By Staff Writer:
Chief Justice Rezinne Mzikamanda has appointed High Court Judge Professor Redson Kapindu as Judge in Charge of the Financial and Economic Crimes Division.
This is part of the ongoing operationalization of the first ever Financial and Economic crimes court which the government of Malawi is setting up with an aim of expediting handling of financial related crimes.
In a memo this publication has seen Kapindu has been assigned to be Judge in charge while Justices Violet Chipao and Annabel Kanthambi have also been re-assigned to the Financial and Economic crimes court to work alongside Kapindu from the High Court.
Meanwhile, High Court Judge Ken Manda has been moved from the Lilongwe High Court to head the Commercial Division at the Blantyre High Court while Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale will now be heading the Lilongwe registry of the Commercial Court division.
In a related development the government of Malawi has gazetted the newly assented to Corrupt Practices Amendment Act.
The new Act among others provide for powers to the office of the Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau to prosecute cases without seeking consent from the Director of Public Prosecution.
The Gazetting of the new law brings some lay of hope in the prosecution of corruption related cases as lately there has been a blame game between the office of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) with the former accusing the latter of deliberating refusing to grant consent on some high profile cases.
Two weeks ago, President Lazarus Chakwera assented to the amended Act alongside other six money related bills which were passed by Parliament recently.