Attorney General Charles Mhango has resigned after failing to block the registration of UTM.
President Peter Mutharika has since replaced Mhango with private practice Kalekeni Kaphale who will hold the post for the second time during Mutharika’s five year term.
Mhango’s last notable task as AG was an attempt to stop the registration of Vice President Saulos Chilima’s UTM through an appeal to the Supreme Court.
The appeal was however dismissed on Wednesday by Judge John Chirwa who said the AG did not have enough grounds for the application.
Following the debacle, Mhango who is also Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Director of Legal Affairs has resigned.
A statement by Chief Secretary to the Government announcing a new cabinet and Mhango’s resignation does not mention the reasons for the decision.
However, Mhango has been facing pressure to resign due to his involvement in partisan politics as he will also contest as Member of Parliament for Rumphi Central Constituency on a DPP ticket.
Mhango’s replacement Kaphale was the first AG in the Mutharika administration. He was appointed in 2014 and left the post at the expiry of his three year contract in 2017.