Malawi President sacks military commander

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President Peter Mutharika has sacked the military commander, General Vincent Nundwe.

Mutharika’s action came barely hours after he refused to ratify changes to the electoral laws which had been approved by parliament to pave way for fresh elections.

Observers are suggesting that Nundwe’s removal is linked to his apparent reluctance to obey his Commander-in-Chief’s repeated orders to forcefully suppress public protests against Mutharika’s regime.

In the past several months, Malawi Defence Forces soldiers have been providing protection rather than aggression to demonstrators dissatisfied with various governance issues.

Recently Mutharika issued an order to Nundwe and his Police Service counterpart, Duncan Mwapasa, to use all necessary force to subdue planned Human Rights Defenders Coalition demos at state residencies.

Nundwe was appointed in June last year after being promoted from Lieutenant General to the rank of General. He replaced General Griffin Spoon Phiri who was appointed national security adviser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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