Malawi government leaks anger Attorney General; ‘Silly and immature’

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LILONGWE ( MalawiTalk) – The Attorney General Dr Chikosa Silungwe has expressed extreme dissapointment with the recent leakages of his legal opinions and advice to the government.

In a statement released on Friday, the government chief legal advisor exonerated the office of the Attorney General, Ministry of Justice from the leakages and warns other government departments and ministries to be “ the proffessionals they must be” when dealing written legal opinions from his office.

Reads the statement: “Leaking my [expert legal] opinions on the manner like what happened on Thursday, 11 February, 2021 is silly and immature,” the Attorney Genral charges.

“Since I assumed office, a number of Opinions I have given to Ministries, Departments or Agencies have been leaked to the social media. This is unprecedented. The leakages have generated unwarranted cyber—debates often leading to conclusions that I have misapplied the law,” reads the statement seen by MalawiTalk.

“There are a number among us — public officers — who have deluded, personal agenda that tends to be driven by a condescending attitude towards other public officers. This personal delusion must not be allowed to morph into institutionalised pettiness that threatens the professionalism required in public service. The people of Malawi deserve better from their public officers,” it further reads.

The statement from the AG comes after his legal opinion on the appointment of two commissioners from the Electoral Commission, Ms Linda Kunje and Mrs Jean Mathanga went viral.

Silungwe – There are a number among us — public officers — who have deluded, personal agenda that tends to be driven by a condescending attitude towards other public officers

The leaked opinion on the two commissioners exposes the arrogance in the Tonse Allince administration and no respect for rule of law despite it being one of President Dr Lazarus Chakwera’s Hi-5 political mantra.

The AG advised the Office of President and Cabinet to formally write the two their letters of appointment.

Silungwe said it will be serious neglect of his constitutional obligation if he were to provide unsound legal advice to government.

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