August 19, 2016 by Staff Reporter
Malawi President Peter Mutharika has expressed shock over the untimely death of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson and Supreme Court Judge Justice Maxon Mbendera.
Justice Mbendera died on Thursday at City Centre Clinic in Lilongwe where he was rushed after collapsing in a meeting with Auditor General.
In a statement made available to Nyika Daily News, president Mutharika said that he is deeply shocked with the death of Mbendera. He said that Malawi has lost a true patriot.
“I have learnt with shock the untimely death of Justice Maxon Mbendera. He stood for truth and justice in whatever he did,”
”We all particularly remember him and how he fought for truth in the most trying 2014 General Elections among other roles he
served our country in,” said president Mutharika.
On her part, former president and leader of People’s Party(PP) Dr Joyce Banda said that Malawi has lost a young man.
“Mbendera was young and could have contributed a lot more to the development of our country,”
”It is for this reason that we condole all the members of staff and all members of the MEC. We pray that his soul should rest in everlasting peace,” said Joyce Banda.
In his tribute, late President Bingu Wa Mutharika legal Assistant 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,” said Ntata.
Ntata added that, “As Chairperson of the MEC, 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.
Justice Maxon Mbendera SC was born on 4th November 1958.
He held an LLB (Hons) Degree from the University of Malawi and an LLM in International Trade and Investment Law.
He was appointed Supreme Court Justice of Appeal in December, 2012. Between 2009 and 2012, he served as a founding member of the SADC Electoral Advisory Council(SEAC).
He was relieved of that office upon appointment to become Lord Chair of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC). As Lord Chair of MEC, he has led many Electoral
Observation Missions on behalf of the Commonwealth, the African Union (AU), and the ECF-SADC.