National Anti-Corruption Aĺliance (Naca) executive Director Moses Mkandawire has urged the Judicial Service Commission to act swiftly on the Ombudsman’s directive regarding High Court judge Llyod Muhara.
In an investigation report released on Thursday, Ombudsman Martha Chizuma directed the commission to make a determination on the suitability of Muhara as High Court judge.
According to the report, Muhara’s position has become questionable following his role in the illegal appointment of Madalitso Mmeta as Board Chairperson of Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) while serving as Chief Secretary to the Government.
While applauding the Ombudsman’s move, Mkandawire said the investigation findings compromises Muhara’s position as a judge.
University of Malawi (Unima) Law Professor Edge Kanyongolo, said much as the Ombudsman’s directives are binding, they can only be subjected to Judicial Review.
Judicial Review is a legal process in which the High Court looks at the decision made and decides whether it was in the limits of the Ombudsman’s power to make that decision and whether correct process was followed.