Malawi’s office of the director of public prosecutions (ODPP) is finalizing preparations for a case involving 12 high profile figures charged with treason, for them to appear in court soon.

The twelve Malawians, currently on bail, are accused of trying to block then Vice President Joyce Banda from ascending into presidency after the death of president Bingu wa Mutharika.

The suspects, include the late president’s brother Peter Mutharika, former cabinet ministers, Patricia Kaliati, Henry Mussa, Goodall Gondwe, Symon Vuwa Kaunda, DPP spokesperson Nicholus Dausi, and former senior government officials, Bright Msaka, and former Bingu’s legal advisor Allan Ntata, among other officials.

In an emailed response to a questionnaire, spokesperson in the Ministry of Justice Apoche Itimu said the prosecution team acknowledges the need to expedite its cases; therefore this case is not exceptional.

This comes as the US government is asking the Malawi government to ensure that the rule of law is exercised in this case.

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  1. If i was dr Banda these charges would have been dropt based on da fact that all the sides where looking on judicial clarification.if though speaker of nation assembly was the one at that time holding the title.So based on the fact that our constitution doesnt clarify other powers it wil kip causing harm to public resources until we review it.

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  2. Why should only this case be expedited through the courts, how about the ones gathering dust in the High Court like the ones invoving former ambassador Dr John Chikago? Is this not discrimination?


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