Malawi president sacks army chief

2014-06-25 10:57
Malawi's new president, Democratic Progressive Party leader Peter Mutharika. (Amos Gumulira, AFP)

Malawi's new president, Democratic Progressive Party leader Peter Mutharika. (Amos Gumulira, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Blantyre - Malawi President Peter Mutharika has fired the country's army chief, General Henry Odillo, his office said on Wednesday.

Odillo had in 2012 reportedly refused to take over government after the sudden death of then-president Bingu wa Mutharika, the current president's brother.

The coup plan was allegedly hatched by Peter Mutharika to prevent the then-vice president, Joyce Banda, from automatically becoming president as provided for in the constitution.

Banda did become president, however, and Mutharika was charged with treason. That charge is now expected to fall away as Mutharika ousted Banda in elections last month and a sitting president is immune from prosecution.

Political problem

Odillo had told a commission of inquiry into the coup plot that he had refused to take over the government, saying the question of "succession was a political problem and needed a political solution".

The statement from the president's office said Odillo had been replaced as head of the Malawi Defence Force by Major-General Ignancio Maulana, who was chief of military operations.

Odillo's deputy, Major-General John Msonthi, has also been sacked and will be replaced by Brigadier Griffin Supuni.

Mutharika has also demoted the chief secretary to government, Hawa Ndilowe, and deployed her as high commissioner to neighbouring Tanzania.

Ndilowe was appointed by Banda in 2012 after she sacked veteran chief secretary Bright Msaka who was accused of being involved in the bid to block Banda's ascendancy to power.

Ndilowe's deputy, Willie Samute, is now acting as chief secretary to government, the top civil servant post, the statement added.
Read more on:    joyce banda  |  peter mutharika  |  malawi  |  southern africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Assistant to Financial Director

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
The Affinity group
R8 000 - R11 000 Per Month

Road Freight Sales Executive

Cape Town CBD
Communicate Durban Freight

Spray Painter / Panel Beater

Central Karoo
Alfa & Omega Networked Business Solutions (PTY)Ltd

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your sense of duty is emphasized and you may put your heart and soul into helping, serving and being there for the community in a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.