Information Minister Patricia Kaliati on Friday night (April 6): “(Joyce Banda) speaks as if there is a vacancy in the seat of presidency which is very unfortunate because by the virtue that the Vice President started her own political party makes her illegible to take over in such situation.”
The Malawi Constitution holds no such caveat.
Malawi’s cabinet have agreed to finally endorse vice president Joyce Banda to take over as head of state but a small group within cabinet is still fighting the decision.
At the time this article was being written, the vice president had about 75 percent of support in cabinet which means that she can proceed to call for cabinet immediately the death of the President is made official.
“This is the reason why you have seen all diplomats gathered at her house for a briefing, why the military command led by Brigadier General John Msonthi are here,” said an official at the Veep’s residence.
About five ministers are seeking to apply for an injunction to stop Banda from taking over. But when we checked with both the Blantyre and Lilongwe high court, no application was found.
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