Justice of Appeal Edward Twea Friday retired as Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal, having served the judiciary for 40 years.
Registrar of the High Court Gladys Assima Gondwe confirmed in an interview that Justice Twea had been on leave pending retirement.
“I can confirm that Justice of Appeal Twea has been on leave and is retiring but on your question regarding the Chief Justice (Andrew Nyirenda) he is still in office performing his duties as he is due to retire in December this year,” Gondwe said.
Twea was among the panel of seven Justices of Appeal who rejected former president Peter Mutharika’s and the Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec)’s appeal and upheld Constitutional Court’s order for a fresh presidential poll after it declared that the May 2019 presidential election had been marred by irregularities.
Prior to the fresh presidential election in June last year, the then Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara, a Judge himself, wrote the office of the Chief Justice directing that he proceed on leave pending retirement as he had accumulated more days than his leave could allow.
Justice Twea also received a similar communication; a development which resulted into a rift between the then Mutharika led administration and the judiciary.
In July last year, newly installed Tonse administration rescinded the decision to send the two top judicial officers on leave pending retirement.
“The Honorable Andrew Nyirenda, the Chief Justice of the Republic of Malawi has not proceeded on leave as was announced on 12 June, 2020,” a public notice from Chief Secretary to President and Cabinet, Zanga Zanga Chikhosi, announced then.
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