Kaphale’s moving eulogy,‘we could have sought an injunction to stop death of Judge Bakuwa’: Remembered as both  ‘finest lawyer’ and humorous

Judge George Bakuwa was remembered both as “a finest lawyer” and a honestas well as humours  person at a packed funeral ceremony in his home village, Kachule, Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza district.

Malawi Judges carry the remains of Justice Bakuwa to the hearse.- Pic-By Kondwani Magombo-Mana
Malawi Judges carry the remains of Justice Bakuwa to the hearse.- Pic-By Kondwani Magombo-Mana

Dr.Rhoda Bakuwa,  the widow,  lays a wreath on her departed husband’s grave-Pic. By Kondwani Magombo-Mana.

Vice President Chilima and his wife Mary  pay respec  to Justice Bakuwa after laying their wreaths on his grav.e-Pic-By-Kondwani-Magombo-Mana

Hundreds of mourners, including  the Vice President, Saulos Chilima, who was also personally attached to the bereaved family, gathered  to pay tribute to the judge who died suddenly on died in Zambia on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

In a moving eulogy,  Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale, said Justice Bakuwa was one of the finest lawyers the country had ever produced and that he was always honest, friendly and humorous.

“Death has dealt us another blow again,” said Kaphale apparently in reference to the sudden death of Justice Maxon Mbendera in August 2016. “If it was possible to seek an injunction against death’s advances, we could have sought one to stop death from taking away our finest lawyers like Justice George Bakuwa.”

Kaphale said the most painful thing was that Justice Bakuwa had died at the time the bench was understaffed while the shelves were filled to the top with case files awaiting the judges’ attention.

Speaking on behalf of the Chief Justice, Judge Andrew Nyirenda, Judge of the High Court, Justice John Katsala, described Justice Bakuwa as a hard-worker and a professional who always pursued justice relentlessly until he was satisfied.

He said Bakuwa’s appointment to the bench was a great achievement saying it now meant that the Chancellor College’s Law Class of ’89 had produced four judges namely Justice Katsala himself, Justice Rowland Mbvundula, Justice Healy Potani and the deceased, Justice Bakuwa.

“We graduated together at Chancellor College and it was the first time in the history of Malawi to have four judges from the same class – it has never happened and this, to us, was a great pride,” Katsala said.

Late Bakuwa was appointed High Court Judge on  October 14 2016 alongside three others, namely: Ruth Chinangwa, Joseph Chigona, and Dorothy De Gabriella, and the four were sworn in on  November 1, 2016.

Until his appointment as High Court Judge, Bakuwa had been working as Secretary for Admarc since 1995, and he was in the process of clearing his desk at the statutory body to take on his new appointment.

Prior to joining Admarc, he worked as a magistrate and later as state advocate in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

He is survived by a wife, Dr. Rhoda Bakuwa, and two sons, Peter and Precious Bakuwa.

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Kwacha Malawi
Kwacha Malawi
4 years ago

Mwanache palibe cha nzeru mwanena apa. Who is VP at the funeral? I understood that he was delegated by the Head of State. In our culture all protocol were observed to the VP. Mwanache go back to school so that you should learn again Social Studies, so that you should know separation of powers between these offices.

4 years ago

Kodi a Mutharika azipita ku maliro a anthu a DPP wokha? Koma munthu ameneyu ndatha naye nzeru. Maliro a anthu a kuluakulu monga Mbendera, Gwanda, lero Bakuwa osapita. Koma atamva kuti Kudontoni wamwalira anali konko mpaka kukhazikitsa thumba la ndalama. Ati chifukwa anali mlembi wa DPP, zoona? Uyu si mtsogoleri ndithu. Mtundu wa Mtharikawu ndi wa ku Malawidi koma?

4 years ago

Pitty you VP. and shame on you AG.
Mr VP how could you appoint a selfish man to say your eulogy at late George Bakuwas funeral and the man gives his eulogy and on his own behalf. He did not not even mention of you as a sender. I was just hearing about a rift in DPP but I have observed it myself.

4 years ago


However, I can see a meagre anomaly. One was working for ADMARC. He has later been appointed as judge and sworn in instantly.

Now you are told later on that the judge is dead while on ADMARC duties.

4 years ago

so sad. death is robbing us those who could help clear our government offices of thieves to be in prison. may those that remain carry on the good work without fear or favor. so help you God.

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