President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by section 98 of the constitution of the Republic of Malawi, has appointed Mr. Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda as Attorney General saying the appointment is with immediate effect from 27th August, 2021.
Immediately after the announcement of the new Attorney General, social media platforms were overspread with a picture showing Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda and Ms. Martha Chizuma, Anti-Corruption Bureau [ACB] Director General sitting and dinning together. According to alleged reports, Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda, is the last born son in the family of Chief Justice, His Lordship, Andrew Nyirenda SC and the two, Thabo Nyirenda and Martha Chizuma are best friends and this has raised fears that justice delivered will not be in the interest of all, but those supporting Government.
Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda has replaced fired former Attorney General, Dr. Mozesi Chikosa Silungwe who Malawians until this day have not been communicated on the reasons for his firing whether it is abuse of office, negligence of duty or giving government wrong legal opinions. A concerned citizen from the northern region of Malawi who is based in the Republic of South Africa, Pastor Charles Ben Longwe, has expressed a concern that the two Attorney Generals, Dr. Chikosa Silungwe and Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda will be receiving salaries up to 2025 in President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera’s one-term of office a development which is worrisome as taxpayers money will be used.
Pastor Longwe said if Dr. Silungwe was paid for his termination of service, then it must be for the whole term of office of President Dr. Chakwera and if he has not been paid, he will be receiving salaries from the office of the Attorney General every month until his contract ends in 2025 when President Dr. Chakwera’s term of office will expire.
He questions the Judiciary for being compromised under the MCP saying all have chosen to remain quiet as if everything is good waiting for others to speak for them reiterating that this is bad for Malawi’s hard-won democracy giving an example of DPP which cannot win cases in court in the central region and MCP cannot win cases in southern region of Malawi. The Pastor also expressed fears that the Chief Justice, Andrew Nyirenda SC has made available five judges from the Lilongwe High Court to hear the Presidential Election case at the Constitutional court, Longwe says this is beginning to raise questions why judges from the south and north are not picked on the panel, this will lead people to conclude the outcome will not be fair to the plaintiff. ’’The case will be heard in Lilongwe and the constitutional judges are all from Lilongwe Registry, this is a worrisome development that delivered judgment will not be accepted by some Malawians and this will bring the country into chaos,’’……said Pastor Charles Ben Longwe.
By Vincent Gunde