After a dark cloud fell in Malawi on Thursday, August 18, 2016, condolences have been pouring to the families of the late Justice Maxon Mbendera who died suddenly on this day.
More details surrounding his death are still sketchy.
Justice Maxon 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. In the same year, he was appointed chairperson of the electoral body and oversaw the 2014 tripartite elections.
The former president, Joyce Banda who is responsible for the appointment of the late Mbendera as the chairman of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) said she was shocked with the untimely death of Justice Maxon Mbendera.
“In the 90s Justice Mbendera was one of the lawyers who was our advisor at the National Association of Businesswomen. He worked closely with our Executive Secretary of the time, Mrs Flora Kaluwile”, she said.
She further said after taking oath in 2012 as State President of the Republic of Malawi, she appointed Justice Mbendera as Judge of the High Court and in the same year she appointed him as Chairman of the Malawi Electoral Commission.
“Justice 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 Malawi Electoral Commission. We pray that his soul should rest in everlasting peace”, concluded Joyce Banda.
The spokesperson for the electoral body Sangwani Mwafulirwa said the MEC Chair died suddenly at City Centre Clinic.
“The chair was in good health and was attending a meeting at the Auditor General’s office in Lilongwe at around 11am, he suddenly collapsed and he was taken to City Centre Clinic where he died while receiving treatment,” he said.
Justice Mbendera hailed from Ntcheu. He was born November 4, 1958 and he will be remembered by Malawians after the incident which happened during the announcement of the 2014 tripatite elections. On this day, Justice Mbendera cried in a remoseful way which brought many questions to Malawians to whether the elections were fair or not.