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Rizine Mzikamanda is now Chief Justice

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By Deogratias Mmana:

President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed Supreme Court of Appeal judge Rizine Mzikamanda to the position of Chief Justice.

Mzikamanda replaces Andrew Nyirenda who retired last month from the position.

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A statement signed by Secretary to the President and Cabinet Zangazanga Chikhosi said Mzikamanda’s appointment was with immediate effect.

“The general public is hereby notified that in exercise of the powers conferred by section 111 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi, has appointed Justice of Appeal Rizine Robert Mzikamanda, SC to the position of Chief Justice,” reads the statement dated January 7, 2022.

Mzikamanda has been acting in that capacity for the past two weeks following the retirement of Justice Nyirenda.

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At the time of Nyirenda’s departure, Mzikamanda was the most senior justice sitting on Supreme Court of Appeal.

Among other public positions, Mzikamanda served as Director for the Anti-Corruption Bureau.

He was at the helm of the Bureau when Malawi was hit by a massive plunder of public funds at Capital Hill in 2013.

He moved to freeze at least 33 bank accounts suspected to have been part of the plunder.

According to records, he becomes Malawi’s 9th Chief Justice after Sir Frederick Southworth (1964 – 1970), James John Skinner (1970–1985), Friday Lewis Makuta SC (1985 – 1992), Richard Banda (1992–2002), Leonard E. Unyolo (2003– 2007), Lovemore Munlo (2007-2013), Anastasia Msosa (2013–2015) and Andrew Nyirenda (2015– 2021).

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