Malawi’s President Arthur Peter Mutharika has appointed private lawyer Kalekeni Kaphale as the new Attorney General replacing Anthony Kamanga who left the post soon after former President Joyce Banda lost the May 20 Tripartite Elections.
Initially, the Malawi leader had appointed former Anti-Corruptio Bureau (ACB) Director Alexius Nampota, who is said to have turned down the appointment.
A statement released Tuesday and signed by Acting Chief Secretary to the Malawi Government Willie Samute stated that the appointment is with immediate effect.
Kaphale has confirmed his appointment.
“It’s a challenge but with God I will do it,” he said.
Kaphale has been one of the leading lawyers during the court battles over the alleged rigging of the May 20 elections and was also one of the leading lawyers in the Treason Case which involved the current President and some of the top officials in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
In the treason case the DPP top officials were being accused of trying to bar the then vice President Banda from lawfully taking over the country’s leadership following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika who was Peter’s brother.
Instead the party wanted Peter, who was then a minister, to take over which was contrary to the provision of the country’s constitution.