President Lazarus Chakwera has stressed that he will not interfere in the manner that the judiciary discharges its duties in the country, saying he will always protect the independence of the courts.
Chakwera said this in Lilongwe Friday when he presided over the swearing-in ceremony of four newly appointed justices of the Supreme Court of Appeal.
He challenged the judges to have courage and not allow anything move them in the administration of justice but the Constitution of the land.
“I want to make a pledge of my own today. So long as I am President, you will never hear me say anything to the public against a decision you make from the bench, even when that decision is unfavourable to my administration,” Chakwera said.
He added that while Malawians have the right to express their views on any of the courts’ decisions as way of ensuring public trust and accountability, attacks on the judiciary should not be tolerated.
Chief Justice Rezine Mzikamanda said Chakwera’s sentiments are assuring, pointing out that the bench is committed to timely and professional administration of justice.
Mzikamanda, however, said the judiciary is open to constructive criticism, saying they do not assume autonomy of wisdom.
“We are looking forward to the President’s commitment but we are not afraid of criticism, in fact, constructive criticism is what we need if we are to improve and are helpful to the people of Malawi,” he said.
Chakwera appointed justices Sylvester Kalembera, Dingiswayo Madise, Rowland Mbvundula and Dorothy NyaKaunda Kamanga on June 10, 2022 to meet the quorum for the Supreme Court.
Speaking after taking her oath of office, Justice Kamanga called on Malawians to follow right procedures if left unsatisfied with court determinations instead of taking unlawful routes.