Newly appointed judge of the High Court of Malawi, George Bakuwa, has died barely two weeks after taking his oath of office.
Bakuwa died after a short illness in Lusaka, Zambia where he went on official duties.
Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula was not available to comment on the development but The Nation has seen messages from Bakuwa’s family and friends mourning his death on the social media.
Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament chairperson Rhino Chiphiko expressed disbelief at Bakuwa’s death.
Wrote Chiphiko: “Death has swallowed one of our own. George Bakuwa left on Sunday for Zambia on duty. His sugar level rose too high this morning and this was communicated to his employers. Arrangements were immediately made for his wife to fly to Zambia to take care of him and assess the situation so that he could be flown to South Africa for further medical attention.
“His wife was supposed to leave tomorrow but alas by 6.30pm news was received that George was no more. Hard to believe. George was supposed to come back tomorrow to bid farewell to Admarc and commence his new career as a High Court judge. Such is life but it’s unfair. MHSRIEP[May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace].”
Bakuwa,alongside three others, was sworn-in as High Court judge on November 1 at a function presided over by President Peter Mutharika at Sanjika Palace.
Before his appointment as judge, Bakuwa was a private practice lawyer who served as company secretary at State produce trader Admarc.