Anger mounts on Muhara for justice obstruction: Malawi chief secretary ‘sitting’ on case files

Former High Court judge, Lloyd Muhara, did not hand over a stack of case files when he was hired  to assume a new position as government chief secretary and now concerned citizens are venting anger on Malawi’s most senior civil servant for obstruction of justice, Nyasa Times can reveal.

Muhara: No release of files

About 30 people who claim to have been following up on their cases since Muhara left the high court said they feel their right to justice is being trumped upon.

According to a petition which Nyasa Times has seen, the concerned persons demand that “Muhara should hand over the case files with immediate effect” for justice to prevail.

Sources at the High Court in Lilongwe while admitting the stagnation, could not explain reasons behind Muhara’s attitude.

“There have been people putting pressure on cases which he [Muhara] handled,” said the source. “No one knows why the cases are still not done.”

According to the source, “around 40 cases” which Muhara was handling “have no direction” at present.

The cases, he said, range from civil to criminal.

“Some of the cases should have been resolved long time ago, but have not been because of the problem,” said the source.

Attempts to reach Muhara, through his personal assistant, for his side of the story proved futile on Tuesday.

Muhara, a former senior member of the judiciary, was appointed chief secretary to government over a month ago which received a public outcry from the both social commentators and civil societies organisations (CSOs).

He replaced George Mkondiwa who was demoted to a diplomatic post in India.

Some of the people further said they wondered why Muhara, who is well conversant with the law, was behaving in such a manner.

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7 years ago

Chitsilu ndi iweyo Zude. There are so many cases in court. Is this an issue???? Actually we knew it from last week kuti you wanted to start targetting people like him. Pali nkhani apa. People are rotting in prison. What the hell are you talking about?

7 years ago

Alomwe mtima opusa basi.chitsiru ichi,munthu ungachoke pa office opanda proper handover.idiot.

7 years ago

Surely,this country is loosing direction because of what we call educated people The more educated people are being entrusted with key positions the
more our mother Malawi is loosing direction to the disadvantages to most Malawi.We,the educated people, are a complete set of shame to the our nation.

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