Dark Cloud; MEC Chair Justice Mbendera Dies

August 18, 2016 by Staff Reporter

The Sudden death of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson, Justice Maxon Mbendera has left friends, colleagues and the nation shocked.

Justice Mbendera who was also Supreme Court Judge died on Thursday after collapsing in a meeting in the capital city Lilongwe. He was rushed to a City Centre Clinic where he was pronounced dead.

In his tribute, late president Bingu Wa Mutharika legal advisor Barrister Z Allan Ntata said that Justice Mbendera was a man of integrity.

“For me, I will always remember him as a brilliant legal mind and a man of integrity from whom I learned a lot when we worked together for the government,” posted Ntata on his official Facebook page.

Ntata added that, “As Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission, Maxon Mbendera has been ridiculed and accused of many things including rigging elections for the DPP. I have never seen any evidence supporting any of the allegations,”

Concurring with Ntata, a well known Lawyer Wapona Kita said that Justice Mbendera was one of the most intelligent Justices of appeal.

“He was one of the most intelligent Justice of Appeal we had. When appearing before
him, he always put lawyers on their toes with his probing legal questions…,” said Wapona Kita.

Mbendera joined the Judiciary on September 12, 2009 as a High Court Judge and became a judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2012.

The same year, he was appointed chairperson of the electoral body and oversaw the 2014 tripartite elections.

Justice Mbendera hailed from Ntcheu district. He was born November 4, 1958.

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