Lawyers meeting at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi have elected new office bearers for the Malawi Law Society to serve in its executive committee for the next two years.
During the elections held at the end of their two-day annual conference and general meeting, the lawyers have elected Burton Mhango as the new president replacing Alfred Majamanda who did not seek re-election.
Mhango, who served as treasurer in the previous team, beat Tadala Chimkwezule who was his vice president by 148 votes to 128.
The position of vice president went to Patrick Mpaka who amassed 186 votes against Felista Dossi’s 71. Dossi has served in the society before as committee member. The third candidate Rally Nita withdrew from the race.
But the lawyers have maintained their confidence in Martha Kaukonde who was seeking re-election as honorary secretary and she went unopposed.
Youthful practitioner Chrispin Chimwemwe Ngunde was unanimously given the responsibility to take care of the society’s purse after he floored corporate lawyer James Kaphale by 189 votes against 29.
The committee members include Robert Mthewa, Edwin Mtonga and Vitumbiko Gubuduza. They will be joined by Mwai Msungama, Madalitso Kausi and Wesley Mwafulirwa who were elected as regional representatives for the South, Centre and North.
James Masumbu was elected as member of the disciplinary committee.
In an interview, the newly elected president said he will work hard to ensure that lawyers behave responsibly.