Nyirenda acting chief justice – Malawi Judiciary

Malawi Supreme Court Judge, Andrew Nyirenda SC,  is now acting chief justice and head of the judiciary following the retirement of Justice Anastansia Msosa, 65.

Justice Nyirenda: Acting head of Judiciary

Justice Nyirenda: Acting head of Judiciary

Msosa: Retired

Msosa: Retired

Msosa, a lady of memoir, was the first woman to be appointed judge of the High Court of Malawi and to be a member of the Supreme Court. She was appointed in 2012 by first Malawi female president Joyce Banda.

In an internal memo to the Judiciary heads by Registrar of the High Court, Joseph Chigona, Justice Nyirenda will be acting the position until President Peter Mutharika appoints a Chief Justice .

In line with the dictates of Section 113 of the constitution, the Honourable Justice Andrew Nyirenda SC, being the most senior sitting Justice, shall perform the functions of Chief Justice until such a time as it pleases His Excellency the State President to appoint a Chief Justice,” a memo by Chigona dated March 2, 2015 reads in part.

Chief Secretary to the Government George Mkondiwa said government is working on the succession process at the Judiciary.

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

Justice Nyirenda is one of the respected judges Malawi has produced with unimpeachable integrity record .

He chaired the Commission of Inquiry of Malawi Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa who was murdered by regime agents during the DPP-led government.

Chasowa, who studied engineering, was found dead at the college campus in Blantyre on September 24, 2011.

Findings from the Commission named Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Director of Special Events Noel Masangwi   who is now a member of Parliament and Director of Youths Lewis Ngalande as some of prime suspects in the death of the student.

The report also implicated several senior police officers including Rodney Jose the deputy police chief, police officer Stanford Horea and renowned boxing promoter Mike Chitenje.

Police said he had jumped to his death from a five-story building and produced bogus suicide not as evidence.

Jutsice Nyirenda said: “The ultimate findings of the commission is that Robert Chasowa was murdered.”

He said the findings were based on entire testimony of witnesses, which he said “in some instances were lucid and unmistaken.”

Nyirenda said a post-mortem examination report enabled the commission, which included a pathologist, “to determine, with a degree of certainty, the cause and circumstances of Robert Chasowa’s death.”

Justice on Chasowa has been delayed and utterly is being denied.

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51 thoughts on “Nyirenda acting chief justice – Malawi Judiciary”

  1. Nyamata wakwa Mayaka says:

    Dziko lapansj ndilokomera anthu opanda chilungamo. But remember Jesus is coming again and please be prepared

  2. Why Malawi's Poor says:

    Nyasatimes, please create a dislike tab under the comments section. Some of the comments here are full of ethnic prejudice and lack objectivity-This nepotistic attitude planted by the colonialists (divide and rule) and now propagated by our greedy politicians will take us no where. Why measure the content of people based on their region/tribe? In particular, if you made ‘comment No 10’. be ashamed of yourself. On what basis are you linking judge Nyirenda to Kasambara? For your own information I am not a Tumbuka but unpatriotic people like you make me sick.Let merit rule, if judge Nyirenda deserves it,let it be if not let the best take up the position.

  3. mpopoma says:

    Just confirm him. Recruitment should be within the judiciary. He is highly loved by so many judges. He will make a good chief justice.Woza nyirenda Woza mzala.

  4. zixo says:

    R.I.P.

  5. mangochi Kabwafu says:

    Mhlakho will take over

  6. Truth says:

    You are acting chief justice coz you come from ……………..waiting for the president to choose his………. ???you can finish yourself because he is impunity.

  7. chidumayo says:

    It looks he is older than Msosa. How old is he? I thought he should retire as well.

  8. BOLA ASAGULUDWE, KUTI MULANDU UKHALE MUMUDIMA, NANGA AMBIRI OKHUZIDWA ALI M’BOMA.
    BASI ZONSE AKUZIWA NDI MLUNGU.

    ZIKOMA MAFUNO A BWINO.

  9. Phaghlani Vwavwa says:

    The sound of a surname and tribe are important qualifications in this poorest and backward country. Young people of today don’t even understand what a tribe is and what is in a surname. Only old dull and daft people see something in a surname and tribe. Shame on us

  10. Mtchona wopanda mano says:

    Andrew deserves the post but he may not be picked because of the Chasowa case. Dunstain Mwaungulu would then be the next possible candidate in terms of seniority and experience. I personally know both. Although I am from the Lhomwe belt, I believe they have what it takes to make it as CJ!

  11. xxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    Justice Nyirenda, Kenyatta Nyirenda…. only useless Tumbukas who used to complain that they dont enjoy the country’s national cake. Stupid ideas. Referendum chiyani.

  12. Kenkkk says:

    Yes congratulations my friend Andrew for this achievement. Given a choice between Andrew Nyirenda and Dunstain Mwaungulu, my leanings would have gone for the later but only just as I know both. A very difficult task for me. Dunstain is also older than Andrew, so a good reward before retirement if appointed.

    I have noted the comments made here especially about the Chasowa case. I take the opposite view that his appoint will actually cushion the DPP govt people implicated in the case as Andrew’s thank you for the appointment. What goes behind is the game of this DPP govt, they always have a reason or hidden agenda in their appointments. It is like I give you this and you give me that. The next thing we know is someone has softened and the case is going no where.

    But I have no doubt he will make a very good Chief Justice if permanently appointed.

  13. macd says:

    mbendera yemweyo olira 12 midnight pa tv yemweyo kuti wa wa wa HEHEDE ULLUUU

  14. Nyirenda alowe.Ine ndine Mchewa kapena kuti Mchipeta wengwene koma tsankho nilibe ine.Tere yapa angutengerani usinyolite basi.Tiyeni Omalawi tonse tileke usankhana mitundu kuti umphawibu uchepeko.Inde kaya.Nanenatu ine.Inu mujuvera funani dikishonale ya chichewa mpenyerepo matanthauzo.Napita ine

  15. Ophiri says:

    Malawians obsessed with positions or “posts” as we call it!! it is the only source of income- not creating businesses and employment in the private sector as other rapidly developing neighboring countries!! this is the basis of the federalism debate-Northerners are job seekers and not entrepreneurs- so they want “posts” like Nyirendas!

  16. proudmalawian says:

    let APM appoint his fellow Lhomwe and we will reject him in Parliament. akamufunse Paul Kanyama.

  17. Setup says:

    Nkhaniyi yakhomelera a Nyirenda chifukwa palibe ndichimodzi chomwe chidaoneka pa inquiry ya Chasowa. Nyirenda ndiwolephela amafuna kusangalatsa Amayi. The inquiry mainly attacked the recent gvt.

  18. Makala a Tsanya says:

    Where is Justice Mwaungulu? He is the right man to take the mantle as far as experience and integrity is concerned. If we are to take things the way they were supposed to be Mwaungulu should be anointed

  19. [email protected] says:

    inu mukudziti a ‘truth’ mudzazindikira liti kuti addressing a person by his tribe nza make dzang be civilised for once ha!

  20. mboma says:

    reading the comments here, they simply tell it off why Malawi is the poorest country in the world, while our friends globally are busy finding ways on how they can make their economies better, here we are busy analysing names and surnames of our capable people, what a trash of a country, what i can say is that this issue of justice nyirenda is a true and real test of civil service reforms championed by peter and chilima, otherwise if Nyirenda is not chief justice, then civil service reforms are a bunch of toilet tissues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why leave the most senior in the judicial seniority and yet u r championing civil service reforms???? tikuwonelani tumbuka or no tumbuka, justice nyirenda deserves that post based on merit, after all taziwa kale kuti if he is not picked then merit was never used coz peter and chilima claims to champion civil service reforms, and the confirmation of nyirenda to that post will cement the seriousnes of peter and chilima!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Proff. Ngangabulawayo says:

    Trash… this post should not be tribalistic but rather on merit. Justice Nyirenda could be the right choice. Lets leave the decision in the hands of APM and Parliament.

  22. kd says:

    mtumbuka ayiiiiii please……..

  23. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Whatever, it does not make any difference.

    As long as we have this stupid and silly president called APM and his aid Ben Phiri, this country cannot do better than sliding into dire straits.

    Let’s see who is going to be appointed. The person will not be competent or professionally independent.

    Timati,’ zuphulira’

  24. Alufeyo says:

    Its funny that OPC is busy calling for CVs of judges on order to choose a CJ. Why cant we just respect seniority by appointing Justice Nyirenda as CJ since he is the most senior judge. Nanu ma judge pse resist nepotisim by refusing to submit CVs. Zauchitsiru basi.

  25. mavuto says:

    mai msosa we shall remmand ur desirable work as we are remembering bingu on security, floatation of mk&development

  26. ngoni says:

    Nanga achakwera akuti chani.mukungobwebweta zonse zili mmanja mwawo.

  27. NYAGONDWE says:

    KAYA ABWANA A NYERENDA NDI ATUMBUKA SENA OR MTONGA …. CHONDE AMBUYE MULI KUMWAMBA CHIKHO ICHI CHITIPITILIRE IFE A JUDICIARY! ABWANA AWA NDIODZIKONDA KOPANDA MALIRE! NGATI NKOTHEKA CHONDE BWANA PRESIDENT SANKHANI WAKUNJA ABWERE…BOLA ASAKHALENSO MLAKHO !

  28. Truth says:

    No we can not have two people from the same region heading two arms of gvt. Parliament Nsowoya and Judiciary Nyirenda. we need balance the odds are for Mbendera from Ntcheu Central Region. APM executive, Nsowoya Legislature and Mbendera Judiciary. How about that arrangement apo bii tingongawanapo. all tumbukas back to dead north

    1. Ida says:

      A Truth ndi zoona zimene mukunenazi? Bwanji tinali ndi Bingu ndi Munlo, Jb ndi Msosa komanso Apm ndi Msosa panthawi imodzi? Mwaiwala kale kodi? Zisakomere mbuzi kugunda galu chonde. Kaya a Nyirenda kaya ai tiziwonere limodzi koma argument isakhale imene mwanenayo chifukwa ma precedent tili nawo.

    2. Chirwa says:

      Ziyipa pa Nyirenda. Bwanji APM ndi Msosa onse aku Thyolo? Tiyeni tisayang’ane kochokera munthu koma ukadaulo wake.

  29. ujeni says:

    No justice in a banana country. Chasowa muderers are now MP’s what a joke. All points to the fact Malawi is a failed state. Poorest and full of stupid backward people

  30. social commentator says:

    You mean that stupid and unscientific report was authored by this Nyirenda? Yoy call him the most senior?

  31. Patriot says:

    Awa ngogwilizira chabe.
    Final appointment will be the cousin to ujeni, “baby cry” Mbendera.

  32. Mmodziyekha says:

    Congrants! Welcom unto office!

  33. MSANA WA PETURO says:

    APM can’t afford a Tumbuka chief justice. A Lhomwe or any southerner will feel this gap. In dpp they look for Khrux to occupy such positions. Ife AChewa ndiye adani enieni a dpp. Sangayerekeze kusankha cj waChichewa. Kaya zanu izo kenaka mudzafinyana nokhanokha.

  34. Eluby says:

    Am for Loyd Muhara to be the Chief Justice.Tisabesepo apa.

  35. ndangodusamo says:

    The Chasowa report was very useless where dead people were mentioned as having taken part in the murder of Chasowa. All witnesses were PP functionaries and they were all connected to PP top hierarchy. The Commission itself was compromised by including PP executive members like Paul Maulidi. In short Nyirenda took part in a political circus that was meant to implicate DPP politicians including Peter Mutharika. For these reasons Nyirenda cannot make a good Chief Justice.

  36. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Nyirenda and Sibande are all Tumbukas , they can only act not otherwise.
    They have their own people in line to be appointed.

  37. Ben Phiri in my personal view says:

    Justice nyirenda cant head judiciary because he has been critical of we the lomwes. I can’t approval his name

  38. Kadakwiza says:

    Mbendera will be Chief Justice of Malawi mark my word. The guy helped DPP to win the elections. If not Mbendera, then someone from the south will succeed Madam Msosa. Hon. Andrew Nyirenda will not make it as far as he is a tumbuka. But I understand we got some Nyirendas in Thyolo. If he is one of them may be he will make it. Mbendera tops the list.

  39. SIBWENI says:

    IN DPP LED GOVT I THINK THIS TUMBUKA JUDGE WILL NOT MAKE IT
    -SUCH A POST IS VERY CRUCIAL POSITION TO BE LED BY A TUMBUKA Y HE MIGHT LOBBY FOR FEDERAL GOVT
    –HE IS THE ONE WHO TRIED TO CRUCIFY DPP PUNDITS IN CHASOWA CASE
    -HE IS NOT DPP LOYALISTS
    -HE IS FROM SO CALLED FORSAKEN MBWENUMBWENU LEBEL STATE
    -HE IS LEARNED BUT LACKS INTEGRITY BCOZ OF SELFISHNESS GOOD EXAMPLE RALPH CHIMBARA GASHGATE KASAMBARA
    -HE MIGHT AMMEND THE CONSTITUTION OVERNIGHT WITHOUT CONSULTATION FROM GOVT WITH LEBELIOUS NORTHERN CHIEFS

  40. Omex70 says:

    Ok. He is accepted to be Chief justice. When I saw the name Nyirenda, I became nervous because I thought you are talking about Kenyatta Nyirenda who made Mutharika president of the Republic of Malawi. If it was him I could have become angry and very angry.

  41. True patriot says:

    Now is the time to execute justice on Chasowa’s death.Thus if the findings of the committee you headed are valid.Lord graciously hear us.

  42. Mfwethu says:

    The first assignment for Justice Nyirenda should be a ruling a Chasowa, afterall he already knows the ifs and whats of this delayed justice. Its time for APM to purge the DPP of bloodsuckers!!

  43. Jihad John says:

    Chasowa report was useless. It was too political.

  44. ANALYST says:

    Justice Andrew Nyirenda honestly deserves to be Chief Justice. But for two reasons, he may not make it! These are:

    1. He is Tumbuka
    2. He chaired the Robert Chasowa Commission of Inquiry which implicated the DPP and its top brass

    Anyway, thats how nepotistic this country has gotten now!!!!

    1. Malawiana says:

      Dont worry man. Justice Nyirenda will be Chief Justice just because we know he has just one or two years to retire so we can prepare for our ideal candidate like Mbendera.

  45. Fwangalubiro says:

    He will not head Judiciary if the the story by Nyasatimes is to by mark my word

  46. Peter Nangwale says:

    Mai Msosa zoona kapumeni lija ndikale munayamba ntchito m.boma. Mupume ndi ulemu wanu.. Osasiya kupemphera monga momwe mumachitira

  47. Malawiana says:

    By the powers conferred in me by the Constitution of this poorest and nepotistic country, I appoint Your Honour Justice …..Erukuruku mopwiya as the new Chief Justice.

  48. Emmatuwa says:

    mwagwira ntchito yotamandika Mayi kapumeni bwino

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