Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima has said that immunity for the president of the country should be removed so that anyone found on the wrong-side of the law should be prosecuted no matter the status.
Chilima said this today in Lilongwe during a national address where he was responding to the corruption issue of Zuneth Sattar in which he is alleged to be involved.
According to him, his party United Transformation Movement (UTM) is committed to fighting against corruption therefore there is a need for everyone – including the president – to be investigated no matter their positions in government.
“UTM – as one of the partners under the Tonse Alliance – remains committed to the fight against corruption in this country. This is why during the campaign period, we, in UTM, strongly advocated for the amendment of the section 91(2) of the Constitution of Malawi which provides undue protection to the occupant of the office of the President of this country.
“The provision provides for the immunity of the President from criminal prosecution. While we salute the fact that the Vice President of this country can, and must be investigated or prosecuted for criminal wrongdoing, it is completely misplaced that Presidents of this country have a veil of constitutional protection from criminal prosecution through immunity while in office. One of the concrete goals of the Tonse Alliance, which has yet to be attended to, was to remove presidential immunity from criminal prosecution,” said Chilima.
Meanwhile, the Veep has denied any wrong doing concerning Sattar case and has called on Malawians and his followers to let Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) do its work without any interference.