Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo has retired from his post at the helm of the Judiciary, acting registrar of Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal and High Court of Malawi, Mike Tembo, confirmed on Friday.
In an interview, Tembo said Munlo has gone on early retirement.
“He has gone on early retirement. If you remember, it was once reported that he already got 50 percent of his gratuity and, therefore, he was supposed to retire next year in May. He has just decided to leave for retirement early,” said Tembo.
President Joyce Banda last year accused Munlo of partaking in the plot to prevent her from ascending to the presidency after the death of late president Bingu wa Mutharika.
Munlo was, however, cleared by the Commission of Inquiry into Mutharika’s death, a development which prompted activists to ask Banda to apologise to Munlo, but the President has not yet apologised.
Before his appointment as Chief Justice, Munlo served in various portfolios in government such as Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1993 to 1994), Justice of the High Court of Malawi (1990 to 1992); Director of Public Prosecutions (1984 to 1987); Senior State Advocate (1980 to 1984) and State Advocate (1976 to 1980).
He also served in various positions at international bodies such as the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.