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Lazarus Chakwera for strong Judiciary

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DARED JUDGES ON PROFESSIONALISM—Chakwera

President Lazarus Chakwera Thursday underscored the significance of strengthening judicial systems to facilitate swift access to justice.

Speaking during the swearing in of four High Court judges at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, Chakwera said the cry for justice in the country is too loud, hence it is the duty of judges to give people confidence that their search for equity is not in vain.

“It is in your hands to give citizens who cry for justice the confidence that to stand in your court is to stand in the presence of God Himself, where righteousness and justice are executed swiftly, fairly and transparently,” he said.

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He condemned the recent assault on the elderly in Mzimba District after community members accused them of practising witchcraft.

The newly appointed judges include Howard Pemba, Eddah Ngwira, Etness Chanza and Allan Muhome.

Chief Justice Rizine Mzikamanda applauded Chakwera for boosting human capacity in the Judiciary, stressing the need for more judges to cater for all established divisions

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“The four are simply filling the gap that was left in the High Court after the promotion of others to the Supreme Court. We still have the need for more judges. We have recently established the Financial Crimes Court and we need more judges there,” he said.

Mzikamanda said a recent functional review indicated that there is a need for 90 judges but there are 53, in terms of judges at High Court divisions and justices at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Justice Minister Titus Mvalo urged the judges to observe the oath taken and stick to the law.

“If they are impartial, the law itself will help them deliver justice,” he said

In March this year, Chakwera also appointed seven new judges to the High Court. Another set of 12 judges was also unveiled in October 2020.

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