High Court Judge, Nyakwawa UsiwaUsiwa, has died in a road accident in Lilongwe.
High Court Registrar Jack Nriva confirmed in an interview with The Daily Times that UsiwaUsiwa died Thursday.
The accident happened on the Lilongwe bypass near Bunda Turn-off.
UsiwaUsiwa once served as Registrar of the High Court and Supreme Court of Malawi.
He also served as Chief Resident Magistrate at Blantyre Magistrate’s Court where he was famed for passing stiff deterrent sentences to convicts including the 14 year-jail term for a gay couple of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.
The two were later given presidential pardon after the intervention of the United Nations.
Before he joined the Judiciary, UsiwaUsiwa worked as a secondary school teacher and later as a media practitioner.
During his stint as a journalist, UsiwaUsiwa worked as a Sub Editor at Times Group before going back to Chancellor College for a law degree.
UsiwaUsiwa then joined the Judiciary as a magistrate, rising through the ranks.
According to eye-witnesses, UsiwaUsiwa’s official vehicle, a Toyota Prado, swerved before hitting a road reserve concrete pillar. The vehicle then flew for almost 100 metres before it landed in a maize field.
UsiwaUsiwa is said to have gotten out of the vehicle, sat down before some people went to assist him, and took him to a vehicle, where they started off for Kamuzu Central Hospital. According to the sources, he was pronounced dead on arrival.
UsiwaUsiwa had just been given the used car and transferred to Mzuzu High Court Registry where he served for less than two weeks. His move to Mzuzu, alongside Justice Dorothy de Gabrielle, was meant to address shortage of judges in the North.