HRDC, Church and Society heightens pressure on Mutharika to stop attacking judges

Church and Society Program of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia  and firebrand Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have, separately, faulted President Peter Mutharika for his continued attacks on the judiciary, particularly  targeting the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal for upholding the nullification of the May 21 2019 presidential election.

Trapence: Reprimanded President Mutharika over judges attack

HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence, in a Tuesday media briefing in Lilongwe, called on the President to stop attacking the judiciary because the move is an attack on the country’s democracy.

Speaking during the Talk to the President Programme on State-run Malawi Broadcasting Station last Friday and during whistle-stop rallies in Thyolo on Monday, Mutharika—a professor of international law— maintained that the judgements of the five judges of the High Court sitting as the Constitutional Court and the seven appeal judges who upheld the same were a travesty of justice and ridiculous.

“He [Mutharika] should know that court decisions should be respected and the president is not above the law as such he should stop attacking our judges.

“He should know that it is the same court that protected him in 2014. He should not blame the judges for losing the case rather he should blame himself and MEC,” said Trapence.

Church and Society Program of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia executive director Moses Mkandawire  in a separate media briefing in Mzuzu on  Tuesday also expressed concern over Mutharika’s continued sentiments against the Judiciary.

Malawi Law Society (MLS)  in a statement issued on Monday co-signed by its president Burton Mhango and honorary secretary Martha Kaukonde  asked the President to lead by example in preserving and upholding the rule of law and promoting the respect, independence and integrity of the Judiciary as a separate constitutional arm of government with a constitutional responsibility.

Since the election was nullified on February 3, officials from the DPP have been attacking the judicial system.

The governing party earlier organised demonstrations against the Constitutional Court after it nullified Mutharika’s contested victory in the presidential election.

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3 months ago

Judges are also very prone to corruption and mistakes even the supreme court can error or be corrupted.1999 election case and this election case one of these cases Judges were corrupted or errored

Banda
Banda
3 months ago

The Court will Kick this Fraud President in the Ass on July 4th if he does not ensure Elections on June 23rd, If the Court can remove the President in other Countries they can in Malawi. All must respect the Supreme Court

Tired with DPP Lies
Tired with DPP Lies
3 months ago

Court upheld the Acquittal of Chaponda and we Know how much a crook he is. That should make DPP happy?

Tired with DPP Lies
Tired with DPP Lies
3 months ago

The President is creating division and anarchy preparing everyone THAT the Election Will Not Be Held June 23rd it will be DELAYED in Parliament. The President wishes another kick at the can and a. Public Fight with the Supreme Court. THE President WILL Lose he is NO LONGER an Elected President BUT an ACTING INTERIM President and CAN BE REMOVED BY THE COURT July 4th there is NO APPEAL. Respect the RULE of LAW and our appointed Judges for the security of the Nation.

FIFA
FIFA
3 months ago

HRDC should be ashamed to the the only idiots who do not see Joyce Banda as the one who started all this.

Chaha
Chaha
3 months ago

Shupiti zanu HRDC, Church and Society. WHo do you think you are. Joyce Banda anaziputa dala.

The Patriot
3 months ago

Enanu Mulungu adzakukanthani. Church and Society my foot!!

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
3 months ago

HRDC,CCAP SYNOD OF LIVINGSTONIA AND JUDGES they are all political parties in opposition side. Especially the tumbuka judges. According to the way they are handling cases can easily demostrate to which side they belong

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3 months ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

are judges sacred animals not to attached,if they can be bribed they can deliver their opinions as judgements. Even the malawi law sociaty is giving us malawians raw deal,we thought their of joining the case would offer some hope of nutrality but they wasted time. where were these Malawi law sociaty when the courts ruled against Gwanda Chakwamba in 1999 ,2004,and 2014 elections cases , in which the the winners got less 50 percent of the vote cast. its either those in the past or in current cases were bribed to deliver their opinion or were wright but both cant… Read more »

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