Autoposy to determine cause of Mbendera’s death: MEC chair had ‘cardiac arrest’ after meeting at Auditor General’s office

A proper autopsy will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death of the chairperson for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) who was also judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, Justice Maxon Mbendera, a family member has said.

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Mbendera is said to have died of cardiac arrests.

According to MEC acting chief elections officer Harris Potani, Mbendera was in Lilongwe where he had a meeting at the Auditor General’s office up until around 11am on Thuraday when he collapsed and was later rushed to the City Centre Clinic where he was briefly admitted before he died.

“The Chairman was in good health earlier in the day but felt unwell around 11am and was taken to Lilongwe Private Clinic. He died shortly after admission,” Potani said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times.

But a close relation said only an autopsy will determine the actual cause of  Mbendera’s sudden death.

“We don’t want to speculate,” said a relation who declined to be mention.

“It is difficult moment for us.  There was no sign of ill health and Justice Maxon Mbendera has not complained of any recently.”

But Potani said in announcing “with deep regret”  the death of Mbendera that “ a dark cloud has befallen the Commission.”

Justice Mbendera SC was appointed Judge of  Supreme Court in 2012 by former president Joyce Banda and then she appointed him as  Chairman of the Malawi Electoral Commission on 10 October, 2012. His four year term was due to end on 9 October, 2016.

During his stay as Chair of MEC he presided over the first- ever Tripartite Elections and two sets of by-elections thereafter.

Mbendera wept during the announcement of the winner of the 2014 elections which took almost a week to be released.

“I am crying because as I am announcing these results someone in Mangochi has lost a life because of these elections while someone is about to rejoice for winning the elections,” he said before he announced election results.

“The Commission will miss his leadership. Our prayer filled thoughts of peace and comfort go out to his family and all those deeply grieved by his passing. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Potani said.

Fact file

He was born on November 4 1958 in Malawi’s Central Region district of Ntcheu.

Mbendera held an LLB (Hons) Degree from the University of Malawi and an LLM in International Trade and Investment Law.

He had over 35 years experience as a Lawyer (7 years of which were at the level of Judge).

Mbendera was admitted to the Malawi Bar in 1981 and worked for Savjan & Co for 13 years and then set up his own legal firm, Mbendera & Associates (that later became Mbendera & Nkhono Associates), which he led for 15 years until he was appointed Judge of the High Court in 2009.

During his time at the bar, he served as Secretary of the Malawi Law Society between 1993 and 1995 and its President between 1999 and 2001.

He was decorated and conferred the status of Senior Counsel in 2008. He served as Malawi’s Attorney General between 2011 and April 2012. He was appointed Supreme Court Justice of Appeal in December, 2012.

Between 2009 and 2012, he served as a founding member of the SADC Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC). He was relieved of that office upon appointment to become Lord Chair of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

As Lord Chair of MEC, he has led many Electoral Observation Missions on behalf of the Commonwealth, the African Union (AU), and the ECF-SADC.

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19 thoughts on “Autoposy to determine cause of Mbendera’s death: MEC chair had ‘cardiac arrest’ after meeting at Auditor General’s office”

  1. Homeboy says:

    Good credentials with limited morals

  2. Mwananyanian says:

    Good job, Wanga Gwede, for the biographical info here. Elucidating, to be sure.
    The judge’s death, and many others in this country, just shows us that life expectancy data do NOT lie. Dead too soon: he should be in his prime, and even pushing the envelop a bit. Not six feet on the other side of the sod! At 57! That should be the new 60, even here if we didn’t squander our resources.
    Sure, many people die at an early age, even in the advanced economies, but early medical interventions help many to extend their lives, and live those lives meaningfully. And many medical conditions today, should be curable if discovered early. That is a fact in many other countries.
    Countrywomen and countrymen, we are losing ground.
    RIP the judge.

  3. ida says:

    We are indeed visitors on this earth

  4. Ineyo Wa Iweyo says:

    So many questions unanswered?????

  5. Mmalawi We Niweni says:

    Malawi Daily Mail


    Information reaching our desk from City Centre Clinic shows that Justice Mackson Mbendera has been poisoned inside the office of Auditor General (AG) by operative of Democratic Progressing Party (DPP) in partner with Auditor General.

    It is further reported that with directive from above,Auditor General got money from Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and gave it to DPP which they used to purchase ten Toyota Fortuners for the party’s National Executive Committee members.

    Justice Mbendera was however pressurized to account for the money which he never used and refused to be used anymore and threaten to spill the beans, Mbendera said ‘its against my conscious to continue be used on expense of poor Malawians who are suffering. 

    There has been tag of war between Justice Mbendera,AG and DPP the past two weeks.

    Surprisingly,Justice Mbendera came out of Auditor General’s office crawling and lifeless,he was assisted by his driver who rushed with him to the nearby clinic were he was pronnounced dead,said our source. Will keep you updated

  6. shaibu wa Adams says:

    ofcourse he has done alot of harm to us Malawians but lets just forgive and forget everthing.this must be a lesson to us who are alive……wages of sins are death

  7. Cash Gate says:

    Only God what realy happened to him, we have no real answers

  8. Lost says:

    Already reported that he was poisoned. Too sad to hear.

  9. wasala auditor geneneral tatiyeni tingoti phe kenako kulikulu, zimatero ana osauka akamadandaula kulira mokweza kwa mulungu osaoneka pomwe ena akuba ndalama, mufa nazo ndalama za anthu ovutikazo simudati, i see many deaths cleaning out the wicked out of this nation!

  10. Chimphepe says:

    May his soul rest in peace

  11. Name Withheld says:

    Wages of sin is death. Kwantsala pulofesa zitete!

  12. Kwacha Malawi says:

    Mbebe, I think you are contradicted yourself issues of divine nature, death and elections. Yankhulani ngati imfa sichithu chosewera nacho. Iwe uli ndi umboni kuti boma lili panoli ndi lobera? Ngati akutumani akupweteketsani inu ndi mwamodzi mowombera fiti m’manja. The bible says I knew you before your mother’s womb conceived you become a leader; ask amene akutumawo. Iwe pa ukwati pamatenga nthawi yanji kuti pabwele chitukuko? JB akukpweteketsani ndi acha jomba anuwo. May the soul of Justice Mbendera Rest in peace.

  13. Viper says:

    may his soul rest in eternal peace

  14. Talitha Koum says:

    Malawians wake up. God is sending a message. Malawi needs to change. This means in 2019 there will be another chairman for MEC. We have to be careful when choosing a replacement. This one has done his time. But was he a happy man? Did he serve Malawians well? Only God knows. May his soul rest in peace.

    1. Malawi says:

      May His Soul Rest in Peace

  15. Mbebe says:

    Koma kodi a Mbendera mwanyamuka mutalapa kuti munawalakwira a Malawi kuwapatsa boma lozunzali? You wept, Yes!! After that you could have resigned from MEC. Misozi ya a Malawi kulira kwakutengani Bwana. Boma lobera munaperekali pano mankhwala kulibe kuchipatala. God loves Malawi but He chooses to act behind the scenes. Who is next?

    1. Bonafide says:

      Who is next? I hope its not you.

  16. chalo says:

    So he collapsed in a meeting with the Auditor General? He may have been under extreme pressure to explain the audit reports. How I wish he had just resigned earlier given the amount of scrutiny his office has been subjected to.

    1. Malawi says:

      Lets respect the dead they do not have a forum to reply. When he was he was honest and very honest.

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