Malawi Attorney General Silungwe takes non-religious oath of office without Bible

Attorney General Dr Chikosa Silungwe  on Friday took the oath of  office and allegiance before President Lazarus Chakwera  in Lilongwe but it was non-religious.


Dr Chikosa Silungwe takes oath as Attorney General a departure from the tradition of taking oath in the name of God as he did not hold the Bible or say ‘So help me God’.-Photo by Lisa Kadango, Mana

Silungwe,  who was  vice-president Saulos Chilima’s lead counsel in the  presidential election case, didn’t include the phrase “so help me God” at the end of the either oath. Nor did he place his hand on the Bible or Koran when he said them.

Wearing a face mask and raising his right hand up, Silungwe also replaced the word “swear,” which could have religious overtones, with “affirm.”

He has held his beliefs and the government have respected his right of choice.

Silungwe a respectable lawyer spotting his dreadlocks  was appointed  when President Chakwera initially named five people to Cabinet positions within days of his election.

Chakwera, 65, defeated former leader Peter Mutharika in June 23 court-sanctioned presidential election re-run.

The soft-spoken ex-preacher garnered 58.57% of the votes against Mutharika’s 39%.

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Mask
Mask
7 months ago

Swearing in the name of anything is sin against God, we are only allowed to say yes or know. Mentioning the name of God will not change anything , even witches and wizards do play.

Maiye
Maiye
7 months ago

Kulumbila NDI tchimo sanalakwe silungwe anadziwa chimene amaphunzitsidwa. Welengani mateyo 5:33-37 komanso exodus 20:7. I was also told not to swear the heavens and earth it’s sin rather say yes or no ,thanks.

Jamax
Jamax
7 months ago

It is a disgrace and an abomination before GOD = the bible says in the book of Psalms, Anyone who builds a house without GOD – he builds it in VAIN. You can never run or manage people without the blessings of God otherwise you will do it in vain. God is the author of ALL Authorities and Powers = he gives the authority to anyone he wishes to give and he can take away that authority if you do not please him at any time – and he does that for a purpose, No one in this world can… Read more »

Marumbo
7 months ago
Reply to  Jamax

You are a lunatic black man who believes in the white man’s Bible without asking questions.

Jamax
Jamax
7 months ago
Reply to  Marumbo

I don’t have any evil word or grudge against you no!!! because it’s not you who has written those evil words – it’s the devil and he has kept you in bondage of ignorance and darkness for years and if you are not going to know Jesus you will die with him but in chains of the devil. I have few words for you my dear, I see your life in great danger you need to repent of you sins and come to Jesus or else the devil will finish you soon = The bible says’ The Devil cometh not… Read more »

Edward
Edward
7 months ago
Reply to  Jamax

Nonsense, not everyone in this world is a Christian. Our fofatherers did not believe in God. Christianity was brought to Africa by whites. If God is loving why is there so much suffering, poverty in the world. How can God love a few people make them rich and live in comfort while the majority suffer. Religion is there to stop people think, it takes over your common sense so that you can be subordinate to those who are doing well. Look at the number of prolhets Africa, Malawi has. Tell me who is poor. AG did the right thing. It… Read more »

Jamax
Jamax
7 months ago
Reply to  Edward

May God have mercy upon you I wish God could talk to you in a special way so that you can believe that there’s God in heaven. We all suffer because we are all sinners – our forefathers sinned and rebelled against him and upto now we are sinning against him. And the bible says, ‘The wages of SIN is death = therefore as long as we live in a sinneful life the more the devil will lead us to hell and destruction. Let me tell you God is a true Democratic GOD he has given as the right to… Read more »

Jocker
Jocker
7 months ago
Reply to  Jamax

23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Bakali
Bakali
7 months ago

Such nonsense. This country is doomed.

Nyoloka
Nyoloka
7 months ago

Why is it that everyone has to believe?, what is belief?… the world is full of believers but see how the world is…. kodi ndekuti mitu yathu inagofriza pa belief basi?….. umva “umakhulupilira chani, ndani? STOP THE NOSENSE

Mr Tishu Kaviphwisi
Mr Tishu Kaviphwisi
7 months ago

Palibepo nkhani apa….aaah

Melvin
Melvin
7 months ago

Is he an atheist or is he a Rastafarian? I wonder.

Which Casinos
7 months ago

So many in the past have taken the oath and still gone against it through corruption. Good on him I say, let him prove himself worthy under his belief in being a law abiding man. God have us the justice, now man must walk his path.

Remnants of APM
7 months ago

Nothing new these days. Religion is for Africans due to massive poverty. It’s not there in Europe.

Banbande
Banbande
7 months ago

Amen

ERUTU
ERUTU
7 months ago

Good man 👍

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