Chanju rise to Lieut. Colonel:  First female high ranked in Malawi army

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has promoted Chanju Mwale, who is the first female lawyer in the history of the country’s army, from the rank of major to Lieutenant Colonel.

Now Lieut Colonel: Chanju Mwale chose to be a citizen in uniform over the lucrative legal industry

Now Lieut Colonel: Chanju Mwale chose to be a citizen in uniform over the lucrative legal industry

Chanju, 37-year-old single mother, studied at Kamuzu Academy and then went to Chancellor College to pursue a Bachelor of Laws Degree.

After graduation, she joined the Judiciary as senior resident magistrate and stayed for two years before joining the military in 2004.

Chanju has undergone various courses and trainings, including being deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a military observer from 2010 till 2011 and taking part in military exercises at SADC level.

In 2014, she was awarded the United Nations (UN) Fellowship in International Law (of the sea) a prestigious fellowship which was sponsored by the Nippon Foundation of Japan.

During a published interview, Chanju said the military is a traditionally male dominated institution and proving oneself worthy is an uphill battle every single day.

“We still have a lot of ground to cover for women to be fully incorporated into the system. Mind sets need more adjustments and this applies to both males and females in the service. Changes can, however, be embraced if they stem from management and policy level to trickle down to ranks.

“All in all, I am proud of myself because I worked hard and sacrificed a lot to be where I am. It can be daunting because of the responsibilities I hold as a woman, lawyer and service member.”

Chanju is a mother to daughter Taweneko who is 15 and Shaun who is eight.

“It is not easy to be a single mother and support the two, but I always prioritise them in my expenditures. My parents have been instrumental in the bringing up of my children, offering support whenever I travel on duty.”

 

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36 thoughts on “Chanju rise to Lieut. Colonel:  First female high ranked in Malawi army”

  1. bristol says:

    Congrats Chanju and all the best in your new position

  2. Mphongozidana Ndau says:

    Brains and beauty, leave her alone.
    Congratulations Chanju, ignore silly comments.

  3. McCaiphus says:

    congrats B I G mama!!!!!

  4. nabia says:

    Nsanji azibambo bwanji?Let her live het life.Mmafuna udindowo ukhale wanu?Whether she is married or not none of your bussiness.Kaya afa none of your businesss.Its her life.Conglatulation girl,Ive met you b4,she is juli any othet woma.Life has up and downs,even those in marriages have up and downs.She will be a General one day take it or leave it.Whether she marries or not Palibe Problem

  5. BigMan says:

    Stupid comments from our unusually dull citizens. Why not just congratulate the lady or ignore her. Nsanje and negativity basi Malawians, what is wrong with our people?

    1. November Rain says:

      and your comment is the most stupid one coz you cant expect everybody to come here just to congratulate the lady. There are so many issues in the story yet you expect people to just comment on one issue? Are you normal? Stop being stupid by failing to appreciate that diverse views in comments make reading more interesting.

  6. MMM says:

    That’s the Chanju I knew in form 1 @ KA

  7. Mapiyamulupali says:

    As Analyst has highlighted, i join the rest in congratulating her and raise the same concerns. However am very mindful that there are men out there who refuse to understand the importance of Gender. My only worry is that the rising in ranks is not out of carpet promotion interviews as am told most of our Army Officer have never fired a shot, but have done so in the other way round with our female soldiers.

    Let the females rise on merit and not after sex encounter.

  8. Bokoharamu says:

    Mwagunda vyalema lekani mwamupanga promote kwali. .?

  9. Winston Msowoya says:

    Congrats Chanju!! Just to remind you, front line battle ground is not Beaty contest platform!!!

  10. nachisa says:

    Chanju does not need to be married – she is a successful woman, independent and proud single mother. We are now in a new modern-era where the success of a women is not marriage but knowledge, skills, certificates and a good job. All these things, rather than marriage is what makes success and brings real happiness as well as fulfilment. It is really refreshing that she is a proud single mother of two children, after all, being married many times is a source of impediment and suffering to a lot of women. Girls and women should priotise education and work – marriage should be a matter of choice not something forced on women by society. In fact, for most women, priotising marriage means ignoring their interests and ambitions hence they fail to prosper at work and business – then the same men abuse, laugh and rebuke women for being weak and underachievers. The future is bright for girls and women – just work hard and do not define your life through the eyes and needs of men. Well done Chanju. You are a role model. Chanco and UNIMA woyee!

    1. November Rain says:

      An atom is unstable until it finds and combines with another atom and become a molecule.
      A sperm rushes, at astronomical speed; in search for an egg for want of becoming stable.
      There is no meaningful success in being unstable.
      Even the 2 kids she has can testify.

      Since she seems not commited to no man like a soldier who is loyal to no flag, mapeto ake tikaika and all these things you call success will be meaningless.
      Life is a cycle of stages: You are born, you do school, you work, you marry, you retire from work, then you die. Luckily, many of these stages can be done simultaneously.
      Osamunamiza mzanuyu iai. You cant lie to us that she chose to be single. She failed to stay someone down coz of behaviours or other reasons.

    2. koma abale inu eeh says:

      BY nachisa aka nachisale?
      The commendable contents and style are consistent with nachisale’s. No two ways about this.

  11. Modicai Longwe says:

    Congratulations. I wish you all the best. Work extra hard so that you can become the first ever female Army Commander since the history of Malawi Army. God bless and guide you all the time.

  12. Capital G says:

    nyc to hear ov a woman rising to this rank.

  13. Racist McTumbukaFace says:

    Colonels who have never fired a single shot in their lives!!! This army should be disbanded, it is a waste of our money!

  14. chodziwadziwa, BSc Engineering (Poly), Msc, PhD (Oxon) says:

    Congratulations lass. Please, up your discipline because this is a senior rank in the military. Kukhutibwa tachitani mwaulemu. However, these ranks in the military are not all about hard work, its about who knows who in the service. But Nyasa times what you have written more is about marketing her, whats up with being single mom and blah blah. Two kids, different fathers and still single means something somewhere is wrong.

  15. Bande Brian,Bac,MBA (2016) says:

    Congrats.Please do further varsity education.

  16. Prophet Mboro says:

    The Analyst you never cease to inspire me

    1. The Analyst says:

      Thanks, Prophet . . .

  17. anga says:

    Congrats koma zijazi uchepetse.

  18. Kajidyole Mulwafu says:

    koma mulinso ma looks….nga ungarya

  19. chimbano says:

    Congrats koma uchepetse kukhutibwa and kusuta fodya eeee

  20. kwangu says:

    Scribes learn to approach issues objectively, where now is her marital status emanating from? Mukanangoti Chanju Mwale zikanavuta moti? The struggles of a professional woman mmmmm ntchito ilipo

  21. mjiba says:

    congratulations are in order. This calls for a green, have one on me. Its been a long journey in uniform. keep it up

  22. chanju chaiye says:

    eeeeh koma nde wachitadi sacrifice zambiri ahemmm!

  23. dikisan says:

    Utavomera kuti suzidzandimenya nditha kukhala nawe. Palibe vuto. Ndikufuna mzanga.

  24. Martin says:

    And she is single. Give me her number please. She doesnt deserve to be alone at this prestigious stage in life

    1. The Analyst says:

      O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
      Martin,
      There are always good reasons why a woman . . .
      . . . as fair-looking hence captivating as she is . . . ,
      . . . as educated hence knowledgeable and exposed, as she is . . . ,
      . . . as “jobful” hence “moneyful” as she is . . .
      is still single, at 37.
      And be mindful she has a child – implying . . .
      . . . there was someone who couldn’t stay or
      . . . there was no one who could stay.
      ………………………………………………….
      I understand that you have been captivated by her beauty of face (just as any normal man would); but it helps to know that . . .
      “Many a man in love with a dimple; make the mistake of marrying the whole girl.” – Stephen Leacock
      O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  25. Jonah Mtowa says:

    Wow Chanju. Am proud of u. Keep on hope to meet u and greet Mweuli anyinafwi

  26. mtumbuka wa tumbuka says:

    Atumbuka sipano always on top

  27. Hede says:

    Ndiyetu muone a nyapapi akunkanganira Chanju aziti ameneyu ndi wakwathu. Koma akaomba cashgate ndiye ziiii.

  28. Chief Kapoloma says:

    size ya bho Empress

  29. royal says:

    she really sacrificed a lot… who knows

    1. November Rain says:

      I know.
      She is just too good to be left alone by those hungry yet contaminated lions, vultures and predators in the army.

    2. Sacrifice lol says:

      She indeed sacrificed a lot. The 2 children are a testimony of that. Definitely different dads representing different ranks. Ndekuti rank yatsopanoyi that would have been another baby on the way kungoti she’s now 37 and not as fertile as before.
      Mtsikana wamenyedwa mma bar ku army coz of jealous army “boyfriends” that she was doublecrossing uyu. Kikikikiii.

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