Lawyers call for delay in oath taking of judges

Malawi Law Society (MLS) has asked government to put on hold the undertaking of oath of office for the newly appointed High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal judges.

Honorary Secretary for MLS Martha Kaukonde said through a statement that the appointees need to be given time to fully finalize cases before them before proceeding to the new posts.

President Lazarus Chakwera promoted four High Court judges to the Supreme Court of Appeal and appointed 12 new High Court judges.

A statement signed by Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Janet Banda said the judge’s appointments are with effect from October 20, 2020.

But Kaukonde argued that the delay in administering the oath of office will ensure that they have fully executed their duties for their previous office as stated by law.

Government officials are yet to comment on the suggestion.

The body went on to applaud government for appointing well deserved judges with a 50-50 representation of men and women by appointing six women out of 12 appointed High Court judges.

Meanwhile, gender rights activist have also joined forces in commending government for using a threshold of 50 percent.

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