Sikwese’s UN judge appointment vote of confidence – Malawi Law Society

Malawi Law Society (MLS) President Burton Mhango has disclosed that the appointments of Malawian High Court Judge Rachel Sikwese as a United Nation judge is a clear reflection of confidence and respect by the international community towards Malawi’s judicial system.

Sikwese: Now UN judge

Mhango was reacting to recent appointment of Sikwese as half-time judge to United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT).

“It is a very positive development and we would like to wish our learned Justice well as she takes up this task,” said Mhango.

Youthful Sikwese has for the past 21 years served in various judicial capacities.

Meanwhile, office of the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal has pledged maximum support to Sikwese knowing that he is will not working for herself but for the entire nation.

Registrar of the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal Agness Patemba said: “We will give the judge all the support she needs, knowing that it’s not just for her benefit but Malawi as a nation. Knowing her capacity, we do not doubt that she will continue to excel and shine at international community.”

According to reports, Sikwese will be seating six months every year, for seven years, in New York, for cases in America, Geneva (Switzerland), for cases involving UN staff in Europe and part of Asia and then Nairobi to seat on cases involving UN staff in Africa and part of Asia.

But she said she will continue working as a judge in Malawi.

Among other qualifications, Sikwese holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Malawi obtained in 1998 and a Master of Laws Degree from the University of Indiana Bloomington, USA (2000).

She joined the Malawi Judiciary in 1998 as Senior Resident Magistrate and rose through the ranks of the Assistant Registrar of Supreme Court and High Court (2000-2002) then became first Deputy Chairperson of the Industrial Relations Court of Malawi (2002-2004) before her
appointment as first female Chairperson of the IRC (2004-2012).

Sikwese was appointed High Court Judge in 2012 and joined the Commercial Court in 2015.

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1 year ago

congrants .sikwese ..Great achievements and still keep your God by your side.

chinyonyo1
chinyonyo1
1 year ago

congrats and i wish you the best of luck Continue fearing God.

GANGWAYI
GANGWAYI
1 year ago

Congrats.No tippexed appointment.

Sikusinja
Sikusinja
1 year ago

Its not a reflection of our judicial system, rather a reflection that not all apples are rotten at the judiciary and a reflection on her track record. Judicial system yathu ma supreme court ndi awa achina Jane Ansah. Wina ndi uyu ali pa constituted constitutional court Healy Potani who recused himself on an electoral case in 2014 because his brother works at the judiciary but in 2019 can’t recuse himself on an electoral case where the organization his brother works for is a respondent. Then there are these judges and magistrates who we bribe all the time for positive outcomes.… Read more »

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 year ago

No quota or tippex, congrats.

Iantana
Iantana
1 year ago

Congratulations Rachel…

Ngulukira
Ngulukira
1 year ago

Congrats Rachel. This is not mean achievement.

kanchenga
kanchenga
1 year ago

Congrats. Please no tippex when you get there. Be like our mother Anastasia Nsosa. The pride of Malawi. Osati ngati zimbayambaya zinazi.

Tippex is king
1 year ago

I am trying to guess a comment.

Peloma Pepe
Peloma Pepe
1 year ago

All the best mum. You’re a shinning star!

Patrick Banda
Patrick Banda
1 year ago
Reply to  Peloma Pepe

Congrats.
Deliver justice and justice only!

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