CSO wants Mutharika to answer contempt of court charges

Malawi President Peter Mutharika’s failure to assent to the electoral bills continues to attract attention as the Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiative- CDEDI has written the High Court to hold Mutharika in contempt of court order.

Interim Executive Director for CDEDI, Sylvester Namiwa said Mutharika’s move has the potential of turning the country into a lawlessness state.

On March 17 this year, during a presser President Peter Mutharika refused to assent to the electoral reforms bills which Parliament passed in February this year saying the bills are unlawful and unconstitutional.

The President also snubbed the firing MEC Commissioners including its Chairperson, Jane Ansah claiming the recommendations by the Public Appointment Committee of Parliament, lack substance.

Namiwa said Mutharika’s move this will impact negatively on the poor and the less privileged as it has a possibility of turning Malawi into anarchy.

However, efforts to confirm with the high court on whether the letter has been delivered to their offices proved futile as Agnes Patemba said she was in a meeting.

According to a statement YFM has seen the letter was received by Thomson Chirwa who is the clerical officer at the High court in Lilongwe.

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