Malawi Law Society (MLS) has expressed sadness over the death of prominent lawyers Khuze Kapeta Senior Counsel who passed on the night of Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.
MLS spokesperson Martha Kaukonde said as an institution they have lost a dedicated man, a hard working lawyer who got admitted to practice law in 1979 and had immensely contributed to the practice of law in Malawi.
“He was also the pioneer of a sports trophy in the Law School at Chancellor College known as Bernard & Harris Trophy for football and netball starting from the academic year 1999/2000 and it run for some years. This ensured that students did not only focus on studying law but also on sports and kept both body and mind fit. It greatly contributed to improving relationships between the classes,” she said.
She added that as a lawyer, he employed the best work ethics most times coupled with the highest possible standards saying he was smart, thorough and meticulous.
“MLS has lost a lawyer who has shaped many lawyers, taught in the law school on the Law of Insolvency, made a mark in the development of law and accommodated all,” she said.
She said under Malawi law, if a lawyer has lived an illustrious and impeccable professional life he is conferred the highest honour a lawyer can get.
“It is not an easy achievement for lawyers in purely private practice to attain on merit. Khuze Kapeta attained the status of Senior Counsel on merit after practicing law in private practice for several illustrious years. His work was well received in the corporate world,’’ she said.
According to Kaukonde, Kapeta was an exemplary model for many young and even older lawyers because he humbly mingled with all his colleagues at the bar in spite of remarkable attainments in law practice.
She said the legal profession will miss him profoundly and wishes the family all the best in these difficult times.