Malawi Law Society (MLS) has been summoned by the High Court in Blantye to participate in the disciplinary proceedings actions against lawyer Christopher Chiphwanya of Denning Chamberson allegations that he abandoned his practice without making appropriate arrangements for his clients money.
The court has summone the law society to participate in the proceedings through its President John Suzi Banda.
Gift Zunde, 34, of Mponda Village in the area of Traditional Authority Nsamala in Balaka approached the lawyers’ body to help him recover the K6.5 million he was compensated with after getting injured while working at the Malawi Cotton Plant in the district when Chiphwanya was his lawyer.
Zunde, who is now a destitute, was injured by a rolling rod of a seed crushing machine which resulted into one of his arms being amputated on August 17, 2012.
He first reported the matter to MLS.
Chiphwanya is reported to be in South Africa.
According to MLS honorary Secretary Khumbo Soko the matter, before High Court is centred around section 21(1) and section 21(1)(1) of the legal education and legal practitioners act, is filed as civil appeal case number 7 of 2008.
“In view of the foregoing, the society would like to request all clients of Mr Chiphwanya’s practice, who had lived and current matter being handled by him on their behalf and who consequently might have be affected with the closure of his practice, to kindly get in touch with Society’s Secretariat as soon as possible and in any event not later than 19 August 2016”, Soko said.
The Malawi Law Society ready to assist those who contact the Secretariat on the matter, according to Soko.