Malawi President Banda does not consult husband on government affairs

Malawi president Mrs. Joyce Banda has revealed that she does not consult her husband, Justice Richard Banda on government affairs, saying the government has enough structures to handle its issues.

Malawi President Joyce Banda

Malawi President Joyce Banda

Mrs. Joyce Mtila Banda, the first female president in the Southern African country of Malawi allayed fears that having a husband who has a vast legal background the president could be attempted to be seeking legal advice from within the palace.

“I do not consult Justice Banda on government issues because there are proper channels to direct and indeed handle government matters, and fortunately the chief secretary is a lawyer by profession,” the state president narrated.

The president was responding to a question by a ZBS reporter on whether she consults her husband when making a government decision with specific reference to the appointment of the vice president as an overseer of the country’s electoral commission.

Justice Banda, SC, retired as Malawi chief justice in December 2002 before he picked a job with Swaziland, where he served in the same capacity. At the end of his contract in Swaziland he entered into private practice back at home.

Justice Banda, SC is a barrister at law, having been called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in July 1966.

Among many portfolios, Justice Banda has served in different portfolios like the director of public prosecutions, acting solicitor general and secretary for Justice.

The first gentleman was in1972 appointed attorney general, and later in the same year, was created Senior Counsel (SC) to become the first Malawian to be so honoured after Independence. He served in this capacity for two years until 1974, when he was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General and was also responsible for the portfolio of local government. He served in these capacities until February 1976, when he left Government.

In April 1980 he was re-appointed into the Judicial Service to fill the new office of Chief Resident Magistrate which had been created. He served in this position for nine months, until November 1980, when he was appointed a Judge of the High Court and Supreme Court of Malawi. He served in this position until February 1992, when he was appointed Chief Justice of Malawi. He continues to serve in this position up to this time. Chief Justice Banda was appointed an Honorary Life Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies, a constituent organisation of the University of London. He has also recently been invited and is an Honorary Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

The Malawi first gentleman was the President of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association from 2000-2003.

In Swaziland he spoke  against corruption and backlogs in the Swaziland Criminal Justice System.

[5] He was succeeded by Michael Mathealira Ramolibeli after he retired due to his health

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