Professor Kanyongolo faults Chakwera’s disregard of Covid-19 guidelines

Renowned legal scholar Professor Edge Kanyongolo of University of Malawi at Chancellor College has faulted President Lazarus Chakwera for disregarding COVID-19 regulation of limiting funeral services to 50 people.

The funeral ceremony of Mai Dinala

Chakwera attended the funeral of Mayi Dinala—one of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) longest serving member—and reports show that thousands of people also attended.

Writing on his Facebook post, the Chancellor College law professor underlined that one governance challenge that has often eroded the legitimacy of Malawian governments has been their failure to uphold the principle of the rule of law.

“One of the central pillars of this principle is ‘equality before the law,’ which may be restated as ‘no one is above the law,” he said.

He added that the feeling by some—often encouraged and condoned by Presidents—is that they are above the law or immune from its reach is what gave this country the brood of miscreants who could drive on public roads without number plates, Cashgaters who felt entitled to dip into the public purse at will, Young Democrats who could assault citizens with impunity.

“If the Covid-19 Guidelines are applied selectively by this government, especially in favour of the political elite, it will vindicate the Marxist theory of law, whose central thesis is that law is a tool in the hands of the elite who use it to benefit themselves and keep the poor in their place,” he wrote.

Kanyongolo also noted that it will be a troubling indicator of the beginning of the fraying of the edges of the fabric of the rule of law which is often the only fig leaf behind which we can safeguard our country’s limited endowments.

“For a government which came into power on the strength of the principles of legality and constitutionalism, its disregard for the ‘equality before the law’ principle will be the supreme irony,” he said.

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Chife
1 month ago

Dikilani achakwera ali ndi WaPo akamchedzera mwatani kodi

DANIELphiri
DANIELphiri
1 month ago

Better comet what you know please and the best you can do is to contact Chikosa about the number of people gathering in Church. Covid-19 is very real and kills. This is what we call out bounce because this is not your way of handling matters of concern. Discuss law with Chikosa and not this one, Sorry Baba. What is wrong with you or perhaps you are becoming too old? Oh! sorry I forgot that there is school there due to Covid -19 and you have nothing to do.

PhD, Jerusalem University
PhD, Jerusalem University
1 month ago

I dont think that Chakwera could have stayed home after the death of late Mai Dinala like Nkhuku ija yamikolongwe ili ku Mangochi. Baba Kanyongolo mwakula and better go home ife tisachite ukupangitsani manyazi apa. School iyo ndiyanu ndi ana anuwo. The same gathering if done by Nkhalamba izanu ija pano mukuomba m’manja . Please better go home and open Madimba kumudzi.

Muhariwa
Muhariwa
1 month ago

Mr Kanyongolo stop writing rubbish now even if you hate MCP. Better join Kondwani if you are bitter with MCP party Or wakutumani. I am one of them who used to respect you but now Alas!!!!! time wasteful.

Medson
Medson
1 month ago

Hahahaha mr president
He must be brought to book

KotiMan
KotiMan
1 month ago

Useless Professors……shupiti

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Edge Kanyongolo and I call again Edge Kanyongolo. You are one of the most senior lecturers in Law and I am not a lawyer and I am far from being one. Please go to section 11 (3) of the regulations and I quote ” (3) Subrule (1) shall not apply to a (a) a funeral, (b) a meeting of the National Assembly and 9 (c) a meeting convened to discuss Covid-19 interventions. Please stop faulting the president and start reading things. I know you are still bitter about MCP following your detention in the 1980s for being childish and critical… Read more »

Mapopa
Mapopa
1 month ago

Poti ndi Chakwera, nde Edge Kanyongolo walakwitsa koma akanakhala Peter Mutharika bwenzi mukuwombera M’manja.

john munthali
john munthali
1 month ago
Reply to  Mapopa

true

John Masikiabayankhope
John Masikiabayankhope
1 month ago

Not an issue Covid-19 is going whether u like it or not. Bwana Kanyongolo, izi zitayeni kaye izi ndi za ife a chiptala. Inu tamuuzeni Chikosa kuti ku tchalichi anthu 10 zukhala bwanji?

kishobeh
1 month ago

walakwitsa chakwela ka malamulo wapanga ekha then akuwaphwanyanso what a president

William Chirwa
1 month ago

Do we seriously believe that covid is really serious or just lip service. What Kanyongolo has said speak volumes of our attitude as regards covid. When HE travels he has top security and plus loads of policeans eh even soilders around enforcing the restrictions couldn’t have been a problem but the policy of appeasement was the order of the day. Somebody said that he moves with security plus other which was already 50% of the mouners good and nice then he should have just delegated to avoid being seen as a leader who breaks his own regulations it sucks

john munthali
john munthali
1 month ago
Reply to  William Chirwa

fact

Kambewa Ngozo
1 month ago

Foseki
People don’t listen and when they get Covid-19 they should blame themselves.
Ask Alan Ngumuya he will you about Covid-19

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