MLS Demand Answers On Firing Of AG

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President of the Malawi Law Society Patrick Mpaka says President Lazarus Chakwera should come out clear on why he has fired Chikosa Silungwe from serving as Attorney General, despite this being a constitutional prerogative.

President Lazarus Chakwera exercised his constitutional right to fire attorney general Dr. Chikosa Silungwe.

Up to date, the nation is still left in the dark over what could have necessitated the chop. According to the Constitution, an Attorney General can serve at least 5 years and his firing can only come when there is serious evidence of incompetency, compromised performance, or incapacitation.

As things stand, people are still guessing on what among the three above reasons, the president might have considered.

The Malawi Law Society, according to its president Mpaka is also one of the stakeholders that is still in the dark over the reasons why Chakwera has fired Silungwe, of course, Minister of information Gospel Kazako was quoted by other media institutions saying that the president wants to bring a man he can work with.

“As much as it is a constitutional prerogative we deserve to know why the decision was made,” he said.

Political and good governance expert Sheriff Kaisi finds the president's decision not surprising considering what he says, how the sequence of events have been of late, but he fears huge political implications may follow.

“The relationship between the Chilima and Chakwera is also reflected on the number of cabinet officers, with Silungwe gone, UTM has few representatives in the cabinet,” he said.

Dr. Silungwe was Malawi’s 18th Attorney General, he was one of the lead councils for president Chakwera’s vice Dr. Saulos Chilima during the May 2019 presidential elections case.

While the nation may be eager to know the reasons for the AG’s firing, another issue of concern will now be, the issue of the new AG, this is considering how long it is taking for the president to make such decisions. It has taken almost a decade for him to find a replacement for his two cabinet ministers who died of Covid-19, let alone do a single cabinet reshuffle.

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Last modified on Friday, 23/07/2021

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