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Peter Mutharika appoints 3 High Court judges

RESERVED HIS COMMENT—Alide

President Peter Mutharika has appointed Jabbar Alide, Chimwemwe Kamowa and Texious Masoamphambe as High Court judges.

Registrar of the High Court and Supreme Court, Agnes Patemba, confirmed last evening the appointment of the judges. She was unable to take more questions.

Alide refused to comment when asked for his reaction to the appointment.

Apart from working in the private sector, Alide is well known in football circles as Football Association of Malawi first vice-president.

His profile on LinkedIn indicates that he has been working as a legal director at Malawi Millennium Development Trust.

He is described as an “experienced legal director with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry.”

Recent media reports suggested that Kamowa works as Industrial Relations Court chairperson whereas Masoamphambe has been promoted from his post as Zomba Chief Resident Magistrate.

Section 108 of the Constitution says the High Court has unlimited original jurisdiction to hear and determine any civil or criminal proceedings under any law.

High Court judges are appointed by the President on recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission.

Upon appointment, judges are posted to various divisions of the High Court, which are Civil and Commercial.

Of late, Mutharika has been busy making appointments, including in the Malawi Defence Force, Malawi Police Service, Cabinet and his Democratic Progressive Party.

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