The newly-appointed four-member cohort of Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal has advised to be brave when delivering justice as this is a fundamental attribute of a fair, democratic and progressive society.
President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera made the sentiments on Friday when he presided over the swearing-in of the four justices.
“The work of a Supreme Court Justice is not for the faint hearted, but for the brave and just, and my encouragement to you, my Lady and my Lords, is to have the courage to let nothing but the Constitution move you in your determinations on the bench,” said the President.
He emphasized the superiority of the Constitution in the discharge of duty by the Judiciary.
“Your pledge is to the Constitution, the Supreme Law of our land, and as long as you make that your standard against all odds, your Court will continue being worthy of being called Supreme.”
President Chakwera pledged to uphold the independence of the Judiciary for as long as he is in office.
“I want to make you a pledge of my own today. So long as I am President, you will never hear me say anything to the public against a decision you make from the bench, even when that decision is unfavourable to my Administration.”
The four, all former High Court judges, are Sylvester Kalembera, Dingiswayo Madise, Rowland Mbvundula and Dorothy NyaKaunda Kamanga.