Critics have expressed doubts on whether proper procedures were followed by President Peter Mutharika in appointing the new Malawi Electoral Commission Chaiperson (MEC) as well as the four new High Court judges last week.
Mutharika, who was in America and returned home on Sunday, announced through press statements via the Office of the President and cabinet (OPC) about the appointment of Justice Jane Ansah as the new Chairperson for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as well as Joseph Chigona, Ruth Chinangwa, George Bakuwa and Dorothy De Gabrielle as new High Court Judges.
According to Centre for Development of People (CEDEP) Chairman Reverend Macdonald Sembereka, the laws states that the President need to sign appointment letters in confirmation of any person appointed as
MEC Chair or High Court Judge.
But Sembereka strongly expressed doubt whether this was done regarding the fact that the appointment was made and announced while the president was away in America.
In the statements signed by government Chief Secretary George Mkondiwa, it was indicated that the appointments were effective the
day of the announcement.
Sembereka said he doubts whether the president indeed signed the documents of appointments following the latest observations that the President is unable to use his right arm.
Sembereka was speaking inside Zodiak Radio’s Views Triangle on Sunday evening.
Commenting on the same, a Political commentator Ernest Thindwa have since called upon authorities in government to give room for Mutharika to rest and make sure he receives proper treatment abroad.
He blamed those surrounding Mutharika for advancing their personal interest and not showing interest in ensuring that Mutharika is given enough time to rest and bounce back once he fully gets physically fit.
Meanwhile, government spokesperson and Information Minister Malison
Ndau who is reportedly in South Africa says he is not aware that the president is in bad health.
Mutharika’s actions on arrival from USA on Sunday raised more questions surrounding his health as he waved hundreds of Malawians
gathered at KIA to welcome him using unusual left hand.
He also used his left hand to greet VIP. delegates and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters who thronged to KIA to welcome the Malawi leader.