crimes.

Chilima:  President should not be immune from prosecution during their term of office.

Chilima, who is UTM Party leader, was speaking in an impromptu media interview to journalists beamed live on Times TV on Sunday after conducting a campaign political rally in Lilongwe.

Asked by a journalist his commitment to fight corruption, Chilima said it is not changed.

“We have instruments to fight corruption in the country but we need to strengthen them,” pointed out Chilima.

“One important issue is to remove the presidential immunity,” he said.

Chilima said the Head of State should not be immune from prosecution during their term of office.

“There are people who engage in corruption in the name of the President because he is not indicted. So if the immunity is removed, there will be no shielding of corrupt fat cats,” said Chilima, who is running mate to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera.

He reiterated that a sitting President is not supposed to have immunity so that he, like any other person, should be tried in court if found on the wrong side of the law while in office.

Section 91 of the Republican Constitution gives immunity from civil lawsuits and criminal charges to a person holding the office of President or performing the functions of President.

Section 91 (2) reads: “No person holding the office of President shall be charged with any criminal offence in any court during his term of office.”

However, a former president loses immunity and is liable to prosecution for any acts done in his official capacity.

Chilima has been accusing the current  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration of being riddled with corruption, nepotism and cronyism.

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Mofolo
Mofolo
9 months ago

Munthuyi ni gunata sakudziwa izo aluyankhula MCP yakwela pa msana ea bulu lotchedwa UTM. Mind your language A Tambala Awiri Dalila khola Limodzi

Malawi belong to the citizens

Thanks chilima,that is the way.President with too much immunity amaba heavy.

Bauleni
9 months ago

Chakwera watching this ali tazayetsele tiwone mphwanga. uzawone za a Matenje ndi anzawo ku mwanza

Cairo
Cairo
9 months ago

Chilima thinks we r so daft that we can always believe what u barks at. No way, your mind is full of garbage, poyamba paja u used to talk sense but now its rubbish. What are u implying? What u r doing is pointing at your own boss and telling him that in his face, “we are going to strip you the immunity when u get into power”. Unfortunately, you will never be in government and not even in Parliament. Inu mudzingokhalira kuwuwa muli kunja choncho. MCP will never honour what they promised u, paja u used….MCP will never rule… Read more »

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
9 months ago

How can you do that with just 4 MPs? What a daft VPS we have?

H E Nyaphapi One
9 months ago

Corruption pays. And pays well. Very well.

Drogba
9 months ago

Says a man with 4MPs. Komadi makaladi amakhala owumamutu.

Gladys
9 months ago

Ha ha ha koma Zeze you think Chakwera ndi mwana nzako he he he wapakaliyala sayimba belu.

Flamingo
Flamingo
9 months ago

Mind you corruption is not about money only, kodi amzanu onse munawatumiza ma embassy mutalowa u vice president is that not corruption. We need also to professionalise embassy appointments

Jah
Jah
9 months ago

Apa nde pamavuta paja. Let’s wait and see ngati zitheke otherwise nkhandwe zizakudya ndithu

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