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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :