There are still good people in Africa. That is the statement that is making rounds across social media platforms in relation to what one top lawyer in Malawi has done.
Malawi now has a new President, Lazarus Chakwera. Chakwera beat the incumbent Mr. Peter Mutharika in a repeat election after the court in the country nullified the first general election.
Mutharika had vowed not to leave power but pressure from the army that had stood for democracy, as well as the international community, forced him to concede defeat.
Now, the new President was represented in court by a bar of top lawyers led by Senior Counsel Mordecai Msiska. Msiska put up a spirited fight that saw the court nullify the elections.
Immediately the new President Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in, he appointed the cabinet, among them his lawyer Mordecai Msiska as the Minister for Justice.
As a normal African on a normal day, Msiska would have taken up the position and even released a press statement to thank the President, but he declined the position.
“It would appear as if I am being rewarded in my role in the election case,” said Mr. Msiska in a statement.
The lawyer says he has other commitments with his law firm and said that he knows there are other lawyers who can take up the same role and lead the country in the right direction.
“Having been lead counsel in the case of the election and my getting into administration particularly Minister of Justice will unduly affect the process that the government system seeks to address,” he added.
President Lazarus Chakwera seems to be rewarding his top lawyers. Dr. Chikosa Silungwe, who was also among the lawyers has been rewarded with the Attorney General position.
President Chakwera says that his cabinet will have not more than 30 people of which 40 percent will be women as he promises a new dawn for Malawi.