As first reported by Nyasa Times on Thursday, the Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo early retirement has been confirmed.
After Nyasa Times story, Capital Radio carried a story which said Munlo refuted that he has gone for retirement, insisting he was still at the helm of the Judiciary.
But acting registrar of Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal and High Court of Malawi, Mike Tembo, confirmed that indeed it is true Munlo has gone on early retirement.
“He has gone on early retirement,” Tembo is quoted in the Weekend Nation .
“ If you remember, it was once reported that he already got 50 percent of his gratuity and, therefore, he was supposed to retire next year in May. He has just decided to leave for retirement early,” said Tembo.
Munlo was accused last year by Malawi President Joyce Banda of being part of the plot to thwart her ascendancy to the presidency after the death of late president Bingu wa Mutharika.
But Munlo was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Commission of Inquiry into Mutharika’s death—which also investigated machinations to stop Banda from taking over power.
Before his appointment as Chief Justice, Munlo served in various portfolios in government such as Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1993 to 1994), Justice of the High Court of Malawi (1990 to 1992); Director of Public Prosecutions (1984 to 1987); Senior State Advocate (1980 to 1984) and State Advocate (1976 to 1980).
He also served in various positions at international bodies such as the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.