Ntaba dismisses impeachment charge against Bingu

Presidential spokesman Hetherwick Ntaba has dismisses the charge levelled against President Bingu wa Mutharika on impeachment, raised by Ken Msonda, UDF’s spokesperson

Msonda told Capital FM radio Day Break Malawi programme that President Mutharika should be impeached for going AWOL! (Absent Without Leave).

He said Mutharika’s holiday at the time when Malawi is suffering the worse economic challenge was “gross negligence.”

But Ntaba rubbished Msonda’s statement, saying Mutharika’s holiday does not amount to an impeachable offence, which should be a violation of the constitution.

Ntaba: No offence to warrant Bingu's impeachment

“Reasons for impeachment procedures are clear in the constitution and going on holiday is not one of them,” he said.

Ntaba added: “And to say that the president should not go on holiday when things are being attended to was being naïve,”

“This is not the first time to attempt to impeach the President,” pointed out Ntaba referring to an attempt by the UDF when the Mutharika government was in minority.

“They failed that time when DPP had a minority,” he said.

Ntaba also told Daily Times: “Let’s talk about what offences and not embark on a very useless and fruitless speculation. The president has not committed any impeachable offence, so I don’t see what debate he’s going to raise.”

Parliament meeting in Lilongwe is expected to enact impeachment procedures which might see a president or vice president losing a seat if implemented.

There are fears the ruling DPP want to use the procedures to commence an impeachment indictment against Vice President Joyce Banda.

Leader of government business in parliament George Chaponda said no individual has been targeted on whom to implement the procedures.

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