Meet Dr. Chikosa Silungwe, The New Attorney General Of Malawi

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has on Monday appointed private practice lawyer Dr Chikosa Silungwe as the new Attorney General replacing Kalekeni Kaphale.

According to a statement from Office of President and Cabinet, Chakwera has made his vice president, Saulos Chilima, minister responsible for Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms.

Chakwera, who is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, has picked lawyer Silungwe who represented Chilima in the historic elections case as the government’s chief legal advisor.


Dr Chikosa Silungwe is a lawyer and a member of the Malawi Bar with a lot of experience. He is a graduate of the Universities of Malawi and Warwick. Silungwe has a PhD in Law and a Masters degree in Law, both from Warwick Law School, The University of Warwick. He has a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) degree from the University of Malawi.

Silungwe has worked in private practice and the public sector; and has in–country work experience in Africa and the United Kingdom. He is world expert on land relations in Malawi using a Foucauldian theoretical framework. In Malawi’s public sector, he worked for the Malawi Law Commission where he was involved in law reform projects on the country’s Constitution, corruption, criminal procedure, education, gender equality, human trafficking, land, the legal profession, marriage and divorce, policing, public entertainment, public health, and wills and inheritance.


Silungwe has expertise in Constitutional law; Constitutional theory; Gender and Land relations; Governance; Land law; Land reform; Law reform; Law in Development; Legislative Drafting; Political Economy; Public International Law; and Property law. My research interests are in Constitutional law; Constitutional theory; Critical Approaches to Human Rights Discourse; Legal theory; Property law; and The relationship between a land question and the political economy with reference to sub–Saharan Africa.

In the last few years, Silungwe has provided bespoke legal advice to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (‘UNMIL’); the UN–Women, Malawi Office; the UN–Habitat Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya; the World Bank, Malawi Office; the Government of Malawi; the Reserve Bank of Malawi; and several national and international private sector corporations.

Silungwe is the author of a book entitled ‘Law, land reform and responsibilisation: A perspective from Malawi’s land question’ (Pretoria University Law Press, 2015).

Other appointees in the cabinet of President Lazarus Chakwera are Felix Mlusu, appointed as the new Finance Minister while firebrand Dowa East member of Parliament (MP) Richard Chimwendo Banda (Malawi Congress Party) Richard Chimwendo Banda is the new Minister of Homeland Security.

President Chakwera has also appointed Zangazanga Chikhosi as Chief Secretary to the government to be deputised by Dr. Janet Banda.


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