Chakwera appoints four new judges

Malawi President Chakwera

President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed four new High Court judges.

The four are Howard Brighton Pemba, Allan Hans Muhome, Etness Chanza and Eddah Edayi Ngwira.

Registrar of the Supreme Court of Appeal and the High Court, Kondwani Banda, has confirmed the appointments in an internal memo dated 18th November 2022.

Section 112 (1) of the constitution gives Chakwera powers to appoint judges.

The appointments come a few days after the president signed the Courts Act (Amendment) Bill into law.

The amended law creates Financial Crimes Division in the High Court to handle corruption cases.

It also increases the retirement age for judges from 65 to 70.

Chakwera who became president in 2020 following court-sanctioned elections, appointed 12 High court Judges and four Supreme Court of Appeal judges in October, 2020.

In March this year, the president also appointed seven new High Court judges.