President Peter Mutharika yesterday said his administration will continue to respect the rule of law as provided for under the country’s statutes.
Speaking at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre yesterday at the swearing-in ceremony for Supreme Court of Appeal and High Court of Malawi Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, the President also said his administration will not interfere with the work of the Judiciary to ensure that justice delivery systems are efficient, timely and effective.
Said Mutharika: “I, therefore, ask you to support my resolve to fight crime, including corruption in our society. Unless we join forces, we may win a few battles, but not the war.”
Speaking in an interview after the ceremony, Nyirenda said the Judiciary is a public system equipped to deliver justice to all manner of people, whether rich, poor or old and young, and it is that duty that he will carry forward as Chief Justice.
Mutharika appointed Nyirenda as Chief Justice on March 13 2015 to replace the country’s first female Chief Justice Anastazia Msosa who retired.
Parliament confirmed Nyirenda on May 20 2015.