New Judges takes oath as Chakwera warns against corruption

By Durell Namasani

President Chakwera on Thursday morning presided over the swearing  on new supreme and high court judges at a ceremony that took place at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

Four new Supreme Court of Appeal ( SCA) Judges have taken oath of new office and  12 High Court Judges. The Judges were appointed by President Dr Lazarus Chakwera following recommendations from the Judicial Service Commission.

The new Supreme court judges are: Healy Potani, John Katsala, Ivy Chatha Kamanga and Charles Mkandawire.The new High Court Justices are Masauko Msungama , William Msiska  Simeon Mdeza ,Mzondi Mvula ,Maureen Kondowe, Mandala Mambulasa ,Charlotte Malonda, Anneline Kanthambi , Vikochi Chima , Violet Chipao  and   Asante Chirwa

In his speech President Dr Lazarus Chakwera  warned new judges who took oaths of office and allegiance not to get involved in corruption in order to pervert justice.

“You should not allow to be intimidated to engage in corruption, ” he said.

The President implored on the judges “to love peace and hate secret enemies of that peace.” He said courts exist as avenues of promoting peace. The Malawi leader asked “God to bless you and keep you.”

Four of the high court judges appointed by the President to the Supreme Court of Appeal include Justice Healy Potani and Ivy Kamanga.Potani chaired a panel of five judges that presided over the 2019 presidential election dispute.

The judges, who ordered a fresh presidential election, have won this year’s UK’s Chatham House prize.