Lawyers call for resignation of Malawi Law Society president

Lawyers in Malawi have petitioned the President of Malawi Law Society( MLS) , Burton Chidongongo Mhango to resign for failing to run affairs of the organization and allowing it to be peddling partisan politics in favour of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

MLS president Chidongondo Mhango and honourary secretary Kaukonde: Under fire from Malawi lawyers

The petition calls him to step down as the body’s leader together with Secretary of the MLS, Martha Kaukonde and vice president, Patrick Mpaka.

This is contained in a letter addressed to the trio and is in circulation on the social media.

In the letter, the lawyers are accusing Mhango and his team of failing to defend and promote local lawyers by encouraging Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to hire South African lawyers to represent the electoral body in the appeal case of the presidential nullification c while there are many lawyers in Malawi.

They say undermining Women Lawyers Association and failure by MLS to offer legal advice to Malawians on critical issues affecting the country especially matters affecting the weak and the vulnerable, is also another reason to boot them out.

The lawyers says the leadership of the MLS lost trust from the members as lawyers in Malawi and as a result,  Mhango and his lieutenants cannot be entrusted to lead the organization, hence calling them to step down so that other capable lawyers took over the leadership.

Meanwhile, Malawian lawyers are expressing their views on MEC decision to hire foreign lawyers from South Africa in different social media forums.

Lawyer Khumbo Soko is wondering on how many Malawian advocates have been hired to go and argue in foreign jurisdictions and how many foreign jurisdictions have got laws that allow an advocate from another jurisdiction to be granted audience to argue a case, saying Malawians look down upon themselves thinking that anything from across the borders is better.

On his part, Dean of the faculty of law at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, Sunduzwayo Madise, says using tax payers money K600 Million to hire foreign lawyers to argue a Malawian case and only on appeal after the arguments have already been filed is a scandal.

“Is this really the best way to spend tax money when hospitals have no drugs and which budget line is MEC, an aggrieved party warranting this lavish expenditure,” Madise, who is also commissioner at Malawi Human Rights Commission, wondered.

The four South African Lawyers, Dumisa Ntsebenza sc, Elizabeth Makhanani Mere, Gideon Phalatse and Caphus Mboweni, arrived in the country on Sunday, 8th March, 2020 to assist in the preparation of the appeal case on behalf of MEC.

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Nyekhwe 3
8 months ago

Tumbuka people AKA northerners are shameless backstabbers like Jews. After noting that they can not form government via vote, they scheme CSOs to get into power through backdoor. Devils to the core.

DPP and UDF kundimvetsa sugar lero mu Lilongwe. The city centre was yellow-blue-yellow-blue all over.

Atumbuka samalani. Tsiku lina mtambo wanuyu adzakugwiritsani nsete.

Mike
Mike
8 months ago
Reply to  Nyekhwe 3

Talk about inferiority complex. I have never understood why people from the most populated region constantly spend sleepless nights about people from the least populated region. It must really suck to be a southerner.

Mina
Mina
8 months ago
Reply to  Nyekhwe 3

Pain ndi atumbuka amakuyabwani yooh isalowe day osawatchula Koma atumbuka 🤗🤗🤗 atonga nkhatabay angoni mzimba atumbuka rumphi where mhango comes ankhonde karonga mwaulambiyas kwao kwa mtambo kayira chitipa and other 10 referent languages yet mtumbuka silowa day kkkkkkk .mu southerner si mlomwe Yao Sena mang’anja polani motoooo a Malawi ndife amodzi

Cheyo muysta
Cheyo muysta
8 months ago

I was wondering, when does someone become non-partisan? I am very sure that even those seeking the resignation have their parties and my gues is that they just want to replace this team with those who will be peddling the other way round.

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
8 months ago

kodi si baton emweyi pa dzana paja ananyasitsa za zisankhoyi and you guys have not dealt with him yet???still leaking his arse?

Tchutchutchu
Tchutchutchu
8 months ago

Burton Mhango married the younger sister to Peter Mpinganjira’s wife. Peter Mpinganjira is a young brother to Thom Mpinganjira. So u know what Is happening. Burton is highly compromised.

Phumundu
Phumundu
8 months ago

My friend Martha Kaukonde please zitayeni za MLS mkuwononga dzina lanu. Get out please before its too late.

Chechamba
Chechamba
8 months ago

THIS COULD BE JUST ONE OF THOSE DPP TACTICS TO SIPHONE OUR TAX MONEY. DPP IS REALLY ON SICK AND DEATH BED.

Judge
Judge
8 months ago
Reply to  Chechamba

Siphoning money in calling for Law Society stepping down???School take munapita ya Madras’s! Shupiti

Bondo
Bondo
8 months ago
Reply to  Judge

he means hiring of foreign lawyers for a hooping 600m when MEC says it is expensive to hold another election. there is no moral justification for this expenditure. they are just shooting themselves in the foot.

Mesimadzi
Mesimadzi
8 months ago

Kamuzu was once represented by Stanbrook, was stanbrook a Malawian? From which district did he come From? Was there no MLS at that time?
The ones that are demanding the resignation of Mhango, Kaukonde are the ones that must be relinquished of their membership from the MLS.
Mhango, Kaukonde congratulations for looking at the happenings in the country with professional eyes while others are seeing the same with monetary eyes.

Steve phiri
Steve phiri
8 months ago
Reply to  Mesimadzi

Very different scenario; Kamuzu paid Clive Stanbrook QC from his pocket. APM and MEC are using tax payers money to pay these South Africans.

Onanso
Onanso
8 months ago
Reply to  Steve phiri

Si nyasi za ma lawyer zingaloredwe kuyimira milandu, inu Si ma lawyer mubamwa kachasu basi

Sahara
Sahara
8 months ago
Reply to  Mesimadzi

You’re shallow minded. Kamuzu was a private citizen when he hired Stanbrook. MEC is a government body using taxpayers money.

Mtete
Mtete
8 months ago
Reply to  Mesimadzi

Except that Kamuzu (MHSRIP) was being represented by a foreign Lawyer in his own right, as an individual, unlike MEC which is funded by taxpayers money

Gertrude Pitala
Gertrude Pitala
8 months ago
Reply to  Mtete

No matter how much you explain to dudes like Mesimazi, they will never get it. Their thinking capacity is limited by their blind loyalty to their equally dunderhead president.

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
8 months ago
Reply to  Mesimadzi

nonsense

nabanda
8 months ago
Reply to  Mesimadzi

Join the discussion…koma zina zinyanya, even enanso otsatira president are getting tired now, nanga kumangoluza? be serious

Nicolous
Nicolous
8 months ago
Reply to  Mesimadzi

That was not government money idiot

Mike
Mike
8 months ago
Reply to  Mesimadzi

Let’s altogether laugh at the shallowness of Mesimadzi thinking capability or lack of it.😁😁

Chikoti
Chikoti
8 months ago

Shame on justice system.in malawi..well.connected or corrupt offenders.dont lose cases in malawi..thats a fact.

Kholaniwa
Kholaniwa
8 months ago

Former Chief Justice Richard Banda was not hired but Employment which contained conditions and terms .

charles
charles
8 months ago

The trand of change for Malawi 1891 British protectorate 1914 around 24 years Chilembwe revolt. Transition of First World War 1920 to 1950 and 5 years of Second Word War 30 years and Struggle against what Kamuzu and the People of Malawi then Nyasaland called STUPID FEDERATION OF RHODESIA AND NYASALAND and 1950 to 1963 Struggle transition to Self Rule Independence under Kamuzu Banda for 30 years until Democracy and it is Now around 28 YEARS of STUPID DEMOCRACY. The error of Change to sensible democracy. No matter what the trend is for CHANGE AND THIS CHANGE HAS NOT REVERSED… Read more »

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