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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the MLS is established under section 75 of the LELPA. It consists of the Chairperson, one representative from each Chapter of the MLS and other officers determined by the MLS. The MLS established three (3) Chapters namely: Southern Region Chapter, Central Region Chapter and Northern Region Chapter. The full positions of the Executive Committee are as follows: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Honorary Secretary, Treasurer, Chapter Representative (South), Chapter Representative (Centre), Chapter Representative (North) and three (3) Committee Members. The following are the members of the 2023 – 2025 Executive Committee:

Patrick Gray Mpaka

Chairperson

Patrick Gray Mpaka holds a Masters Degree (International Business Law),Postgraduate Diploma(Development Law) and Postgraduate Certificate(Commercial and Corporate Law) all obtained from the University of London between 2011 and 2013. He has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree obtained from the University of Malawi 2005.

He is a Legal Practitioner of 18 years standing at the Malawi Bar with vast experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is a Managing Partner in a private practice law firm of DESTONE & Co with offices in Blantyre and Lilongwe. He is a Notary Public and an Insolvency Practitioner.

Patrick was peer re-elected by the 2023 AGM of the MLS to serve as President of the Malawi Law Society for the period 2023-2025 having served as President of the MLS from 2021-2023 and as Vice President for 2019-2021. He brings experienced, tried and tested leadership and professionalism to the Executive Committee of the MLS.

Tusume James Mwabungulu

Vice Chairperson

Tusume James Mwabungulu is a private Legal Practitioner with 20 years’ experience post admission at the Bar having been admitted to practise the profession of the law in February, 2003. He joined the Legal Aid Department in August, 2002 and started practising in September, 2002 as an ex officio legal practitioner under the Certificate of Chief Legal Aid Advocate. In February, 2013 he started TJM & Associates and he is currently the Managing Partner in the firm. He is the Vice President for the Executive Committee for the period 2023-2025.

Gabriel Gift Chembezi

Honorary Secretary

Gabriel is a Malawian lawyer of 16 years’ standing at the Bar. He is a Notary Public and member of the African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice, a grouping of distinguished African and German Scholars. Gabriel holds a Master of Laws Degree in Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention (University of the Western Cape, 2010) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree (University of Malawi, 2006). He is a Partner in the firm of Messrs G.D. Liwimbi and Partners and has previously worked as a State Advocate and Prosecutions Officer in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and the Anti-Corruption Bureau respectively. Gabriel is the current Honorary Secretary of the Malawi Law Society, having served as Committee Member in the 2021-23 Executive Committee

Phatuma Amasi Mataka

Treasurer

Phatuma Amasi Mataka is the Managing Counsel of Amasi & Associates, a law firm based in Zomba. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) degrees obtained from Chancellor College, University of Malawi. She is a lawyer of 9 years standing at the Bar and a Notary Public. Phatuma is an active member of the Malawi Law Society. She served as a Treasurer for the MLS for the period 2021-2023 before she was re-elected to serve on the same position for the period 2023-2025. She also served as Honorary Secretary of the MLS Exco in an acting capacity in March, 2023. She is the MLS Council Representative to the SADC Lawyers Association.

Mcharven Ngwata

Chapter Representative, South

McHarven Ngwata is a partner at Otis Hadley Attorneys. He is a legal practitioner of 9 years standing at the Bar, and is the current Chapter Representative (South) of the Malawi Law Society, a position he will serve for the period 2023-2025. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree attained from the University of Malawi. He has previously worked for the following law firms; Ralph and Arnold Associates, Kalekeni Kaphale Lawyers and Mbendera and Nkhono Associates.

Robert Harry Nthewa

Chapter Representative - Central

Robert Harry Nthewa is a Legal Practitioner of 8 years standing at the Bar. He served as the Committee member for the Executive Committee of the Malawi Law Society between 2018 and 2021. He also served as the Chapter Representative (Centre) for the period 2021-2023. He was re-elected as the Chapter Representative (Centre) during the 2023 MLS Elections. Robert is one of the MLS Council Representatives in the SADC Lawyers’ Association Robert is a partner in the law firm Roberts & Franklin Law Consultants since May, 2019.

William Ntchayabweka Chibwe Jnr

Chapter Representative - North

Mr William Mtchayabweka Chibwe Jr is a Legal Practitioner of 11 years standing at the bar. He is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Malawi – chancellor College. He previously served as a member of the Events Planning & Social welfare Subcommittee of the Malawi Law Society between 2021 and 2023. Currently, He is the Managing Partner and Head of Litigation at John Tennyson, Kawelo & Associates.

Carol Tendai Makoko

Executive Committee Member

Carol Tendai Makoko is a legal practitioner of 6 years standing at the Bar and currently working as Legal Services Manager-Recoveries at NBS Bank PLC. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) Degree from the University of Malawi. Carol is a 2022-2023 Fulbright Scholar, pursuing her LLM in Intellectual Property, Technology and Telecommunica- tions Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. She currently serves as Executive Committee Member for the Malawi Law Society as well as Colorado Law Student Liaison on the Colorado Bar Association-International Law Section Council. She also served a Committee Member in the 2021-2023 MLS Executive Committee.

Kizito Sonkho Kumwenda

Executive Committee Member

Kizito Sonkho Kumwenda is a Legal Practitioner of 7 years standing at the Bar having been admitted on 13th April, 2016. He is currently the Company Secretary and Legal Manager of Eris Properties Mw Limited. He previously worked at First Capital Bank Plc, Mwangomba and Associates (previously Chibambo & Company) and Anchor Mooring Partners. He has previously served as a member of the Sports Subcommittee and the Secretary for the Events and Social Welfare Subcommittee of the Malawi Law Society.

Memory Chipembere

Executive Committee Member

Memory Chipembere is a Legal Practitioner of 18 years standing at the Bar. She is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws (honours) Degree. She holds a Certificate in Insurance obtained from the Chartered Institute of Insurance, UK. Memory has expertise in governance, compliance risk management and legal documentation with a bias towards corporate finance transactions. She is currently a student

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