High Court Judge Michael Mtambo has been appointed one of the international judges to serve at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) court in Lusaka, Zambia.
Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula confirmed the development yesterday saying Mtambo, who was nominated by the Malawi Government, was officially unveiled during the 18th Comesa Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week.
Said Mvula: “He will be serving Comesa as and when his services are needed, but will continue working as Malawi High Court Judge on full time basis.”
He said the Judiciary had received the news with delight and pride as the appointment demonstrates Malawian judges’ competence to preside over cases at international level.
The spokesperson also said Mtambo’s appointment will not affect his capacity as one of the presiding judges for the on-going Cashgate cases at the High Court in Lilongwe.
Born on September 6 1957, Mtambo was appointed judge of the High Court on April 2 2007 and holds a bachelor of laws (Honours) degree from the University of Malawi (1980) and two Master of Laws degrees, one from the University of London (1985) and the other from the University of Pennsylvania (1991). He obtained his PhD in law from Northeastern University (USA) in 1995.
Mtambo also served as a lecturer at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima) as well as at the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (Esami).
In 2012, Mtambo was a consultant to the Uganda Judiciary during the creation of a performance measurement tool for Ugandan judges.
In the same year he was honorary chair and adjunct associate professor in the masters in commercial law at Chancellor College, another constituent college of Unima.