Chief Justice suspends magistrate
Chief Justice, Andrew Nyirenda, has moved in and suspended Edingeni Third Grade Magistrate, Trust-God Mkandawire, after The Sunday Times reported an alleged syndicate of corruption two months ago.
The report revealed that Mkandawire allegedly unleashed hefty punitive damages for civil cases and imposed custodial sentences to enforce payment of the exorbitant court fines, all contrary to standard practice in law.
Further, the investigation established that most of the money paid to the court may have ended up in his pocket
The letter which has been signed by Registrar of the High and Supreme Courts, Jack N’riva, on behalf of Justice Nyirenda dated February 17 2017 states that the decision has been reached at following numerous complaints by court users.
It reads in part: “There have been numerous complaints by court users against your conduct, we find the allegations to be serious.”
According to the letter, the matter has been referred to the Judicial Service Commission pending hearing on a date which is yet to be announced.
Mkandawire has been suspended together with two other officers Leonard Shaba, a court marshal, and a clerk Happy Kamanga.
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