It’s an honor! Malawi judges react to international recognition

The five judges of the High Court of Malawi, who heard the landmark May 21 2019 presidential election nullification case, have reacted to their selection among three shortlisted nominees for the 2020 Chatham House prize in UK  as  “an honour” and that “ it’s a pride even to the country as a whole.”

Five judges Ivy Kamanga, Dingiswayo Madise, Mike Tembo, Redson Kapindu and Healey Potani   get international honour through Chatham House

Nyasa Times reported on Tuesday that the judges have earned international recognition after   United Kingdom-based Chatham  House—a world centre  for research and analysis for international affairs—  receivied the nomination because their bravery demonstrated in protecting the constitutional process during the presidential election case will improve the state of international relations.

“I and my four colleagues and indeed the entire Malawi Judiciary feel humbled by such an honour and it’s a pride even to the country as a whole,” said  Judge Healey Potani, who chaired the five-judge panel that sat as the Constitutional Court (ConCourt), and received the nomination notification.

The notification letter was   sent by Chatham House director Robin Niblett through a letter dated July 14 2020.

The judges who heard the case include Potani, Ivy Kamanga, Mike Tembo, Redson Kapindu and Dingiswayo Madise.

While the judges are getting international honour,  former president Peter Mutharika, a professor of international law, opined that the Judiciary erred in its judgement and claimed that the international community was laughing at Malawi because of the judgements that nullified his ‘tippex victory’.

Malawi’s leading daily newspaper, The Nation, in an editorial comment stated that it is gratifying to not that for once, Malawi, which hitherto made headlines because of mediocrity, including poverty and  high levels of corruption, is  “a model  in terms of democracy and judicial independence.”

The paper pointed out that besides the Judiciary the media, civil society, security agencies and many others selflessly worked to ensure smooth processes were undertaken.

It said while the country is being counted among the best because of the performance of the five judges , “the momentum or gains will be eroded if mediocrity is once again left to creep in.”

Reads the editorial in conclusion: “ The world  is watching over us. The judiciary and indeed new Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Chifundo Kachale have set the bar very high in terms of the standards. The challenge now lies in sustaining the same.”

Meanwhile, dean of the Faculty of Law at Chancellor College—a constituent college of the University of Malawi, Sunduzwayo Madise, in quotes reported by the same daily, said even if the judges fail to claim the ultimate prize, the shortlist had sent a message to the world that Malawi “can rise above pettiness”.

Said Madise: “This is a huge achievement and positive for Malawi. The nomination shows Malawi’s levels of maturity in terms of democracy and the rule of law.”

The five judges on February 3 2020 nullified the presidential election case over alleged irregularities, especially in the results management system, as prayed by first petitioner Saulos Chilima of UTM Party and second petitioner Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP). The court declared that then president Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was not duly elected and ordered a fresh election within 150 days.

A seven-judge panel of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal on May 8 upheld the ConCourt judgement and Mutharika subsequently lost in the June 23 fresh presidential election to the pair of Chakwera and Chilima who amassed 59 percent of the vote.

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Malawi belong to the citizens

Good things can still come out of Malawi, and malawians are able to compete with other countries in everything.It is possible.Thanks for the recognition of our judges from the chatham House.Judges of Malawi keep that way.

Nambuma boy
Nambuma boy
11 months ago

Chatham House is a useless NGO. That high court judges should yearn to get recognised by such an organization is laughable. Previous winners include Aung San Suu Kyi now responsible for genocide in her country, Hillary Clinton and such other failures.

lima
11 months ago

Malawian judges makes me pride as a Malawi, God bless you all. ❤

AKWENI
AKWENI
11 months ago

ITSANANA

Kayama Chiume Jnr
Kayama Chiume Jnr
11 months ago

All Malawians have to applaud this important recognition of our Judges. However let us also remember the dark times when the Judges frustrated democracy in Malawi by their rulings on Section 65. As Malawians we are blessed to finally have on bench Judges who have the potential to be amongst the best, however like we always do lets not get carried. The Judges rulings on Section 65 allowed ‘political prostitution to thrive in Malawi and enable Muluzi, Bingu, Joyce B and APM to subvert democracy by opposition MPs crossing to support government. This practice nearly killed off our democracy.

Mphatso M
Mphatso M
11 months ago

Congratulations to you our High Court judges, the Big 5, the Pride of Malawi, and Africa at large ! Yes, you have done us all proud, and certainly deserves a medal and every honour. You were very brave, and stood on some ‘rare’ truth, and nothing else but the truth. You surpassed all the bribery attempts, and remarkably and courageously fought for what you believed was right, and according to the constitution of Malawi, and for the betterment of the poor masses. It is a very rare element in African judiciaries, and you have been exceptional, excemplary and excellent. This… Read more »

Ziliro
Ziliro
11 months ago

You poor judges have done everything to launder your judicial coup. The whole world now knows that judicial coups are not illegal especially if approved by friendly supreme court, rubberstamped by illiterate voters and finally washed with an Chatham house award.

Mrs mutharika
Mrs mutharika
11 months ago
Reply to  Ziliro

With time muchila, I understand you

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
11 months ago
Reply to  Ziliro

Walira mokweza mwana wa Dad Pulofesa. Pepa Ziliro, Ziliko Ziliro ndipo sizinati kkkkkkk

Chechinawa
Chechinawa
11 months ago
Reply to  Ziliro

Ziliro zikomo poti ndinu osazindikira mbuzi

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
11 months ago
Reply to  Ziliro

NYEKHWE, kikikikiiiiiiii.

Nyekhwest .
Nyekhwest .
11 months ago
Reply to  Ziliro

Cadet talira mokweza sizikumveka.
pepa cadet udziwe kufunika kwa sukulu
udziwe kupanga business osakonderedwa
udziwe interview
udziwe kufunsira ntchito (osamangozipeza ku mulakho

Opportunist
Opportunist
11 months ago
Reply to  Ziliro

When time passby u will come to terms with the reality.Everything that flies it comes a time settle down.Just accept defeat and move on

Zede
Zede
11 months ago

The award will help legitimise the fraudulent judgment.

Mrs mutharika
Mrs mutharika
11 months ago
Reply to  Zede

Muchila

Chechinawa
Chechinawa
11 months ago
Reply to  Zede

Zede go away with u r urine stinking Mutharika, brute a waste of professor

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
11 months ago

It’s my prayer that DPP should NEVER ever rule this country again. I am not a politician but just a Malawian who is feeling pain due to the looting caused by the DPP Administration.

LLs
LLs
11 months ago
Reply to  Nambuma Girl

Can give us a figure of the looting. It’s pathetic people have been brainwashed by TONSE. You will realise these are exaggerated cases.

True Son of Chigodi
True Son of Chigodi
11 months ago
Reply to  LLs

145 Million, 5 Billion Cement Gate, Escom Fuel Gate, ….. Looting and Plunder

Chipato mike
Chipato mike
11 months ago
Reply to  LLs

Uwafunse ambuyako kumangochi aprofessor kuti ndalama zingati anaba anthu awo

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
11 months ago
Reply to  Nambuma Girl

So LLs you’re that blind and/ or deaf that you can’t see all hear anything? It’s my strongest hope that dpp is forever history now.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
11 months ago

Any comment from thief chief mulakho nkhalamba in Mangochi?

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
11 months ago

I doubt if the Mangochi resident will comment on this. He’s repeatedly claimed that the acts of our judiciary have brought reticule to our nation. Needless to say, his words have not aged well at all. Look who’s the ridiculous fool now!

I am very proud to have a judiciary like this as part of my govt. For the first time in a long time, I feel proud to be a Malawian. Congrats to the five judges. This is no mean feat!

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
11 months ago

Akuti a Chatham House akunena zoona. Amenewo ndiwo mawu a Daddie from Mangochi

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