BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)— Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda has been forced by the Malawi Government to go on leave pending retirement, MaraviPost has learnt.
In a Notice signed by Chief Secretary Lloyd Muhara, it is alleged that Nyirenda has accumulated more leave days than the days left for him to work.
According to Muhara, in the interim, the most senior Justice of Appeal will act in Nyirenda’s place until the next appointment.
MaraviPost understands that after Nyirenda, the second most Senior Justice of Appeal is Justice Edward Twea and after Twea comes Justice Lovemore Chikopa.
Commenting on the matter, Youth and Society (YAS) director Charles Kajoloweka has accused Muhara of meddling in the tenure of office of the Chief Justice.
“Muhara has no business to meddle in the tenure of office of the Chief Justice. We know its the Executive’s attempt to overthrow the Judiciary. It’s a coup. We are all invited to stop this criminal scheme,” wrote Kajoloweka on his official facebook page.
The Chief Justice is appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and confirmed by the National Assembly by a majority of two thirds of members present and voting.
Justice Nyirenda will be remembered for the landmark ruling of the presidential election case in which the 2019 presidential election was nullified on grounds of massive irregularities.
Following the election appeal case judgment, President Mutharika has been castigating the Judiciary for robbing him of his victory based on irregularities that never changed the original results of any candidate in the presidential race.
Andrew Nyirenda, born on 26 December, 1956, was appointed in March 2015 as the country’s Chief Justice.
He worked for the Malawi Ministry of Justice in 1980 as a State Advocate. In 1983 he became Legal Aid Advocate. In 1984 he became the principal State Advocate. In 1991, he was further promoted to the position Chief State Advocate.
In 1992 he was promoted again to the post of Chief Public Prosecutor (now Director of Public Prosecutions). It was from that position that Nyirenda was appointed to Judge of the High Court.