Lawyers condemn Mutharika

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has faulted President Peter Mutharika’s continued attacks on the judiciary.

On Friday, Mutharika said the decision by a panel of High Court judges sitting as a Constitutional Court and the subsequent upholding of the verdict by the Supreme Court of Appeal is a mockery of justice in the country.

He also went to attack the judiciary while addressing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters during rallies in Thyolo.

In a press statement signed by its President Burton Mhango and Secretary Martha Kaukonde, the society has condemned the manner and forum which Mutharika used to express his dissatisfaction on the nullification of the May 21 presidential election.

Read part of the statement: The judiciary has no access to the political podium and political facilities to respond to such allegations.”

It has also called upon Mutharika to refrain from either direct or indirect attacks on the judiciary.

President Mutharika has also been asked to lead by example at all times in upholding the rule of law and accord all the respect, independence and integrity of the Malawi judiciary as it is a separate constitutional arm of government with constitutional responsibilities.

The society has asked the national assembly to fully understand the Supreme Court judgment and implement it within the spirit of the constitutional order to ensure mutual respect and tolerance and the common interest of Malawians.

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