By Kondanani Chilimunthaka
President Lazarus Chakwera has urged the law experts in the country and across Africa to ensure transparency and accountability in executing their duties, saying the development of Africa depends largely on reforms of governments.
He was speaking on Monday, August 8, 2022 when he presided over the official opening of the annual conference for the African Bar Association at Bingu International Convention Center in Lilongwe.
President Chakwera said: “The way to guarantee good governance is to have good people elected or appointed to public office, and some define the goodness of these good people by their age, some by their gender, some by their region, some by tribe, some by their academic qualifications, and some even by their social media popularity, but I reject notion
Good governance can only be guaranteed by strong public institutions that upholds the rule of law, and I am even more persuaded that those who hold office in such institutions can only uphold the rule of law and the principles of good governance if they are required to be transparent and accountable.”
He then told the conference that Malawi is the home of judicial excellence, having clarified the interpretation of the country’s Constitution regarding meaning of the phrase, electoral majority, and delivered the most excellent judgment for the first time in the world by nullifying the constitutional election and ordered for Fresh election two years ago.
Chakwera hinted that his administration will continue making corrections in the country’s justice system to ensure governance reforms which he described as pillars for economic transformation across African region.
Making a key note address, Liberian Vice President, Jewel Howard Taylor told the conference that government’s trusted policies on both governance and law are basis for transparent and accountable justice delivery across Africa, adding that the Association is the voice for transformation.
The conference is expected to run up to Thursday this week and is being conducted under the theme “Instituting and Enduring Legacy of Transparent and Accountable Governance in Africa”.