Malawi VP Chilima Leads Hundred’ To Bury Departed Justice Bakuwa
Hundreds of mourners, including the Vice President, Saulos Chilima, who was also personally attached to the bereaved family, gathered to pay tribute to the judge who died suddenly on died in Zambia on Thursday, November 17, 2016.
In a moving eulogy, Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale, said Justice Bakuwa was one of the finest lawyers the country had ever produced and that he was always honest, friendly and humorous.
“Death has dealt us another blow again,” said Kaphale apparently in reference to the sudden death of Justice Maxon Mbendera in August 2016. “If it was possible to seek an injunction against death’s advances, we could have sought one to stop death from taking away our finest lawyers like Justice George Bakuwa.”
Kaphale said the most painful thing was that Justice Bakuwa had died at the time the bench was understaffed while the shelves were filled to the top with case files awaiting the judges’ attention.
Speaking on behalf of the Chief Justice, Judge Andrew Nyirenda, Judge of the High Court, Justice John Katsala, described Justice Bakuwa as a hard-worker and a professional who always pursued justice relentlessly until he was satisfied.
He said Bakuwa’s appointment to the bench was a great achievement saying it now meant that the Chancellor College’s Law Class of ’89 had produced four judges namely Justice Katsala himself, Justice Rowland Mbvundula, Justice Healy Potani and the deceased, Justice Bakuwa.
“We graduated together at Chancellor College and it was the first time in the history of Malawi to have four judges from the same class – it has never happened and this, to us, was a great pride,” Katsala said.
Late Bakuwa was appointed High Court Judge on October 14 2016 alongside three others, namely: Ruth Chinangwa, Joseph Chigona, and Dorothy De Gabriella, and the four were sworn in on November 1, 2016.
Until his appointment as High Court Judge, Bakuwa had been working as Secretary for Admarc since 1995, and he was in the process of clearing his desk at the statutory body to take on his new appointment.
Prior to joining Admarc, he worked as a magistrate and later as state advocate in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
He is survived by a wife, Dr. Rhoda Bakuwa, and two sons, Peter and Precious Bakuwa.