Why Peter Mutharika Is Seeking Asylum in South Africa – Terence Simbi

Terence Simbi, author of the book Zimbabwe: installing a democratic state explains why Peter Mutharika, former Malawi President, could be seeking asylum in South Africa.

This follows Media reports this past week that said Mutharika was leaving Malawi and seeking Asylum in South Africa.

Malawi citizens were also seen tearing down highway signs bearing Mutharika ‘s name.

Terence said in Africa, there is no period for handing over from the President elect to the outgoing President.

Simbi said this is not the same case in developed countries, where the can be a period of up to 70 days where the old President can hand over to the President elect.

In Malawi, Simbi said President elect Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in on 24 June and has already announced that he will have assembled his cabinet by 6 July and will be inaugurated in the 8th of July 2020.

Simbi said in most African countries, there is no system of making a president accountable when they are in office, hence, a floodgate of court cases are opened against them when they leave office.

Simbi said the early stages of a Presdiency are critical and it is important for the President elect to form his new administration.