Nyakwawa Usiwa-Usiwa appointed Judge of Malawi High Court: Madise, Chirwa moved from Mzuzu to Lilongwe

President Peter Mutharika has appointed Nyakwawa Usiwa-Usiwa as new High Court judge.

Usiwa-Usiwa: Now High Court Judge

Usiwa-Usiwa: Now High Court Judge

Judge Dorothy de Gabrielle moving to Mzuzu High Court

Judge Dorothy de Gabrielle moving to Mzuzu High Court

Usiwa-Usiwa was serving as Registrar of the High Court and Supreme Court of Malawi in Blantyre.

He was promoted after serving as Chief Resident Magistrate Court in Blantyre where he was famed for passing lengthy deterrent sentences to convicts including the 14 years jail term for a gay couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga. The two were given presidential pardon,

Usiwa-Usiwa a graduate of the University of Malawi had joined media profession after he first graduated at Chancellor College. He worked with Times Group (formerly Blantyre Newspapers Limited) for s short stint before he enrolled back at Chancellor College for a law degree.

He then joined the judiciary starting as a Magistrate before rising through the ranks.

Secretary to President and Cabinet (also known as Chief Secretary)., George Mkondiwa confirmed in Thursday the appointment, saying President Mutharika has exercised his  powers conferred upon him by section 111 sub section (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, to appoint  Usiwa-Usiwa as a Judge of the High Court.

Mkondiwa said in statement that the appointment is with immediate effect.

In October this year, President Mutharika appointed four new judges Joseph Chigona, Ruth Chinangwa, Dorothy De Gabrielle and George Bakuwa who died suddenly during a tour of duty in Lusaka, Zambia barely a month after his appointment.

Meanwhile, the Judiciary has moved Judges Dingiswayo Madise and John Chirwa of Mzuzu High Court Registry to Lilongwe with effected from 1 January, 2017.

Justice Chirwa was deployed from Blantyre to Mzuzu to help meet the demand for justice in the Northern Region where High Court in Mzuzu has been operating with only Justice Madise.

The Judiciary has since posted new judge De Gabrielle to Mzuzu Court.

Justice Richard Chinangwa has been deployed from Blantyre High Court to Lilongwe Registry while Justice Joseph Chigona is moving in the opposite direction with effect from 1 December, 2016.

Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula confirmed the development.

He said Chinangwa has been deployed to Lilongwe to replace Justice Lloyd Muhara who was appointed by President Mutharika to the post of Deputy Chief of Staff in the civil service.

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congratulations my first boss!!!!!!!!


Odala ONyakawa, kumbukani pa chipala pa Chanco tidauzana nutsimikiza kuti ziphuphu yayi. Onthu o DPP’wa omayenda mmasikono chonde osalandila. Muyan’gwi ntchito dala


Usiwa Usiwa ali ngati judge Mwaungulu. Saopsezedwa ndipo salandira ziphuphu. From college he first taught at Zingwangwa secondary school before he joined Blantyre Newspapers as journalist. Usiwa is also a Writer and Proof-Reader. Ask Tsambalikagwa Mvona


Is this the same Nyakwawa Usiwa usiwa who was a teacher at Zingwangwa secondary School? He was a great teacher and very hard working no wonder he is a High court judge now, something that could have happened a decade ago.


I knew Nyakwawa in Muonjeza & Chimbalanga case. he handled it proffesionary. He deserve to be a judge at high court earlier before.wishing him all the best as he is taking another step in the career of law.

Long over due, I wish he was the Judge 10 years ago. Here comes a no nonsense judicial officer. He really ensure that justice is done especially to the poor and most vulnerable. I still remember his judgement over a Forest guard who defiled 3 girls from the same parents in Machinga Hills. He was granted 12 years for each girls and ordered to service imprisonment with hard labour for 36 years (consecutively). The Anti Tiwo case was another where if the charge was requiring death sentence they were going to get it. Congrats Usiwa-usiwa, we will greatly miss you… Read more »

Conglats Mr Nyakwawa Usiwa -Usiwa….hard work pays!


chaponda naye apasidwe ntchito ku ma court osati ku Agriculture,APM akuganiza bwanji? mulakho basi ! !

Boy George

I want a situation where a Cashgater finds himself/herself in Usiwa-Usiwa’s court.

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