Ex-Malawian President’s Brother Charged With Treason
The brother to former Malawi leader Bingu wa Mutharika and 11 other high-profile figures have been charged with treason for allegedly plotting a coup aimed at preventing Joyce Banda from assuming the presidency.
Former Foreign Minister Peter Mutharika asked the military to take over after his brother’s death, an official report said last week.
He is accused of seeking to block Vice-President Banda taking over, as required by the constitution.
Those charged have not entered pleas.
Since becoming president Ms Banda has reversed several policies.
She has devalued the currency – one of several moves demanded by Western donors who fell out with Mr Mutharika
The arrest sparked protests in the streets with anti-riot police engaging the protesters.
Several current and former ministers were among the 12 people charged.
Peter Mutharika is the DPP presidential candidate in elections due next year.
Although Ms Banda was elected as Bingu wa Mutharika’s running mate, the pair had fallen out long before he died of a heart attack last April, after it became apparent that he wanted his brother to succeed him.