Malawian lawyers have yet again entrusted youthful Mandala Mambulasa with the responsibility of overseeing the affairs of the Malawi Law Society (MLS).
He was re-elected for another one-year term during the society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in the resort town of Mangochi from February 27 to March 1, 2014.
Mambulasa defeated fellow youthful lawyer-cum-musician, Davis Njobvu of Savjani & Co. with 43 votes against 26.
He took over the mantle last year February from John Gift Mwakhwawa who served for three consecutive terms of one year each.
The re-elected president is a managing partner in Mambulasa & Company and is also a human rights lawyer and an advocate of media freedom and freedom of expression.
The delegates also put their confidence in Powell Nkhutabasa who was elected vice president after flooring Felister Jumbe, a former executive member. Nkhutabasa has replaced Emmanuel Theu, who did not contest.
Held under the theme “free and fair elections and accountability in public resource management”, delegates to the society’s 2014 conference and AGM also entrusted John Suzi-Banda and Felisah Kilembe to continue serving in their respective positions of treasurer and secretary and official spokesperson respectively. The two retained their positions unopposed.
Reena Purshotam, Alfred Majamanda and Gilbert Khonyongwa were elected as Executive Committee members.
The configuration of the new executive committee has not changed much from the previous one which had Nkhutabasa serving as a committee member. Purshotam and Khonyongwa are the only new faces.
In his brief acceptance speech, Mambulasa thanked Malawi Law Society members for yet again reposing their trust and confidence in him.
He promised not to betray their trust and called upon all the members to work together and participate in the society’s activities.
Mambulasa also thanked National Bank of Malawi, Metropolitan Health and CDH Investment Bank for the sponsorship rendered to MLS towards the conference and the AGM.
And in his keynote address during the opening of the conference, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Fahad Assani, assured the lawyers his ministry would pursue all cases currently in court to the conclusion and ensure that justice “shall not be sacrificed for the people of Malawi at the altar of political expediency.”
The Malawi Laws Society is required by its statute, the Legal Education and the Legal Practitioners Act, Cap. 3:04 of the Laws of Malawi to hold its AGM by 28th February of the year following the end of its calendar year.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :