By Deogratias Mmana
Chief Justice Rizine Mzikamanda has described retired Supreme Court of Appeal Justice, Edward Twea, as the epitome of remarkable leadership in child justice administration.
Mzikamanda said this during a farewell party the Judiciary organised for Twea on Wednesday in Lilongwe. Twea retired in April last year after working for the Judiciary for 40 years.
“Justice Twea (retired) had a distinguished career in the Judiciary. Among his peers, he was known as the wise one. He was a very thoughtful person with rare analytical skills,” Mzikamanda said.
The Chief Justice added that Twea devoted more of his time to child justice administration where, he said, he received unflinching support because of the trust stakeholders had in him.
“We are very proud to be associated with success stories in the child justice sub sector. We shall accelerate our efforts to improve child justice from where Justice Twea has left. Our children need protection; they deserve our care. Justice Twea was committed to this and all of us need to support this cause,” Mzikamanda said.
Twea, who joined the Judiciary in 1978 as State advocate, served for 20 years, thus from 2001 to 2021, as chairperson for the National Child Justice Forum; chairperson for the Child Justice Directorate and chairperson for the Board of Visitors Child Case Review.
Several stakeholders, including the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC), United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund and local civil society organisations through the Centre for Youth and Child Affairs praised Twea for fighting for children’s justice during his career.
MHRC Chairperson Scader Louis described Twea as a child rights advocate who was a result-oriented and exceptional leader.
In his remarks, Twea thanked the Judiciary for the support it rendered to him during his time. Asked about the status of child justice in the country, he said juvenile delinquency cases had gone down but child protection remained a challenge.