Malawi’s new president has revoked an order that forced the chief justice to go on leave before retirement.
Malawi’s former President Peter Mutharika directed the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda to begin his leave until his retirement just before the previous re-run presidential poll.
That decision sparked criticism and agitations as many considered it a punishment for Mr Nyirenda led the supreme court that nullified Mutharika’s election.
The order to nullify Mutharika’s re-election offered fresh opportunity for the then opposition to unify and unseat him.
Following the election of Lazarus Chakwera, the new government says the matters of the chief justice’s leave are between him and the judiciary service commission.
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President Chakwera said during his swearing in that “The time is up for us to stop dreaming. With your help, we’ll restore your faith by being a government that stands for the need of Malawians.”
“I know there are many of you who didn’t vote me and the prospect of my presidency give you fear, I want you know that my administration will strive to give equal opportunities for all of us together,” Chakwera said.