Lawyer Soko says court ruling against Mutharika, Muhara will stop impunity

Private practice lawyer Khumbo Bonzoe Soko says the High Court order that former president Peter Mutharika and former Chief Secretary to Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC)  Lloyd Muhara should pay from their pockets costs incurred in a case the two are accused of forcing Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda go on retirement.

Soko: Dealing away with impunity

is a great decision for accountability of those who hold powers of state.

The High Court, on Friday, ordered Mutharika and Muhara to personally pay costs in a judicial review matter for their attempt to send Chief Justice on a forced retirement.

Both Mutharika and Muhara were dragged to court over the matter by Human Right Defenders Coalition (HRDC), Association of Magistrates in Malawi and Malawi Law Society (MLS).

In an interview with Nyasa Times, Soko—who represented HRDC—says the ruling sends a message that impunity and arrogance have a cost.

“For a very long-time public functionaries have behaved as if they are above the law and scrutiny.

“Safe in the knowledge that the public will pick up the tab for redressing harm, ironically caused to the public itself. This will begin to drive home the truth that there is no longer any safety in that belief.”

In his ruling, justice Charles Mkandawire pointed out that Mutharika and Muhara had acted “defiantly, were unreasonable, were not prudent, acted outside their Constitutional mandate and very wanting.”

Mkandawire has ordered the registrar of the High Court to assess the costs.

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Masamba
Masamba
8 days ago

Ine kanakonda atalipiranso the election case. This impunity must go. This APM acted as if he is not a Malawian.

Mlhakho wa Satana
Mlhakho wa Satana
9 days ago

Ma cadet akwiya ku ma comment 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

President Chisokonezo

Kodi anthu amenewa amamva

Kissa babe
Kissa babe
9 days ago

A khumbo ndrama za apm ndi muhara muzinjoyatu, housing project yanu ku area 43 muthamangittsa mwina nkukalowa January 2021. If I was muhara, would swear that you son of a bitch never win a case in my court, ever!

The Karanga of Soshangumve
Reply to  Kissa babe

Cadet tsopano, imwani panado muchira

Mike
Mike
7 days ago

Unfortunately lawyers akumamukana Muhara, they dont want cases handled by him.

Nalikuti
Nalikuti
8 days ago
Reply to  Kissa babe

Unfortunately you are not Muhara. Winning a case you win by evidence and good defence… Nyasatimes why do you torelate such vulgar on your comment slots????

Wachiyao
Wachiyao
8 days ago
Reply to  Kissa babe

That is ngati apitilire kuweruza milandu. Nkhani ya a Muhara’yi mukuiona kumene ikulowera? Do you understand that he attacked the Judiciary? Or, to be more precise, that he attacked HIS OWN OFFICE? And you expect the other judges to be comfortable with his presence among them? Komanso, will people be happy to have him preside over their cases? Awatu posachedwapa apita kumudzi adzikalima kabitchi.

Leader of opposition
Leader of opposition
8 days ago
Reply to  Kissa babe

Muhara will.never ever preside over a case mpaka retirement. He is tainted. Azingopita ku ntchito kumakazikanda olo ma kalaliki amamuderera kuti they can do his job better

Nanyati
Nanyati
9 days ago

The world is round. Tsiku Lina, court lizakhala mmanja mwa anthu ena, mudzaona ngati mizimu yakupolamilani.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
9 days ago
Reply to  Nanyati

Courts are independent.

phade
phade
9 days ago

Mutharika alipira bwanji pomwe ma account ake munapanga freeze. Kupusa

Inenso
Inenso
9 days ago
Reply to  phade

Achitsiru inu,nde mukuwona ngati ndalama sizingatulutsidwe court litagamula?kupepera eti?

Nalikuti
Nalikuti
8 days ago
Reply to  phade

You don’t know the law PHADE! The state machinery ordered the freezinf of accounts, they will also order the release of those funds for that very purpose… There’s a waiver and exceptional situations that allow for accessing of fund.. i.e meeting of medical bills

FORGIVE THEM
FORGIVE THEM
8 days ago
Reply to  phade

After the review of the costs by the registrar of the high court, we’ll unfreeze his account and get the required amount and then freeze it again, what do say?
We’re the government,
Chikaluma ndipo chimapana, chikapana ndipo chikaluma, nde government

Wachiyao
Wachiyao
8 days ago
Reply to  phade

Kkkkkk. Iwe Phade usandiseketse. Sukuona kuti ndalamazi ziri kale mmanja mwa boma?

Leader of opposition
Leader of opposition
8 days ago
Reply to  phade

Tingotapa konko mkumuuza balance olo titenga malipiro

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