Mutharika finally appoints new Malawi chief justice: Andrew Nyirenda SC

President Peter Mutharika has named Supreme Court Judge, Andrew Nyirenda SC as the new chief justice, ending weeks wait for a substantive leader of the Judiciary.

Justice Nyirenda: Head of Judiciary

Justice Nyirenda: Head of Judiciary

Nyirenda is already acting chief justice and head of the judiciary following the retirement of Justice Anastansia Msosa, 65.

Office of President and Cabinet announced on Thursday that the President exercised his powers conferred upon him in the constitution to appoint the new chief judge “with immediate effect”.

Section 111 (1) of the Constitution says the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the president and confirmed by the National Assembly.

Nyasa Times understands that the government vetting machinery recommended Justice Nyirenda to the President while names of Justice Maxon Mbendera, Justice Jane Ansah and Justice Dunstain Mwaungulu were shot down.

Ansah reportedly spends most time travelling to UK where her family lives.

Mbendera is was clearly feared that parliament will not approve his appointment.

While Mwaungulu was considered a risk for being unpredictable and rebellious, National Intelligence Services source told Nyasa Times.

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44 thoughts on “Mutharika finally appoints new Malawi chief justice: Andrew Nyirenda SC”

  1. chimutu says:

    Si uja anakulorani kuba mavoti uyu. Anthu ndinu asatana inu mulungu akakulangani. Chitani manyazi. If we are talking of chisankho issues ndiye amene……. shame

  2. Martin says:

    This appointment is again by the corrupt gov , how can our country go forward when from the top are all corrupt , no independence for our judiciary Gov interference , they put there as their puppet , our country will never free it’s self from this evil and corruption , shame on you Mr Peter you just as corrupt !!!!!

  3. Congratulations my Lord,

    Finally someone with intellectual capacity and work ethic has assumed the highest office in the judicial arm of government again. Before your Lordship’s appointment as Chief Justice the lack – or rather total absence – of both intellectual capacity and work ethic was indeed scary to say the least.

    May the whole of the judiciary now start to emulate the qualities of Andrew Nyirenda after a period of rapid decline which started when Richard Banda left office and in the process regain the respect it lost years ago.

    Inasmuch as salute you your Lordship, we shall also be watching out for the reforms which we hope and trust you will introduce by bringing the whole of the judiciary back on track again. No light task lying ahead of you but one which you are more than equipped to deal with en your normal expert fashion.

    All of the very best for the mamoth task lying ahead.

    Mavuto Mangulama

  4. Najere Chitekwe says:

    Head of executive: Southerner
    Head of Judiciary: Northerner
    Head of legislature: Northerner
    But still ena akupangabe phokoso. Ndiye mtumbuka ameneyo.

    1. Inundated zosankhana mitundu zidzatipindulira chiyani? Let’s look at merit and integrity. Have you already forgotten that at one time we had President, VP & CJ all Southerners and Speaker from Central?

  5. Rudolf Phiri says:

    ABALE ATHU AKU NYIKA REPUBLIC ALI ZII!! BWANJI? AYI NDITHU TILANKHULENI BASI. YOU SHOULDN`T ONLY SPEAK WHEN THINGS GO WRONG. WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON THE APPOINTMENT OF NYIRENDA SC AS CHIEF JUSTICE? MASUKANI NDITHU…

    CE

    1. Tiyanjane says:

      My view is that the Executive has started to implement its Reforms Programme which will not comprise MERIT. The Executive has starded to build Malawi wokomela onse and I, a Nyikan as you prefer to label me, (and I proudly accept), I say thank you Mr. President for taking this first step towards building an inclusive Malawi. Of course, we are far from reaching the destination. There are blocks to dismantle – qouta, roads, hospitals, attempts to snatch projects from one region to another, continued ethnic divisions(instigated by a few insecure characters), cashgate etc etc.

  6. Peter Nangwale says:

    Andrew Nyirenda is good choice

  7. mboma says:

    it was expected, why civil service reforms have forced peter mutharika to stick to his words and his stand, for the first time i must congratulate peter mutharika, i think now i can take his civil service reforms seriously, if am more senior than others in civil service i deserve automatic promotion thats how i understand civil service reforms!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Yankho says:

    Congratulations Justice Nyirenda. I was waiting for this time and believes that your maturity and soberness will continue to guide you. I remember the days when you hold the position of Director of Public Prosecution. You demonstrated that you are not guided by envy at all. By that time your principal duty was to see getting convicted. Despite the fact that your job demanded that alot of people with various offences gets convicted you examined their cases with independent minded and made the right decisions that people whose cases lacked evidence did not suffer. You even differed with corrupt Magistrates who convicted innocent people for no apparent reason and guided the High Court during confirmation of judgments in high court that the Magistrates errored when delivering their judgments thereby alot of people benefited from your leadership that time. You continued to demonstrate the same spirit when you was a High Court and Supreme Court Judge.

    I am convinced that if your appointment was during the past election the nosense that happened could not have happened. I am confident that you will guide the Malawi Judiciary to another level with God Help.

    For Masten She did her part but too much kupemphera up to the point of kumvera chisoni wopanda manuyu. She was a good leader and a role model. Masten have a nice stay at home and hope this time you will find alot of time attending the Mvano gathering all the best Masten.

  9. popapo says:

    Uyo ndi Nyirenda by name only koma ndi Mu lomhwe

  10. Bongololo says:

    I am still waiting to hear the chewas, yaos, and lomwes to start crying mfwee mfweee mfweeeeee!

  11. ayaya says:

    Congratulations and best wishes. Tamusekelerani yeyo from maBlantyres.

  12. Nkhoma wa a Mlauzi says:

    Eeeish!!!! Nyirenda???? another Lomwe name for such a big position???? I know him well, he is from Beula Village, Khonjeni, T/A Kapichi, Thyolo, South Malawi. When will this government think about us (TUMBUKAS, MBWENU-MBWENUS, [email protected])? KKKKKKKK!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Mbwiyache sopano ziko litoyendetsedwa bwino bwaaanji!!!! Ndakomerwa maningi, voti yanga sindinabetse.

  13. Mwama Du says:

    KOMA NDIYE ZINAVUTA MPAKA. KUMUSANKHA AMENE ANATSOGOLERA INVESTIGATION YA CHASOWA.

  14. Nathan says:

    Congratulations! Andrew Nyirenda is the best choice because he is intellegent and wise!

  15. ğyu says:

    Kodi mwaungulu mukumuchemelera izi the self-acclaimed theorist who posts nonsensical nothings on nyasanet. mwaungulu an independent mind? Koma zinazi ukamva abale, that man is all blue

  16. Patriot says:

    Pamene Nyirendayu sali rebellious, chiri chinse azikangoti “yes bwana”.
    Kodi uyu si uja anakana injuction pa za masankho uja?

  17. Chief Strategist says:

    Andrew Nyirenda and and that food Kenyatta Nyirenda are 2 very different people. Andrew was already second in charge of the Judiciary so I don’t see any problem with his appointment. Congratulations!

  18. common sense says:

    Palibe zo sintha
    Another corrupt thug.

  19. True patriot says:

    God is the only true judge.

  20. Zachisoni Phiri says:

    Congrats man

  21. Kokotowa says:

    Mwangoti tingotenga wina aliyense bola mtumbuka, asiye kukunenani!

  22. The Patriot says:

    Well done APM! It seems mwayamba kusova bwinotu bwana! Atumbukafe timaona ngati simungapange zimenezi komwa mwatidabwitsa! Vote yathu simachedwa kusintha tikaona mmene game ikuyendera, keep it up!

  23. Kadakwiza says:

    Congratulations Hon. Andrew Nyirenda. We Malawians are watching you very close. We need an independent justice system in Malawi. Good luck

    1. MKWate says:

      Two yrs you are retiring. I hear you are 58/59 yrs old. Sudyelera

  24. atate says:

    Kodi Andrew nyirenda ndi Kenyatta nyarenda ngosiyana? Ife timati nyarenda amakhala wausilu ngati uyu

  25. maxwell Nsani says:

    DUNSTAIN MWAUNGULU IS THE ONLY JUDGE WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN IDEAL FOR THAT POSITION. GOD FEARING, INDEPENDENT MINDED AND FEARLESS. THE ONLY WAY THE JUDICIARY IS GOING TO BE TRULY INDEPENDENT IS WHEN A CHIEF JUSTICE WHO DOESNT KISS ANYONE`S ASS IS APPOINTED . THAT JUDGE WOULD HAVE BEEN DUNSTAIN. BUT WE NEVER LIKE INDEPENDENT MINDED PEOPLE NOW DO WE? WE LIKE MEDIOCRE….AKAOMBA M`MANJA!

    1. ayaya says:

      Paranoid or getting senile or early dimentia. Govt should send them judges periodically for mental checkup coz a senile judge is dangerous to the profession.

  26. Greencardless Malawian says:

    Pay back time? Ok, mulungu ajuwona eti?

  27. malawiana says:

    Not a bad choice after all

  28. Tengupenya says:

    Tradition prevails?

  29. Mashamase says:

    Tawonga iwe adada nyirenda mtumbuka woye

  30. INEYO says:

    Mulomwensotu Uyu. Atumbuka Mukuti Bwa?

    1. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

      This comment apropos.; and apt…with tongue in cheek.

  31. Dimingu says:

    Hope Tumbukas will finally shut up

  32. alukosyo says:

    mwaungulu mwamuopa sanyengelera salola sokoto. Akanakutsekerani nonse

  33. Maluda says:

    Well, w shall hw th man performs. I hv trust in him

  34. Edward says:

    What a corrupt idiot they appointed , no difference to the Current AG also an idiot and corrupt , sorry my Malawian brothers, our country will never flourish

  35. ujeni says:

    Mwaungulu deserved this post but DPP lead Government knew the man cannot be bought, he would have locked most of the swindlers

  36. Sub.T/A says:

    So far so good we must wait for the parliament what will they say”good luck Nyirenda

  37. KK says:

    Si Mlakho wa Alhomwe uyu kikikiki

  38. Gule Wa Mkulu says:

    What else, this is Kenyatta Nyirenda’s government. He single handedly put Peter in power. Its pay back time and Kudontoni had said it already. Malawi wowee with its highly corrupt government. Its the government of the corrupt, for the corrupt and by the corrupt.

  39. mgawadere says:

    Apo vili wello osati zinazi mwana ndiameneyu

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