November 18, 2016   Kondwani Kumitengo

It was on Thursday, 17th November, 2016, in Mjamba Room 2 of Mount Soche Hotel, at the heart of the city of Blantyre. Experts from different specialization of the law profession afforded the final year law students of Chancellor College a rare interaction. The event was a symposium which had been organized by the students with the financial support of their faculty. The theme of the symposium was “The Legal Profession and Justice Delivery: Building Up-coming Lawyers with Integrity.” The guest of honour was Justice Zione Ntaba of the Zomba Registry of the High Court. The other guests were Mr Tionge Kaira, the Executive Director of the Malawi Law Society, Mrs Jean Piriminta from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Mr Mmeta of M & M Global, Ms Susan of WLSA- Malawi, Mr Dalitso Mtambo, the Legal manager of NICO General Insurance, Mr Patrick Chinguwo of the Legal Aid department, Mr Felix Tambulasi, the Company Secretary and Director of Legal Services of the Malawi Revenue Authority and Mr Noel Chalamanda, of Knight and Knight who also happens to be the Mayor of the City of Blantyre. The Law Faculty was represented by Mr Samuel Kaphuka Jr, a lecturer of the Foundational Law Department and Mr James Masumbu of Tembenu and Masumbu law Firm who is also a lecturer and Deputy Head of the Practical Legal Department at the Law faculty.

Mr Joel Matonga, the director of the ceremony, Mr Peter Masiye who spoke on behalf of the students, Mr James Masumbu, Mr Noel Chalamanda as well as Justice Zione Ntaba stressed on the need for integrity and honesty in the legal profession. According to Mr Chalamanda, these are the virtues that make lawyers stand out and enable them to rule their world.     At the plenary session, Mr Mmeta revealed that his firm has been employing new graduates every year for the past three years and that two more graduates will be employed this year.     Mr Chinguwo explained that the legal Aid department has already recruited ten lawyers and but places may still be available for internship. Mr Tambulasi also explained that the MRA has already recruited two lawyers this year although places may also be available on internship basis. He assured the students that interns at his department get good allowances which are almost equal to the salaries that some lawyers get at some firms. The last to speak at this symposium was Mr Kaphuka who, on behalf of the Dean of the Law Faculty thanked all the guests for coming and the organizers of the event for the efforts which they had undertaken in order to make the event colurful.                                                        

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