Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo, who announced his early retirement from the judiciary on Friday, has officially joined the race for the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidency.
Munlo was among the presidential hopefuls who presented their nomination letters for the party’s hot seat, today (Monday) ahead of the closing for the submission of the nomination letters.
In an interview Munlo confirmed to Nation Online to have thrown himself into the race.
“I am one of the senior citizens in this country and we are talking of our country, we are talking about the future of our country. We, therefore, have to give people choices, we have to give hope to the people that everything is not lost and they are people who are ready to serve,” he said.
Munlo, who has served in various capacities both during the MCP government and the DPP government, could not say how he looks at his chances to make it in the party.
“I am a democrat and least worried with the list (of the contenders), the decision is for the convention and the convention is better off with such a wider choice,” said the former Chief Justice.
In an interview MCP Administrative Secretary Portiphar Chidaya, who confirmed having received Munlo’s papers, also disclosed that apart from Assemblies of God President Reverend Dr Lazarus Chakwera and Jodder Kanjere, the party’s former Political Affairs Director Eston Kankhome also submitted his papers.
Before his appointment as Chief Justice during the DPP regime, Munlo who obtained his first law degree from University of Malawi (Unima), served in various portfolios in government such as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Deputy Minister of External Affairs, High Court judge, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP); Senior State Advocate and State Advocate.
He has also served in several positions in international bodies such as Deputy Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania and Registrar of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
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