Malawi leader says Chilima cannot manipulate International Criminal Court

President Peter Mutharika has rubbished  the country’s estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima for reporting him and Acting Inspector General of Police Duncan Mwapasa to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over crimes against humanity allegedly committed between 2018 and 2020.

Kalilani: Chilima himself in collaboration with MCP president Lazarus Chakwera started the said political violence in the country.

Spokesperson for Mutharika, Mgeme Kalilani, poured scorn on the calls for ICC action against the Malawian president.

Kalilani contends that  the political violence Malawi  has been experiencing for the past year was started by  Chilima himself in collaboration with the  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Reverend Lazarus Chakwera and the Human Rights Defenders Coalition in reaction to their loss in May 2019 presidential polls.

“Together, they have been planning, funding and perpetuating the violence across the country on innocent people in the guise of peaceful demonstrations since May 2019.

“They can’t fool any reasonable court about their involvement. He is probably misleading himself to believing that he can also manipulate the ICC and use it as political tool,” said Kalilani.

But the country’s impoverished and embittered populace are not focusing on the  possible indictment of  Mutharika at the Hague as they feel reporting him  “might just be a waste of time.”

One observer said it is futile to expect anything serious from  ICC .

But  Garton Kamchedzera, professor of law at Chancellor College—a constituent college of the University of Malawi— said a  referral to the ICC would o send an unmistakable message to the beleaguered citizens of Malawi  that Mutharika will ultimately be held accountable for his crimes.

He said  normally,the ICC will assess such complaints and check whether the local remedies have failed or not.

“I think the thinking in Chilima is that the people that have the power, the authority to pursue the cases, arrest and bring these matters to court are the police not him as the Vice- President because he can’t say I will arrest or prosecute them,” said Kamchedzera.

ICC is a creation of the UN and Malawi is a signatory of  the Rome statute, the treaty which grants the Hague court  jurisdiction over four main offences—crimes against humanity, which are serious violations committed as part of a large-scale attack against any civilian population; genocide; war crimes and crime of aggression.

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Guta
Guta
8 months ago

ICC judges cannot be bribed like those idiots of ConCourt and Supreme Court. ICC investigation will show that it is Chilima and Chakwera who have been perpetrating violence.

BigMan
BigMan
8 months ago

You mean Ngeme?

timothy
timothy
8 months ago

Bwana Kalirani, u need timing, kunali wena before kumeneko and kukubweranso ena, samalani malankhulidwe anu from amene akukutumaniwo kuti muzakhale nafe bwino kuno. What matters to you is how you worked not mene munalaltila ena, otherwise zilongezani next week out of state house.

Mswahili mambo
Mswahili mambo
8 months ago

Koma ndiye mwanenepa ndikuoneka wosamba, misonkho yathu yomweyi imene mukudyera ku nyumba yachifumu, nthawi ifiki kuti tifanane mufune musafune Mulungu atiyankha nefeso ?

CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
8 months ago

Iwe ndi wopussa kwabasi.
Police raping women,
Inalinkhani yongopeka pofuna kusokoneza zakuphedwa kwa wa polisi.
Tambala family,
ndintchito ya MCP ndicholinga adziyipitsa aDPP pakampeni.
Ine ndiye ndinakafufuza ku area 24,komweko

mchisala
mchisala
8 months ago

Why would you send someone to speak on your behalf on a very personal issue like this bwana Mutharika with all the legal know-how you claim to possess—is it not time to dazzle us with it?????!!!!! I doubt ngati muli kalikonse m’mutu umo!!!!

James Banda
James Banda
8 months ago

Police used rape as a weapon and Malawi police have done noting but to shield those who were involved.

Frank Underwood
Frank Underwood
8 months ago

A policeman was murdered by the Nsundwe guys while establishing law and order. The demonstrations perpetuated by Chilima andcChakwera demonstrations resulted in terror for innocent people. Goods stolen, cars smushed and pictures still available. Yet Chilima has the guts to point fingers at APM. And the politicians Garton Kamchedzera painfully tries to justify this insanity.

I honestly sense the rot in this country is too much. Folks too greedy for power.

Simbi
Simbi
8 months ago

Only foolish gule people and power hungry Chilima can make sense of this insanity. Him and Chakwera should go there first. If Mutharika was like these mad guys (Chakwera and Chilima) this country could have been on fire long time ago.

Malawi belong to the citizens

Are you telling us Kut you can report yourself when you are doing bad things. Amugeme nanu zinthu zimasintha izi sidzamuyaya .Mudzapusa nazo.Learn to keep quiet sometimes.Malawians don’t want dictators.The fact is that Malawians will be at peace when Tonse alliance wins without that happening no peace,you know what I mean.

Simbi
Simbi
8 months ago

Mukupusa ndiinu akulu. Do u know the meaning of a dictator? With your five sense operating can you justify how Mutharika is a dictator according ro the definition?

Mapwiya
Mapwiya
8 months ago

Chilima read what Kamchedzera has said . Local Remedies have to be exhausted. Your Lawyers – Sasamba Chikosa apeza podyera kukuza ma Legal firms awo poti analibe source of income. Tiyeni naoni guys timudyere chitsiru ichi chazungulira mutu pano. Ankayesa game iyi ndi yokhweka koma pano waona kuti kwatentha. Sakugona tulo ndi ATUPELE. very soon he will be a retired VP like Khumbo Kachali

Simbi
Simbi
8 months ago
Reply to  Mapwiya

Mbava izi….Tonse alliance is the hell in waiting for Malawians

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