Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party have said President Peter Mutharika’s move to refuse to assent to the bills that Parliament has sent to him was not surprising.
The two parties say they will consult to come up with a ‘complete and comprehensive’ response to the President’s position.
MCP spokesperson the Reverend Maurice Munthali said the President must understand that the Constitutional Court ruling was a law that has to be complied with fully and that any subscription to rejection was tantamount to contempt.
“We are going to consult and come up with a comprehensive response. This is a matter of national importance,” he said.
On firing of MEC commissioners, Munthali said people have lost confidence in the current MEC and there was no need for the President to impose them on the people.
On the other hand, UTM Party spokesperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga said it was not surprising that Mutharika took that direction.
“We will ask our legal counsel for direction,” he said.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Defenders Coalition chairperson Timothy Mtambo called upon the electoral stakeholders, mainly political parties, to rise up and demand accountability.
“We do not think both the courts and Parliament are unwise. A good leader should follow the law,” he said.
Mtambo said HRDC will not relent until Malawi was free. “Mutharika is engaging in delay tactics,” he said.