Legal expert faults Mutharika for no show at Chakwera swearing-in ceremony: ‘Totally discredited’ 

Renowned South Africa-based Malawian professor of law, Danwood Chirwa,  has faulted former president Peter Mutharika for staying away at the swearing in ceremony of President Lazarus Chakwera and vice-president Saulos Chilima on Sunday in the capital Lilongwe.

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Dr Danwood Chirwa:  The former president should have attended event

Chakwera and Chilima were sworn in by Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda after being declared winner of the June 23 fresh presidential polls.

Writing on his Facebook account, Professor Chirwa said Mutharika continues to hold intent on holding his knee on the neck of innocent Malawians and despite having been voted out of office in a free and fair election, has contrived the most frivolous argument for rejecting the result.

“In his last act of unconstitutional behavior, he has boycotted the swearing-in ceremony of the new President,” he wrote.

Chirwa noted that to hand over power to a new president was the only legitimate reason Mutharika was kept in power for the last 13 months.

“During all that time he did all manner of things that were not within his constitutional mandate, but when called upon to discharge his main constitutional duty as interim President, he has bolted,” he said.

The Cape University law professor added that there can be no doubt that Mutharika has left the office of the presidency totally discredited, defeated, bitter and unfulfilled.

“But whatever pain he might be feeling for whatever reason, it doesn’t compare with the collective suffering he has caused to Malawians over the long period he has been close to and in possession of power,” he said.

Chirwa has also lambasted Mutharika saying for a self-acclaimed specialist in public law, Professor Mutharika has nothing to show by way of improvements to Malawi’s democracy, constitutionalism, the electoral system, judicial independence, parliamentary autonomy and freedom of civil society.

He adds that Mutharika’s record will show that in fact he worked tirelessly to undermine all of these.

“Let Mutharika be one more shining example that cheating does not pay; that no matter how long it may take, a regime based on tribalism and lawlessness meets its day and ends in defeat, pain and shame,” he said.

Mutharika did not attend the ceremony because the law does not require the outgoing president to be present when a successor is taking over.

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Mapwiya
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Mapwiya

Danwood Phiri ndiye chindere cha Professor of Law. Chimtumbuka cha ku Mpoto chopanda nzeru ngati ichi sindinachione. Chitsiru cheni cheni chomwe chinathawa Malawi kumakabwira chalk pa joni. Palibe cha nzeru chomwe amakamba iyeyu. Bweraniko akupatseni udindo wakhwwka ku Malawi kuli a Chakwera akugawa posts . Inu mwina mutha kukhala Judge ku Court kapena Registrar wa ku High Court .
Ndisaname mkuluyu amabowa ndisaname

achalume
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achalume

nawonso a kuti a professor awa alibe nzeru. Wanting to comment on everything. Mbwerera zenizeni. Ngati mukufuna udindo ingonenani otherwise some of your comments angokupangisani uchitsiru.

Mazira
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Mazira

In 2014, Peter Mutharika blasted Joyce Banda for not gracing his swearing in ceremony. It is funny then today that he has done the same, is that not playing double standards? mudzifunse Achalume poti mukuoneka kuti ndinu munthu wamzeru kwambiri

Dada
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Dada

Are you serious. Mr chirwa? Ar we looking at the same page? Zisakho izi aliyense akanati wayima payekha anakawina ndani? Nanga Pali kusiyana kwina kulikonse ndi ma results a Jane Asah? Mchifukwa chiyani ma judge anabweletsa 50+1?

Magolide
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Magolide

I personally bliv dat to be a southern part of Malawi it’s so shame.what does ur moron muthalika f**ck idiot done in Malawi fo de past 6 f**ckn years? R u people frm southern crazy or what? Shame on Malawi will never be ruled by u again athu aku Mozambique.

Dada
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Dada

Hahahahah. Muli ndi kwidzi ndi anzanu. Are u not ashamed kuti mwawina koma anzanu agokhalachete. Iwu ndiye mtima wa chikogelesi. Pliz be civilised. This is 21st century

Mwini muzi.
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No news here. Kamuzu never appeared at Bakili’s ceremony,Joyce never appeared at Peter’s ceremony, Peter has never appeared at Lazaro’s ceremony. If you condemned this behaviour holistically without targeting Peter, then it could have been worthy news. Your pathological hatred of Peter is no longer everyone’s focus. Everyone’s focus is on Lazaro’s promises regarding fertilizer which is due this October.

Mazira
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Mazira

Akulu, Peter gogo Mutharika wanuyo anamunyoza Joyce Banda in 2014 because she did not grace his swearing in ceremony. So what are you saying?…why did you agogo not walk the talk? shupiti!

Chikoti
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Chikoti

He lost.he chose not to attend,invited or not..but can we now stop following losers and start looking forward..what else do u want? If you are in power do the leading not following those you defeated…work on what you feel will make malawi better as you have been advocating…leave him to live his private life..otherwise we will start to believe that you are obsessed with insulting and attacking him…show us you have better agenda for malawi than what he had,not that he hasn’t done this or that ,noooo.please…we want to hear other names now..aaassshhh amangwetu..

Vilhomwe Ndivimbuli
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He knows the enemy will start beating him soonest

Chukuemeka
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Chukuemeka

“ “Let Mutharika be one more shining example that cheating does not pay“ I like that…..true reflection of the whole episode, wagwa nayo, ndi azibale ake the Mchachas

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

Well put.
This non-functional inept moron was a total disgrace. We should not feel sympathy for him he has caused tremendous pain and misery to many people loosing lifetime opportunities while promoting mediocrity- mchacha, Ben, Jappie his fellow morons

Mwini. Dimba
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Mwini. Dimba

Kkkkkkkkkk Don’t be silly and dull Mr. Chirwa

Mwambalanganya
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Trueth pains kkkkk

ERUTU
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Kala
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Kala

Stupit tumbukassss.atumbukaaa. ndi saulos wanu was ku chitipa.

P

Kandulu
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Kandulu

Keep insulting the Chewas and Tumbuka’s, you will never rule Malawi again with the 50 plus 1 voting system.

Mwambalanganya
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Uzafa ndi mtima

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Tsanana
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Tsanana

Choka iwe Danwood if he was not invited akanatsni? DONT JUST COMMENT MBULI IWE .CHIMUNTHU CHAKUMPOTO.

SMM II
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This is the reason why you are now an opposition. You are insulting the northerners without any good reason. Do you really think president Mthalika was supposed to be invited? By who because he was still the president until the new president was sworn in? Mthatlika was and is bitter that he lost that’s why he didn’t attend. But who cares whether he attends or not? We are in a new Malawi after defeating a regionalist, old and nepotistic caretaker president. Bye-bye.

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