Information Minister insists Chief Justice accumulated 572 leave days which he should mandatory claim

By Duncan Mlanjira Minister of Information, Civic Educan & Communications Technology, Mark Botomani insists that Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda accumulated 572 leave days and as such those days covers the rest of his tenure to reach the retirement age of 65 on 26 December 2021. The Minister thus agrees with the Executive arm of the government ordering the Chief Justice to go on mandatory leave pending his retirement, saying he will not be the first judicial officer to so….

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World law professors and academics join condemnation on Malawi Executive’s assault on judiciary

By Duncan Mlanjira Law professors and academics from around the world, including Malawi, have joined the condemnation sorrounding the decision to force Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and Justice of Appeal Edward Twea to go on mandatory leave pending retirement. The professors and academics, 74 in total, say they are deeply concerned about coordinated attempts by the government to undermine the judiciary, including statements by President Peter Mutharika falsely accusing the judiciary of having staged a coup against his government…

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Atupele lauds the Catholic Church for spearheading development

By Andrew Mukhuwa, MEC Stringer The Democratic Progressive Party and the United Democratic Front (DPP/UDF) Alliance running mate for the June 23 fresh presidential election, Atupele Muluzi has applauded the Roman Catholic Church in the country for spearheading development and strengthening democracy. The UDF president took cognizance that Mangochi Diocese, which covers Machinga, Balaka and Mangochi districts, has over 300 schools— 257 primary, 30 nursery, 25 secondary and includes two colleges and and university. “I wonder where we would…

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Furore sorrounding decision on Chief Justice turns nasty: Muhara’s contract as Chief Secretary leaked into the public domain

By Duncan Mlanjira The furore sorrounding the decision to force Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and Justice of Appeal Edward Twea to go on mandatory leave pending retirement, has now turned nasty as the author of the notice, Lloyd Muhara’s personal contract with government has been leaked into the public domain. His contract as Chief Secretary to the Government, that was signed for on December 10, 2016, expired on December 9, 2019 and renewed in January 2020. Muhara, a Judge…

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Lawyers plan to march on Wednesday in defence for judicial independence and rule of law

By Duncan Mlanjira Lawyers of Malawi have applied to the authorities of the four cities — Blantyre, Lilongwe, Zomba and Mzuzu — of their intention to hold peaceful demonstrations on Wednesday, June 17 “to push President Arthur Peter Mutharika and the Executive arm of the Government to respect the independence of the judiciary and rule of law”. Copied to the Inspector General of Police as well as police officers in charge and district commissioners in all the four cities,…

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Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum joins condemnation of action against Justice Nyirenda

By Duncan Mlanjira Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum (SACJF) has added voice in the condemnation of the action by the Malawi Government to force Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and Justice of Appeal Edward Twea to go on mandatory leave pending retirement. In a statement issued on Monday, June 15, SACJF says it is deeply concerned about the recent developments in Malawi which appear to undermine the independence of the judiciary and individual Judges. SACJF joins concerned African legal and…

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Once a judge is appointed, Executive powers stop there

By Duncan Mlanjira Once a judge has been appointed by the State President, the executive arm of the government is not involved in the internal affairs of the Judiciary and all matters relating to welfare and discipline fall within the exclusive province of the Judiciary itself and the Judicial Service Commission as per sections 116 and 118 of the Constitution. This has been said by the Judiciary in a statement in reaction to Friday’s notice issued by the Chief…

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Concerned African organization jointly condemn ‘threats against independence of judges in Malawi’

By Duncan Mlanjira  Concerned African legal and civil rights organization have jointly issued a statement condemning what they have described as “threats against independence of judges in Malawi” following Friday’s notice issued by the Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara in announcing that the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda should go on leave with immediate effect pending his retirement.  The petitioners — 42 in total — take cognizance that a similar communication has been issued in respect of another…

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High Court orders Muhara from taking further action to force Chief Justice to go leave pending retirement

By Duncan Mlanjira The High Court has ordered Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara from taking further steps to implement the notice he issued on Friday, June 12 that is ordering the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda to go on mandatory leave pending his retirement. The High Court has since granted permission to commence Judicial Review of this decision by the government done through Muhara. The Court also asks Muhara to furnish the petitioners copies of all correspondents between…

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Some critical electoral materials not yet delivered with just 10 days to fresh presidential polls

By Duncan Mlanjira Some of electoral materials deemed critical for the fresh presidential election have not yet been delivered with just 10 days to go to the polling day, June 23 and where absolutely necessary, MEC shall seek an extension to the date of elections if the challenges are not resolved timely. At a press briefing in Lilongwe on Saturday, new Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), chairperson Justice Dr. Chifundo Kachale disclosed that the total anticipated types of materials is…

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