Malawi President Peter Mutharika has promised not interfere with the Judiciary, mainly new Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda to ensure that justice delivery systems are efficient, timely and effective.
Speaking during the swearing of Nyirenda, SC, as Chief Justice at Sanjika Palace on Wednesday, Mutharika . a law professor, also claimed that his government will always respect the rule of law as provided for in the country’s Constitution.
He said Nyirenda’s impeccable career brings renewed optimism and a wealth of experience to the Judiciary at this time when Malawians are demanding improvements in the delivery of various public services, including justice.
“I am, therefore, optimistic that under his leadership, the Judiciary will respond to the public concerns with professionalism, timeliness and proficiency.
“I am saying this because an independent and effective judiciary is necessary in ensuring a safe and secure Malawi,” said Mutharika.
Nyirenda was appointed Chief Justice in March this year following the retirement of first female Chief Justice Anastanzia Msosa.
He was confirmed to be the Chief Justice of the High Court and Supreme Court by the National Assembly in May.
“Justice Nyirenda’s appointment under Section 111 of the Republican Constitution does not come as a surprise to me at all. It is basically a recognition of his skills, experience and an enviable career which spans over three decades now.
“The proficiency, vigour, diligence and zeal that the Chief Justice has demonstrated in the discharge of his various responsibilities are of great inspiration,” emphasized Mutharika.
Nyirenda was appointed Justice of Appeal on June 13 2008 and assumed the office of Chief Justice of the Malawi Judiciary May 20 2015.