"Unless President Banda succeeds in shirking Ambassador Phiri’s serious allegations, he is in office illegally and in wanton disregard of the country’s basic law and must be shown the door to answer criminal allegations in court....given the serious nature of the allegations, which border on violating the Constitution, and the fact that they are levelled against the Head of State, I find this deeply troubling. President Banda should be the first one to know that as President, he swore to uphold the Constitution. By that Constitution, therefore, he could be removed from office if it is proved he violated it. This offence carries the possibility of seven years imprisonment without an option of a fine.”
Prof Michelo Hansungule argues that unless President Banda clears himself of the false parentage declaration in the 2008 he has committed perjury (lied under the law) and violated Article 37 of the Constitution. More on this via The Post. The allegations are certainly very serious and we all await to see how the Chief Justice, who hails from Banda's village alongside the Deputy Chief Justice, deals with this. What is important is that the rule of law should prevail and the judiciary asserts its independence much more than we have seen in recent past.