PAC,Commonwealth Legal Fraternity Calls for Judicial Independence
In a strong worded statement Monday , Public Affairs Committee chairperson and publicity secretary monsignor Dr. Patrick Thawale and Bishop Dr Gilford Matonga respectively observe that the decision by the Executive to force Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda on leave pending retirement defeats the logic on assertions made by leaders that they would respect the rule of law in the just ended presidential election case.
Monsignor Dr Thawale and Bishop Dr Matonga have strongly described the conduct by Chief secretary to office of president and cabinet Lloyd Muhara as a "deliberate disregard for constitutional values for which Malawi strives to uphold."
PAC observes that the decision by the executive is politically motivated.
"Now that Malawi will hold fresh presidential election, the communication from the executive raises eyebrows" reads part of the statement.
The quas-religious body has since warned the executive to avoid "testing waters as the reality on the ground is that the mood of the country has changed and leaders must accept and respect people's will" as the country moves towards the voting day on Tuesday next week.
The statement concludes by saying "Malawians have tolerated enough and time has come to fight for the common good."
Meanwhile, four other international organisations namely The commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association, The Commonwealth Legal Education Association, The Commonwealth Lawyers Association and judges for judges have also jointly expressed their concern over the decision by the executive to force Chief Justice Nyirenda on leave pending his retirement.
The organisations have since called on the executive to respect the "authority and independence of the Malawi judiciary."
The country's Judiciary has made it clear that Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda will retire in December 2021.