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Justice Maxon Mbendela

Justice Maxon Mbendela

Justice Maxon Mbendela is Chairperson of the Commission. He holds an LLB from the University of Malawi and an LLM in International Economic Law. He has 31 years experience as a lawyer. He was admitted to the bar in 1981 and worked for Savjan and Company for 13 years and set up his own, Mbendela and Company. He conferred status of Senior Counsel in 2008 and was appointed High Court judge in September 2009. He served as Attorney General between 2011 and April 2012. He has served as secretary of the Malawi Law Society between 1993 and 1994 and its president between 1999 and 2001.

                                                                                                                                            
   
Commissioner Maxwell Mezuwa Banda
Commissioner Maxwell Mezuwa Banda

Commissioner Maxwell Mezuwa Banda holds a BA in Theology from Chancellor College and has worked as a parish minister in Malawi and Scotland for 32 years holding various positions including secretary general of Student Christian Organisation of Malawi (SCOM), Synod moderator and education secretary for the Livingstonia Synod. He has served as member of four presidential committees on enquiry on various issues and as board member for Water Resources Board, Danish Centre for Human Rights, Christian Service Committee, Public Affairs Committee, Malawi Lake Service, Association of Christian Educators in Malawi (ACEM) and Malawi National Council of Sports among others. He also worked as a secondary school teacher between 1983 and 1987. Currently he is a member of board of trustees for the University of Livingstonia

   
 Commissioner Stanley Billiat

Commissioner Stanley Billiat

Commissioner Stanley Billiat is an experienced diplomat. He has worked as a Post Master with the Malawi Postal Corporation from 1984 to 1990, served as UDF MP for Ntcheu South between 1994 and 1999. He was chairperson for Malawi Bureau of Standards in 1999 before being appointed Deputy High Commissioner/Counsellor to Dar es Salam, Tanzania. He also served on the board of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy in 2009 on the then Maravi Peoples Party (MPP) ticket

 

 

 Commissioner Gloria Chingota

 Commissioner Gloria Chingota

Commissioner Gloria Chingota graduated with a diploma majoring in Accountancy from University of Malawi, The Polytechnic in 1969. She has worked as company accountant for Press Group of Companies, head of accounting services for audit firm, Graham Carr and as accountant and office manager for legal firm, Sacranie, Gow and Company. She now runs her own consultancy firm where she is managing director and offers services like bookkeeping, management accounting, annual accounts and cash flow projections. She has also served as board member for the Transworld Radio, EDETA, the Bible Society of Malawi and HHI Secondary School.

   
 Commissioner Emmanuel Chinkwita-Phiri Commissioner Emmanuel Chinkwita-Phiri
 
Commissioner Emmanuel Chinkwita-Phiri is chairperson of the Electoral Services Committee. He holds a diploma and a bachelor of divinity from International Baptist Theological Seminary. Among many positions, he has served as Commissioner for Malawi Electoral Commission between 2003 and 2007, acting secretary general and vice-chairman of the Malawi Council of Churches from 1992 to 1993, President of the Baptist Convention of Malawi from 1992 to 1994 and from 2000 to 2004, member of the National Consultative Council from 1993 to 1994, Ambassador to Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho from 1994 to 1996, ambassador to Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1996 to 1999 and president of the Private Schools Association of Malawi from 2000 to 2008
   
 Commissioner Reverend Allan Chiphiko  Commissioner Reverend Allan Chiphiko

Commissioner Chiphiko holds a LTH diploma in Theology from Zomba Theological School, a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Chancellor College and a Master’s degree in Theology from University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has served several churches and departments under the Nkhoma Synod. He has also served as first and founder Director of Programmes for the Church and Society Programme, deputy secretary general of the CCAP general Synod, chairman for Centre for Youth and Children Affairs and mayor’s chaplain for Lilongwe City Assembly.   Currently he serves as Chowo CCAP in Lilongwe and has been chaplain for Shareworld Open University since 2004

   
 Commissioner Bishop Dr Bernard Malango  
Commissioner Bishop Dr Bernard Malango

Commissioner Malango holds diploma in religious education from Westhill College of education, MPhil from Trinity College, Dublin and a doctor of divinity from Nashotah Seminary, USA. He served as priest in the Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi between 1972 and 1988. He then served as bishop of Northern Zambia and archbishop of Central Africa (Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia) from 1988 to 2002 and as Archbishop and Bishop of the Upper Shire between 2002 and 2007. Between 1974 and 1981 he was executive director for United Church Lay Training Centre and later between 1976 and 1981 as executive secretary of the Association of lay Training Centres in Africa. He has also served as board chairperson of the National Aids Commission and Presidential Contact and Dialogue Group.

   
Commissioner Elvey Mtafu

Commissioner Elvey Mtafu

Commissioner Elvey Mtafu holds a BSc in physiotherapy from the University of Tuebingen, Germany obtained in 1974 and worked as chief physiotherapist before opening her own practice in 1985. She returned home in 1986 to continue with private practice. She has also served as chairperson of the Physiotherapy Association of Malawi (PAM). Between 1999 and 2009 she was UDF MP for Mulanje Bale and Deputy Minister of Science and Technology between 2004 and 2005. During her parliamentary tenure she was chairperson of Public Appointments Committee and SADC-Parliamentary Forum (PF) Health Committee, member of SADC-PF executive committee and vice-chairperson of the SADC-PF Election Observer Team in Zimbabwe in 2000.

   
Commissioner Dr W. Nakanga

Commissioner Dr Wellington Mkwepu Nakanga

 

Dr. Wellington Wilknes Mkwepu Nakanga is chairperson of the Finance and Administration Committee for the Commission. He holds a Human Resource Management and Training Diploma from the Varsity College in South Africa, Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, an MBA from the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) and a PhD in Organisational Leadership from Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. He has worked as a banker at National Bank of Malawi and now is an entrepreneur. He is a founding member of the Paprika Association of Malawi and was its president from 1998 to 2000. He also served as a board member for Petroleum Control Commission, Vice-chairman at the Polytechnic Board of Governors from 1996 to 2000 and as a diplomat from 2000 to 2006. He also lectured while studying in Pretoria. He is a management and business consultant, chief examiner for the Institute of Bankers, lecturer and regional coordinator for the MANCOSA. As an entrepreneur, he owns Executive Dry Cleaners Limited in Blantyre.

   
Commissioner Nancy Tembo

Commissioner Nancy Tembo

 

Commissioner Nancy G Tembo is chairperson of the Media, Civic and Voter Education Committee. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Leadership and Change Management from Leeds Metropolitan University. In 1980 she pursued a secretarial course at the Malawi Polytechnic and joined the Reserve Bank of Malawi as the Governor’s Secretary. In 1985, she joined Olivetti Electronics where she worked as Branch Manager for four years. She then worked from 1990 for Mona Investments as Managing Director for fourteen years, before joining politics in 2004. She served as MP for Lilongwe City South West Constituency between 2004 and 2009 and during her tenure she also served as member of the Public Accounts Committee and Parliamentary Committee on Health and Education. During her tenure as MP she also served as chairperson of Association of Parliamentarian Network Against Corruption (APNAC). She has served as board member of the Press Trust since 2005 and before being appointed Commissioner she was spokesperson for the main opposition, Malawi Congress Party.

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