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Minister of Justice

Hon. Samuel Baston Tembenu, SC

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

Hon.  Samuel Batson Tembenu was appointed a Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
on 19th June 2014, a political Head of the Ministry with overall responsibility of overseeing
and coordinating the activities of departments and other government agencies that fall within
the Ministry.

Those departments and agencies include the Registrar General’s Department, the Administrator
General, the Attorney General’s Chambers and also serving as Line Minister for the Malawi
Human Rights Commission; the Law Commission; the Legal Aid Bureau; the Anti- Corruption
Bureau and the Ombudsman. He is responsible for co- ordination of the Government legislative
agenda and ensuring that all legislative proposals from within and outside Government are
considered by Cabinet and are presented to Parliament for consideration.

He is responsible for co-ordination of the Government legislative agenda and ensuring that all
legislative proposals from within and outside Government are considered by Cabinet and are
presented to Parliament for consideration.

Education and academic qualifications
Hon. Samuel Tembenu, SC graduated from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, 
with a Bachelor Degree (Honours) in Law in 1990. He holds a Master of Laws degree in
International Trade Law obtained 2005 from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle in the
United Kingdom.

Work experience

He was admitted to the Bar in Malawi to practice law as a Legal Practitioner in February 1991.
He has continuously practised law for eight years with major Law Firms in Malawi majoring in
the areas of commercial law, constitutional law, corporate law, labour law, human rights and
intellectual property rights.

In November, 1999, he co-founded and set up a law firm operating under the name and style:
Tembenu, Masumbu and Company in partnership with a colleague, James Masumbu. They
founded it as a general practice law firm but with particular bias in commercial law, corporate
law, insurance, labour and industrial relations, constitutional law and human rights, banking law,
mortgages and securities. The firm still exists and comprises several partners and assistants. 

He was actively involved in litigation work as a Senior Partner as well as in the management
of the law firm until June 2014 when he was appointed as Malawi’s Minister of Justice and
Constitutional Affairs. In May, 2016, he was conferred with the honour of Senior Counsel, the
highest accolade and honour conferred on lawyers who have excelled and proven themselves
as achievers within the legal profession



Achievements
Before his appointment as Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Samuel Tembenu,
SC served as:  

  • President of the Malawi Law Society, (a body responsible for regulation of the legal
    profession) for two consecutive terms (2008-2010)
  • Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission for two consecutive terms (2002-2008).
  • Board Member in various private companies, parastatal (statutory) bodies such Water
    Boards; financial institutions and other private corporate bodies
    .

Hon. Samuel Tembenu, SC has also been a member of As the International Bar Association,
the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association and the SADC Lawyers ‘Association.

At a philanthropic level, Hon. Samuel Tembenu, SC has been an active member of the Rotary
Club of Limbe in Malawi since 2005 until his appointment as Minister of Justice and Constitutional
Affairs when he became an Honorary Rotarian. Hon. Samuel Tembenu, SC Still enjoys the
fellowship of the Rotary club  and contributes to charitable causes.

 

 

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Minister of Justice

Hon. Kalekeni Kaphale, SC

Attorney General

Hon. Kalekeni Kaphale was appointed Attorney General in June 2014, a position responsible for
advising the Government on all legal matters and conducting civil litigation for and on behalf of the
Government.
 
Education and academic qualifications
Hon. Kalekeni Kaphale, SC graduated from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, with an
Upper Second Class Honours Bachelors Degree in Law in 1991. He holds a Master of Laws
Degree in Commercial Law from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, passing with a
distinction. He also has a Certificate in the Taxation of International Transactions from the
Commonwealth Tax Academy; and a Certificate in Advanced Trial Advocacy.

Work experience
Before his appointment as Attorney general Hon. Kalekeni Kaphale, SC served as:

  • A member of the Judicial Service Commission
  • Secretary and later on, vice President of the Malawi Law Society
  • Chaired several parastatal boards, including Malawi Telecommunications Limited,
    Southern Region water Board, National Electricity Council, and Blantyre Water Board
    and has served on the board of the Malawi National Examination Board and the
    Reserve Bank of Malawi.
  • Messers Savjani and Co for 8 years in the Litigation section.
  • Board Secretary and Chief Legal Counsel of the Malawi Revenue Authority from 1999 to 2002.
  • An adjunct member of the Faculty of Law, Chancellor College teaching the law of Evidence,
    Advocacy and Ethics as well as, at one time, Taxation law Between 1995 and 2005.
  • In 2002, Hon. Kalekeni Kaphale, SC set up a private law firm, Messrs Kalekeni Kaphale.

 

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Dr Janet Banda, SC

Solicitor General and Secretary for Justice

 


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Chizaso

Chizaso Nyirongo

Cheif Legislative Counsel

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Kachale

Mary Kachale

Director of Public Prosecutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pacharo Kayira

Chief State Advocate, Human Rights Section

Pacharo joined the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in April 2001 as a Senior State
Advocate. He is currently Chief State Advocate (Human Rights Section) since 2013.

The Human Rights Section is responsible for coordination of human rights issues. 
The Section coordinates state party reporting both at United Nations and African Union levels.

He attended Katoto Secondary School in Mzuzu and later Chancellor College of the University
of Malawi where he obtained and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Honours degree, 2001. 

He is a holder of a Masters of Laws degree in International Human Rights Law obtained in 2007
from Lund University in Sweden.

Pacharo Kayira’s areas of expertise include International Law, International Human Rights Law,
International Humanitarian Law, Criminal Justice Reform, Anti-Money Laundering. 

On anti-money laundering he is a certified Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering
Group (ESAMLAG) mutual evaluator.  On Criminal Justice Reform he has taken part in various
research projects including the development of Adult Diversion Guidelines for Prosecutors
(2010), Pre-trial Detention in Malawi (2011).

His Masters Degree thesis was published as a book in 2012 titled “The Right to Face Trial;
Malawi’s Quest to meet International Standards”. 

On International law he has taken part in the development of a Curriculum on International
Criminal Justice with Institute for Security Studies in 2012.  He has also participated in the
annual conference on InternationalCriminal Justice organized by Institute for Security Studies
since 2013. He has also served as a Commissioner on three Special Law Commissions
namely; Firearms Act, Sentencing Guidelines Act and Citizenship Act.

On Human Rights apart from heading Human Rights Section, he is the Chairperson of the
Technical Committee currently drafting the National Human Rights Action Plan.  He is also
the National Focal Point on Universal Periodic Review.

On faith matters he has been a board member of his local church since 2002 as a Youth
Director.  He also serves on various boards including World Vision Advisory Council,
Grace Media, Zoe United Football Club, Zoe Communities, Academy Arete.


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Masinga

George Montfort Masinga

Director of Finance and Administration

George Masinga joined Ministry of justice as a Director of Finance and Administration in
November, 2015. His overall responsibilities are to provide leadership in management
and control of financial, human resources, and general administration.

Education and academic qualifications
George Masinga has a masters degree in strategic management awarded by University of
Derby, United Kingdom; Bachelor of arts (Humanities) Degree from chancellor college,
University of Malawi.

Work experience
Director of Finance and Administration at Ministry of Justice from 2015 up to date; Director of
Finance and Administration at Ministry of labour from 2013 to 2015; Director at Office of the
President and Cabinet from 2013 to 2015; George Masinga has also worked in the office of
President and Cabinet from 2000 to 2013; Community police coordinator at Thyolo Police
Station from 1997 to 2000; Tourism Marketing officer in 1996.

 

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