President Lazarus Chakwera has directed that Malawi’s former chief justice (CJ) Lovemore Munlo, who died Thursday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, be buried with military honours.
Secretary to the President and Cabinet Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi indicated Thursday that burial was being planned to take place on Saturday at Chigodi in Chiradzulu District.
According to a close relative, a Mrs Nseula, Munlo is survived by a wife and two children.
“The body will be taken from Mthunzi Mortuary to Chigodi, where he will be buried. He was the one we were depending on; a pillar,” she said.
Munlo died a week after the death of his younger brother Isaac, who died of Covid complications.
Munlo was appointed to the position of CJ in 2007 by the then president Bingu wa Mutharika and he served in the position until his retirement in 2013.
He then contested for the presidency of the Malawi Congress Party, where he lost to Lazarus Chakwera, who is now President of the Republic of Malawi.
Before serving as CJ, Munlo served in a number of portfolios in the government, including as justice minister and attorney general (1993 to 1994), judge of the High Court of Malawi (1990 to 1992); director of public prosecutions (1984 to 1987); senior State advocate (1980 to 1984) and State advocate (1976 to 1980)
He was educated at the University of Malawi, where he obtained an LL.B. degree in 1976, and the University of London, where he was awarded an LL.M. degree in 1989.