Nyirenda acting chief justice – Malawi Judiciary

Malawi Supreme Court Judge, Andrew Nyirenda SC,  is now acting chief justice and head of the judiciary following the retirement of Justice Anastansia Msosa, 65.

Justice Nyirenda: Acting head of Judiciary

Justice Nyirenda: Acting head of Judiciary

Msosa: Retired

Msosa: Retired

Msosa, a lady of memoir, was the first woman to be appointed judge of the High Court of Malawi and to be a member of the Supreme Court. She was appointed in 2012 by first Malawi female president Joyce Banda.

In an internal memo to the Judiciary heads by Registrar of the High Court, Joseph Chigona, Justice Nyirenda will be acting the position until President Peter Mutharika appoints a Chief Justice .

In line with the dictates of Section 113 of the constitution, the Honourable Justice Andrew Nyirenda SC, being the most senior sitting Justice, shall perform the functions of Chief Justice until such a time as it pleases His Excellency the State President to appoint a Chief Justice,” a memo by Chigona dated March 2, 2015 reads in part.

Chief Secretary to the Government George Mkondiwa said government is working on the succession process at the Judiciary.

Section 111 (1) of the Constitution says the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the president and confirmed by the National Assembly.

Justice Nyirenda is one of the respected judges Malawi has produced with unimpeachable integrity record .

He chaired the Commission of Inquiry of Malawi Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa who was murdered by regime agents during the DPP-led government.

Chasowa, who studied engineering, was found dead at the college campus in Blantyre on September 24, 2011.

Findings from the Commission named Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Director of Special Events Noel Masangwi   who is now a member of Parliament and Director of Youths Lewis Ngalande as some of prime suspects in the death of the student.

The report also implicated several senior police officers including Rodney Jose the deputy police chief, police officer Stanford Horea and renowned boxing promoter Mike Chitenje.

Police said he had jumped to his death from a five-story building and produced bogus suicide not as evidence.

Jutsice Nyirenda said: “The ultimate findings of the commission is that Robert Chasowa was murdered.”

He said the findings were based on entire testimony of witnesses, which he said “in some instances were lucid and unmistaken.”

Nyirenda said a post-mortem examination report enabled the commission, which included a pathologist, “to determine, with a degree of certainty, the cause and circumstances of Robert Chasowa’s death.”

Justice on Chasowa has been delayed and utterly is being denied.

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Nyasatimes, please create a dislike tab under the comments section. Some of the comments here are full of ethnic prejudice and lack objectivity-This nepotistic attitude planted by the colonialists (divide and rule) and now propagated by our greedy politicians will take us no where. Why measure the content of people based on their region/tribe? In particular, if you made ‘comment No 10’. be ashamed of yourself. On what basis are you linking judge Nyirenda to Kasambara? For your own information I am not a Tumbuka but unpatriotic people like you make me sick.Let merit rule, if judge Nyirenda deserves it,let… Read more »

Just confirm him. Recruitment should be within the judiciary. He is highly loved by so many judges. He will make a good chief justice.Woza nyirenda Woza mzala.



mangochi Kabwafu

Mhlakho will take over


You are acting chief justice coz you come from ……………..waiting for the president to choose his………. ???you can finish yourself because he is impunity.


It looks he is older than Msosa. How old is he? I thought he should retire as well.

Arthur G.M. Mtambo



Phaghlani Vwavwa

The sound of a surname and tribe are important qualifications in this poorest and backward country. Young people of today don’t even understand what a tribe is and what is in a surname. Only old dull and daft people see something in a surname and tribe. Shame on us

Mtchona wopanda mano

Andrew deserves the post but he may not be picked because of the Chasowa case. Dunstain Mwaungulu would then be the next possible candidate in terms of seniority and experience. I personally know both. Although I am from the Lhomwe belt, I believe they have what it takes to make it as CJ!

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