President Peter Mutharika has appointed Deputy High Court Registrar Nyakwawa Usiwausiwa as High Court judge.
A statement from the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) dated December 14 signed by Chief Secretary to Government George Mkondiwa says the appointment is with immediate effect.
In October this year, the President appointed four new judges, namely Joseph Chigona, Ruth Chinangwa , Dorothy De Gabrielle, and George Bakuwa, who died while on duty in Zambia last month, barely a month after his appointment.
Usiwa-Usiwa’s appointment brings the number of newly-appointed judges back to four and comes after Judiciary has just deployed the three judges earlier appointed to three of its four registries.
Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu registries benefitted from the deployment while the Zomba registry is yet to get a judge.
In an earlier interview with The Nation, Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula said initially government planned to deploy one judge to each registry, but Zomba did not benefit because of Bakuwa’s death.
On the new appointment of Usiwa-Usiwa, Mvula could not say whether this means the Zomba registry now has a judge, saying: “It is the Chief Justice who has the prerogative to decide, it’s not that automatic.”