Govt Officials Pay Last Respects to Justice Singini
Scores of people from all walks of life that gathered at Area 47 Church of the Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Livingstonia Synod in Lilongwe on Thursday bore testimony to what retired Justice Elton Singini was worth to the country.
In their eulogies at the ceremony most speakers described the departed justice of appeal as an influential figure in the country’s legal sector.
Chief Justice Rezine Mzikamanda described the late Singini as someone who stood by the truth and rule of law.
“He was a man of integrity. We learnt a lot from him and his legacy will live on,” said Mzikamanda.”
Earlier, Information Minister Gospel Kazako said President Lazarus Chakwera is saddened by demise of the retired justice, describing him as a strong source of wisdom.
Kazako said death of Justice Singini has left vacuum which will be difficult to be filled.
“Death of retired justice Singini has hit us hard as a country. The services he rendered will remembered forever,” said Kazako.
Vice President Saulos Chilima, Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara and Attorney General Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda were among key individuals that attended the funeral ceremony in Lilongwe.
Late Singini obtained a Bachelor of Law on July 26 1975 and on July 28, 1975 he joined the Ministry of Justice as State Advocate.
He became Chief Legislative Draftsman in July 1984 and later Solicitor General and Secretary for Justice in 1993.
He was appointed High Court Judge on August 25, 1995 and took oath of office on December 9 1995. Justice Singini became the first Law Commissioner of the Malawi Law Commission on January 18, 1996. He served in that capacity until June 2006.
He also served as vice-president and president of the Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Agencies.
Born on May 6, 1949, Singini is survived by four children.
His body will be buried in his home district, Nkhata Bay on Friday, July 8.