Mzikamanda now Supreme Court Judge, ‘to uphold constitution’

Justice Rezine Mzikamanda has taken an oath after being appointed as  Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal and has said his duty will be to uphold the constitution Mzikamanda was sworn in on Monday as Supreme Court of Appeal judge.

President Joyce Banda said she appointed Mzikamanda for the Judge’s dedication and commitment at High Court.

Mzikamanda, who was one of the senior judges sidelined by the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, was appointed on May 16 2012.

As Judge President for Lilongwe Registry, Mzikamanda was one of the deserving officers who were sidelined by the Mutharika administration when it promoted judges.

Mzikamanda joins court of appeal bench

Justice Mzikamanda delivered rulings without fear and in defence of the constitution during the Mutharika’s autocratic rule.

He has also been defeing human rights in his court determinations, saying the current constitution adopted in 1995 is progressive document with a Bill of Rights aimed at guaranteeing and entrenching human rights.

The Judge granted Banda, when she was vice president, an injunction that the security motor vehicles which were snatched by police should be returned to her.

Mutharika ordered the security forces to take away motorcade from Banda with no reasons. But she rushed to court for a stop order.

President Banda, whose husband is retired Chief Justice Richard Banda, said she commended the role the judiciary plays in dispensing justice.

“Be independent when delivering your rulings because this is one of the reasons I do respect the judiciary,” said Banda.

Mzikamanda said he was overwhelmed by his appointment saying he will perform his duties in a free and fair manner.

Many observers say they see “merit, order and justice” in President Banda’s recent appointments.

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