'Mutharika abusing power' - legal expert

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By Catherine Tinto

A legal expert has described as an abuse of power President Peter Mutharika’s political podium orders to the country’s security agencies.

Last Sunday Mutharika directed the Police Inspector General and the commander of the Malawi Defense Forces-MDF to forcefully deal with human rights activists who are planning a march at State House.  

The activists announced the demonstrations to shut down all state residencies on March 25 to force Mutharika to sign into law electoral reforms bills that were recently passed in Parliament.

Following Mutharika’s directive during a public rally in Blantyre, the police detained three rights defenders on charges bordering on inciting others to break the law.

Commenting on the matter, Chancellor College Professor of Law, Garton Kamchedzera, notes that Mutharika is using his presidential powers to the benefit of his party and not the country.

“He is going into areas that he shouldn’t go and more worryingly he is not respecting the law he is not respecting the court,” said Kamchedzera.

The legal expert further expresses concern with how the President is conducting himself.

“its worrying to have a president who is behaving like that,” bemoans the Law Professor.

Mutharika also took a swipe at some international rights bodies that spoke in solidarity with the local rights defenders who were arrested.

Meanwhile, the President is yet to sign the electoral reform bills into law as well as appoint new commissioners for the Malawi Electoral Commission ahead of the May 19 fresh Presidential polls.





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