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Peter Mutharika dares female lawyers

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President Peter Mutharika has challenged women lawyers in the country to come forward and apply for the accolade of Senior Counsel when there are calls to do so.

He said this in at Kamuzu Palace on Tuesday after conferring the accolade on 10 lawyers who are said to have made tremendous contributions to the law profession in Malawi.

Among the new senior counsels are Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu and Solicitor General Janet Banda.

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Others are Supreme Court judges who included Dunstain Mwaungulu, Lovemore Chikopa and Anaclet Chipeta. Some private practice lawyers were also decorated with the accolade.

Mutharika said he was disheartened that out of the 10 lawyers, only one was female even though there was advice from the Malawi Law Society (MLS) advising everyone to apply as long as they are qualified.

He further challenged the new SCs to undertake their duties with integrity so as not to put the law profession in disrepute.

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“You are called upon to promote and defend the Constitution. You are also called upon to serve me your president as counsels…” said Mutharika.

In an interview with The Daily Times, Mwaungulu said law is as demanding as it is fulfilling.

He also urged women to venture into the profession regardless of their education backgrounds.

“Those who aspire to be lawyers are aspiring for great things. We always say lawyers are Jacks-of-all-trades but masters of none. So, we invite people from all walks of life—pure scientists, linguists and historians—they will find a place in the profession of law.

“It is very demanding I must confess and for you to maintain high standards, you really need to work hard and possess a bit of intelligence to be able to match up,” said Mwaungulu.

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