Malawi leader calls for judicial independence

President of Malawi - Joyce Banda

President of Malawi – Joyce Banda

President Joyce Banda has called on the judiciary in Malawi to exercise independence when discharging duty as demanded by the country’s Constitution.

The Malawi leader was speaking in Lilongwe Tuesday July 9 2013 during the swearing in ceremony recently promoted judicial staff.

Mrs. Anarstazia Msosa has been sworn in as Malawi’s Chief Justice with the president observing that the judiciary, as guardians of the Constitution, protector of dignity and guarantor of freedoms and responsibilities, is supposed to demonstrate in the delivery of  services the virtues of honesty, fairness and selflessness.

During the ceremony, High Court Judge Frank Kapanda was sworn in to his new Supreme Court of Appeals Judge post, while Mike Tembo, Redson Kapindu, Anabel Mtalimanja and Zione Ntaba, also took oath of High Court Judges.

The president said she was confident that the jdiciary will continue striving to fulfill its mission of providing independent and impartial justice, efficient judicial services that earn respect, trust and confidence of the society.

“To realize these, the Judiciary needs to rise above the ordinary and guarantee justice to the nation and its people. This is more important because justice must not only be done but also seen to be done,” said the president, observing that justice delayed is justice denied.

The Malawi leader assured the nation that her government is committed to upholding human rights and the rule of law.

She therefore called on the judiciary to join her government in realizing transformational agenda that have been embarked upon.

On her part, the newly appointed CJ has assured the nation that she will manage the judiciary to the best of her abilities and that the judiciary executes its duties accordingly.

Msosa is the first woman to hold such a post in Malawi. She has also been the first female Judge both at the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeals in Malawi.

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