By Mike Gwadani
President Peter Mutharika says Malawians expect the judiciary to be a place of unquestionably high integrity and professionalism.
Speaking during a swearing in ceremony of three newly appointed High Court Judges, Mutharika said there are reports of Judges deliberately delaying writing sentences and corruption in the judiciary.
Said he, “The Civil Procedure Rules provide that judgment has to be delivered within 90 days. However, judges are refusing to write judgments such that it takes as long as seven years to deliver justice”
“Yet we all know that justice delayed is justice denied. I know sometimes there is huge workload” said Mutharika.
He further said that there are reports of rampant practice of delayed judgement in the judiciary.
“The judiciary should be the moral and legal campus of society. This is so because your job is to judge the wrong doings of others.
Mutharika therefore urged the new judges to uphold the Rule of Law, be impartial, ethical and disciplined.
“I urge you to go and serve with commitment. As a generation of justices, it is your collective responsibility and legacy to correct the image of the judiciary. Your duty as judges is to restore public trust. Remember that Malawians have a lot to expect from you,” said Mutharika.
* Brief history of the new Judges experience
Justice Chimwemwe Kamowa has over 12 years of experience as a Judicial Officer.
She has worked with the Malawi Judiciary in various capacities. For the last 6 years, she has been Chairperson of the Industrial Relations Court where she has presided over labour and employment matters.
Justice Shadreck Masoamphambe has served as a resident magistrate, rising through the ranks since 2000 before his appointment as a Deputy Registrar of the High Court in 2018.
Justice Jabbar Alide has over 25 years’ experience as Legal Counsel in corporate and commercial law. He has achieved many accomplishments both in the public and private sectors in Malawi.