Mordecai Msiska, the lawyer who helped opposition politicians win their 2019 presidential electoral case in court which led to a re-run has turned down a ministerial position offered to him by the Malawi’s new President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera.
The President On Monday announced a maiden cabinet including Msiska, as a Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
On Tuesday, Msiska turned down the offer on the ground that there are other better young Malawian lawyers who could be considered for the position.
“Well, it is true that I advised that I could not take up the appointment for personal reasons. These personal reasons have to do with just a matter of certain precedents and obligations that I have. I have obligations to my members of staff, for instance, in the law firm that I run and I could not walk away from those obligations, said Msiska who saw and passed the integrity test.
“And importantly, I did feel that having been lead counsel in the elections case, acting as a lead counsel for the President, my getting into the administration, and particularly the ministry of justice would unduly affect the processes that government system has to address,” said the senior counsel.