By McMillan Chasunda
The Civil and Political Space Platform (CSP Platform) has condemned the scathing remarks made by President Arthur Peter Mutharika at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe on September 7th 2014 with regard to the work of the Commission of Inquiry following the death of former president Bingu wa Mutharika.
In his speech, the President intimidated that the treason charges leveled against him and others were “a concoction and total rubbish…” and that they were influenced by tribal origins of the parties involved in the commission.
In a statement issued by the CSO grouping signed by the platform chairperson, Moses W. Mkandawire, the platform highlights that President Arthur Peter Mutharika was naïve to insinuate that the commission’s conclusion were on the basis of tribal origins of the parties involved in the commission.
“The platform is also aware that the mentioned people were professional public officers and they were duly appointed in those positions by the then leadership.” Reads part of the statement
The commission was appointed by the former President Dr. Joyce Banda to among other issues find out what was the cause of death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, date of death, and events surrounding the death of the president where for two days, the government denied the death and flew the remains of President Bingu wa Mutharika to South Africa claiming he was receiving and responding to treatment.
The members of the commission included Justice Elton Singini SC (retired) Dr. Charles Dzamala, Dr. Tionge Loga, Mr. Joseph Elywin Aironi, Dr. Elizabeth Sibale, Father Joseph Mpinganjira, Mrs Esther Chioko, Mr. Pachalo Kayira, Mr Brian Nyasulu and Mr. Jabbar Alide
Furthermore, the CSP Platform condemned the calling of former Malawi Defense Chief, Commander General Henry Odillo “a cheat as being slanderous and defamatory. The stamen notes that the claims made by President Mutharika imply that the former Commander General misrepresented the truth during the course of his employment.
“This is very serious accusation in light of the exemplary reputation and professionalism of the MDF throughout its history. It is our wish and prayer that the MDF remains spared from all political machinations and continues to aim at serving the interests of the Republic of Malawi and its people” the statement reads.
The commission of inquiry faulted the incumbent President Arthur Peter Mutharika of wanting to violate the constitution and block the assenting to power of the then Vice President Dr. Joyce Banda. Further the Inquiry report indicated that President Mutharika, a brother to late Bingu wa Mutharika and then the Minister of Foreign Affairs went even further to suggest that the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) should take over the running of Malawi in the event that he fails to take over.
The Civil and Political Space Platform (CSP Platform) is a loose network of governance and human right faith based organizations (FBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with the following membership, CCAP Church and Society Programmes of Livingstonia, Nkhoma and Blantyre synods, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) (Chikwawa, Dedza, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Karonga Dioceses) Christian Service Committee (CSC) Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Women’s Legal Resources Centre (WOLREC), Maziko Radio and Association for Progressive Women (APW)