Friday, October 30, 2009

All Bingu's appointed judges are northerners

By Lucy Liponda

All recently appointed four judges by Malawi State President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika are northerners, Malawi Digest understands.

The new judges, join another judge from the same region who has been promoted to the Supreme Court of Appeal.
The five were sworn into office in the commercial city, Blantyre on Wednesday at a function presided over by the State President himself.

This is contrary to some beliefs and reports that President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika has been favouring people from the southern region more than any other region in the country.

The appointment of the four High Court and Supreme Court judges is the latest in the last three months where Ngwazi Dr Mutharika has entrusted people from the northern region with huge responsibilities.

The appointed judges are Justice Edward Twea of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Judges Maxon Mbendera, Joe Chirwa, Godfrey Mwase and Kenani Manda.

Judges Twea, Mbendera, Chirwa, Manda and Mwase are all from the northern part of the country.

Malawi Digest has established that although judge Mwase sometimes indicates that he comes from Chileka in Blantyre, he actually comes from the north as it is only his mother who comes from Chileka.

About two months ago, Ngwazi Dr Mutharika appointed Dr Bruce Munthali as Chief Executive Office for one of Malawi’s biggest companies, the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC).

Tobacco is Malawi’s biggest foreign exchange earner and offers employment to thousands of people.

However, despite making all these positive moves to entrust huge responsible positions to some people from the northern part of the country, Dr Mutharika’s critics have ignored them and choose to remain silent.

Although Dr Mutharika has avoided to work based on regional lines by appointing people into decision making positions on merit, his strongest critics appear now come from the northern region.

The latest is Harry Mkandawire who recently wrote a letter with scathing remarks to the State President.

Interestingly, Mkandawire and those sponsoring him have decided to remain silent on Mutharika’s positive moves.

Leading human rights activist Emmie Chanika of the Civil Liberties committee has appealed to Malawians to look at national issues with a sober mind and avoid regionalism saying this would divide the country.

Although Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika has made all these five appointments on the judges on people from the north, nobody from the central, southern or eastern region of the country has made a fuss about these appointments thinking that they appointments were done on merit and that Malawi operates as one country without necessarily looking at particular regions-Malawi Digest.


  1. Unfortunately they are there because of their qualifications and experience as civil servants; Dont u think they deserved it? Look at their profile you will find out that they excel. Now back to Quota system; This recent development is what Bingu doesnt want, WHY, he is compelled to promote ppeople of same region, but he couldnt do otherwise since they deserve it; So here come quota, where in 10yrs to come, all these folks will be out on retirement and we have MUTHAKO MWA AHLOMWE bigots

  2. Please, please get rid of those wigs, not only are they ugly but they are so colonial. We can do this people. If we were able to change the police uniforms from shorts to trousers I dont see why not.

  3. But I was expecting that people would appreciate that Bingu is promoting and appointing people on merit.

    What about if all those judges were from the South, what noise were we going to hear from the northers?

    Let then learn something out of these judges promotions and appointments.

  4. I agree that the judges wigs look more threatening and colonial. Please government, do something on the wigs please. We need something more friendly and Malawian in nature.

  5. What's the fuss about what the judges are wearing? What matters is their discharge of justice in Malawi.

  6. So that explains why Bingu was bitter about Northerners. After he was handed over the names to appointed as judges, ananyasidwa. Siunati Bingu zikubwera!!!

  7. Fotseki musatinyanse ndikugawana mitundu, mwatumidwa eti, mwauponda Malawi will always be one, kaya wina afune kaya asafune, sitingadane kapena kumenyana on tribal basis, chitani manyazi ana adyabulosi!!!

  8. Big Man, The appointments were merited. It's even foolish to report thinking you can brainwash aggrieved citizens on quota

  9. Can we stop this rubbish of always talking about regions. We are in the 21st century where the word is globalisation and not tribes. Why do we want to be like the stupid Kenyans and learn from countries like Tanzania. We are Malawians period. Its a shame that we have this stupid thing we call a president who cant elevate himself to that status but he is busy involving himself in silly issues like this. Fotseki

  10. Regionalism must not be had by all leaders in the world. They must do and decide everything justly. They can not only focus on just one area. Those were just my opinion.

  11. If you are going to take out those judges' wigs as colonial symbols, then take away also the English language, the system of government, and so many other replicas of colonialism as colonial symbols! Start with the removal of the English language. How about that? Think before speak, lol!

  12. I am sick and tired of people who spend a lot of their precious time to talk about development and nation-building issues instead of talking of North, Central, Eastern and Southern Regions as separate entities, as if these were separate countries!! Shame, shame, shame! Close to home, go to neighboring Zambia, the Tumbuka and Chewa are very very good friends and allies, just as the Tumbuka and Lozis, Namwangas, Bembas, Tonga, etc. are. But in Malawi, all you hear is about ho! he is Tumbuka, Chewa, Lhomwe, etc. So what, stupid? Most appalling is even the President of Malawi himself advocates and promotes that kind of crap: Ho, northerners are exam cheats! Ho, Northerners contribute nothing to the economy of Malawi! Really, Mr. President? Shame, shame, shame, for a small country like Malawi. We need to work together as one in our diversity in uplifting our country up, people!!

  13. Sorry the first sentence should read: "I am sick and tired of people who, instead of spending their precious time talking about development and nation-building issues, waste it on talking of North..."