BLANTYRE(MaraviPost)—In a clear demonstration that political parties’ manifestos are just the tools to fool the innocent Malawians, President Peter Mutharika has categorically told the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) that he is not reducing his powers as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) manifesto stipulates.
Mutharika said this on Thursday at Kamuzu Palace during a cordial meeting with PAC officials.
In its executive summary, the DPP manifesto says “the DPP government will reduce concentration of power in the Presidency. “
It continues to say “Appointment and removal of the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Malawi, Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, the Auditor General, the Director of Public Prosecution, Clerk of Parliament, Malawi Human Rights Commission Executive Secretary, the Malawi Law Commissioner, Director General of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, MACRA Director General, and leaders of other accountability institutions shall be on merit through a special public appointments committee. Merit will also be observed in appointments and removal of Chief Executive Officers and Board members of parastatals. “
However, Mutharika told PAC officials that it will be difficult to trim his powers arguing the Malawi’s political landscape has changed and he has an obligation to protect future leaders.
“I have the mandate to protect this office for future presidents. Ifyou take off the powers of the president appointing senior government officials like ambassadors, MBC director general, then what will the president be doing, what will be his job then?” queried Mutharika who was flanked by cabinet ministers.
He pointed out that even in UK and the US officials occupying similar positions are appointed by the Prime Minister and president respectively.
Mutharika also said that the parliament cannot be entrusted with the duty saying its independency is also questionable.
His sentiments come as one of the private practicing lawyers Ambokire Salimu is facing Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in court in a case lodged by the former in which he wants the later to be given the mandate to force politicians to fulfill their campaign promises.