Lawyers in Malawi react to Mbendera’s death

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Members of the legal profession have paid tribute to Justice Maxon Mbendera who died in Lilongwe on Thursday.

Mbendera was until his sudden death chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC). He previously served as High Court Judge and later Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

On Thursday legal minds in the country took to social media to remember the departed MEC boss.

Ministry of Justice Public Relations Officer Apoche Esther Itimu described the death of Justice Mbendera as a loss since he was an important person in the legal profession.

Justice Maxon Mbendera

Mbendera is being mourned.

“He was a great lawyer, good man, good mentor, fond memories when he was Attorney General (AG) and later judge. Sincere condolences to his family,” Itimu posted on her Facebook account.

Private practice lawyer Wapona Kita remembered Justice Mbendera for his courtroom probing and the way he ensured that lawyers were sure about the arguments they were putting forward.

Wrote Kita: “He was one of the most intelligent Justice of Appeal we had. When appearing before him, he always put lawyers on their toes with his probing legal questions: ‘To be fair to Mr Kita, I did not get the impression that he advanced that strand of his argument with any conviction or seriousness.’ Fare thee well your lordship justice Maxon Mbendera SC. The legal fraternity will miss you.”

Allan Ntata, who was legal advisor to former President Bingu wa Mutharika hailed the MEC boss as a man of integrity.

“For me, I will always remember him as a brilliant legal mind and a man of integrity from whom I learned a lot when we worked together for the government,” posted Ntata on his Facebook page.

Ntata also defended Mbendera’s management of the 2014 elections which were riddled with controversy.

Ntata said: “As Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission, Maxon Mbendera has been ridiculed and accused of many things including rigging elections for the DPP. I have never seen any evidence supporting any of the allegations.”

Justice Mbendera hailed from Ntcheu district. He was born on November 4, 1958.

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  1. nonse mwayakhula apazi mwandipatsa manyazi ena ee akapumeni,ena munaika malawi pamoto,ena iyai bola munalapa. wooh inu simuzafa zintchito zanu azakuyakhulirani ndani ndinu zisiru simuganiza nose mwanyoza ifa ya madalawa ine ndingoti wakufa saziwa kathu ngati mumayakhula zopanda mutuzo wakufa saziwa muzaziwa ikazafika makomo mwanumo agalu inu enanu mungatani inu akamvule udzu ngati inu wodya zosala anthu wosafa inu basi kumangotokota basi aaaaa akhwaka wawoooh

  2. mulungu akulanga pansi pompano madala anthu sangazunzike chifukwa cha greed of one person,ufune usafune ndayankhula basi. RIP. Mr Mbendera muyende bwino tikakupezani

  3. koma ziwana kut abwanawa analiofunika kwambiri kudziko ndiye mukamayankhula mudzidziwa kut no one can be pure 1oo% to national so take care polemba inunso nditembo as u go favor , may hs soul lest in peace

  4. Its all himself the late and his God , non of us commenting know the truth. Late his soul rest in peace. Other things are between him and his God. Non of someone’s business

  5. kupanda mbendela malawi bwezi ali bwinobwino uyu koma iye anayika malawi pamoto polola munthu kuti atenge udindo asanawine dziko lamalawi lizamudandaula mbendela moyo wathu wonse anatilakwila zedi

  6. Amalawi ifa inalembedwa kwa chinthu chilichotse cha moyo. Chizalawa ifa guys.mbendela anagulitsa dzitsokho bwanji samagula moyo ndi ndalama zobwe analandirazo kwa {ppm}

  7. Hahah wafa basi palibe zodandaulisa pa Mbendera wavutisa mtundu wa Malawi pumani bwino mbwiyache kwasala Mr bwapini ndinduna zake mbava 7 mukuwona anthu ife tikusangalara pomwe tikuvutikira apa tikapezana man .

  8. Ma lawyer kupanga react pa imfa ya ambendera zizodabwitsa mesa zoppusa zija anapangila limodzi uchitsilu ett…?kmaso wafa asanatiuankhe fuso la2..amkalila chani tsiku lija

  9. Good night Mason. U were a great person to me. I only met u once but that one moment was a turning moment of many things in my life. U were my mentor operating from a distance. Ur command of the Queen’s language was a marvel. Again good night my friend n mentor.

  10. Revelation 24:3-4 . God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away. Messege of comfort to the grieved family and those who are concerned with Mr Bendala’s death.

  11. Mbendera was a public figure and no death of such a person goes without conspiracy theories. Imfa za Bingu, Chinga, Mafunyeta ndi ena zinapanga attract zolankhula because they were celebrities, so why should Mbendera’s death be an exception ?.Asiyeni anthu akambe mmene angathere and if there are his relatives, they should live with it. That’s the price you pay for fame. Death of a charcoal seller at Zalewa will happily go unnoticed. Not Mbendera’s demise.

  12. anthu musamakambe za ugalu penapake-this is death nt za utchisiru zanuzo, if you know kti anapangisa ma vote kti abedwe why ddnt u go kukasuma-think before commenting-this departed soul is someone’s father, husband, uncle, brother etc ndye mukachuluka utchisiru wake umenewo mukhalira zomwezo and u will die poor-dont be stupid

  13. When you are too intelligent, very few people understand your decisions and opinions. I had respect for you maxion. Rest in internal peace. The path is the same for all of us living. We will join you when our time comes.

  14. Dont forget that bible say noone wil bring peace in the world dispite jesus christ lets read the bible its where ur hope and peace is

  15. Let us share the pain of death by conforting the family and relatives than comenting heart breaking words.RIP our justice Mbendera.

  16. death is not something to play with. death is something very painful. It is a forever journey, a big loss to the family members, friends, relatives or even to the community. Whether he /she is poor, rich disable or what, mad or normal. Death is painful. I wonder why these days when Someone is dead people say, write and spray stupid comments on him or her forgetting that there are people who are crying for the same person. Where are we going Malawi ? Is this part of our right to express? if it is so do you think we are using it in a right way. Feel like One of your family members die and people are doing the same thing you are doing.

    • MR MUNTHU OCHOKERA KU DZIKO LOTCHEDWA MALAWI SUNGAMUMVETSE MWAYIWALA KALE BINGU ATAMWALIRA ANTHU AMASANGALALA AKUTI MULUNGU WATIYANKHA KOMA IMFA YA BINGU IMANDISANGALATSA KWAMBIRI ANTHU AMAMUTUKWANA ANASINJIRIRA ZAMBIRI NDENO PANOPO NDIMATI KULIBE NJALA ANTHU AKUKHUTA NTHAWI YA BINGU ANTHU ANAFA NDI NJALA ACHIMWENE MUNTHU SUNGAMUUZE ZACHITUKUKO ALI NDI NJALA KULIBE

      • Kodi abale inu simukumvetsabe kuti peter sanabele. It was the power of democracy. Ngati zuma wamvetsa kuti pretoria,mandela bay metros ndi munisparity yake nkandla yatengedwa ndi otsutsa.abale ndale ndizovuta for more invite me on wasap, +27710717009. My sincere condolences to mr mbendela’ family. His did his service to the country and it is our turn to strive to make our country a better place to every humanity in the smallest contribution available, be it to show love to people, be a peace maker, working hard in our fields to feed one or two people and in all possible way. Malawi is ours and we need to be proud of our people who contributed something for it to develop like the likes of late mbendela, may his soul lest in peace .his personal strength overpowers his highlightened shortfalls. Am from chitipa but i know mr mbendela deserves a big’ thank you sir’