Malawian High Court Judge, Lovemore Chikopa Sworn In

President Michael Sata has defended his position to appoint high court judges to probe a supreme court judge on allegations of misconduct.

President Sata says the constitution does not specify what type of judge can investigate the misconduct of a Supreme Court judge in a tribunal.

The President made the remarks in response to suggestions that high court judges cannot investigate the misconduct of a Supreme Court judge.

Mr. Sata said this when he swore in Malawian High Court Judge, Lovemore Chikopa.

Judge Chikopa will chair the tribunal constituted to investigate allegations of misconduct of Supreme Court Judge Philip Musonda and two high court judges Ccharles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna.

Others sworn in to sit on the tribunal are former High Court Judges Naboth Mwanza and Thomas Ndhlovu.

President Sata also swore in Chipili Katunasa Magayane as secretary of the tribunal.

President Sata on April 30 suspended the three judges and constituted a tribunal to investigate alleged corrupt activities in the judiciary.

Supreme court Judge Philip Musonda and two high court judges Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna will remain suspended pending recommendations by the tribunal.