Key Personnel


Gertrude Lynn Hiwa Gertrude Lynn Hiwa

Law Commissioner

Mrs. Hiwa was appointed the third Law Commissioner on 24 June, 2008. Her impeccable legal career spans over 16 years of service in the public sector in various capacities. Mrs. Hiwa started her career as a State Advocate at the Ministry of Justice in 1992. She was seconded to the Office of President and Cabinet in 1994 until 1996 when she returned to the Ministry of Justice now joining the Drafting Section. She rose to head the Drafting Section as Chief Parliamentary Draftsperson in July, 2006 until her appointment as Law Commissioner.

Mrs. Hiwa has, in her career, served as a member of several statutory bodies, been involved in various Government negotiations with various donors as a Legal Advisor. On several occasions, Mrs. Hiwa served as a Commissioner on special Law Commissions of the Law Commission, including the special Law Commissions on the review of the Constitution and Gender-related laws.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Chancellor College, University of Malawi in 1992 and she also holds a Master of Laws degree in Legislative Drafting from the University of the West Indies which she obtained in 1996.



Janet Laura Banda

Janet Laura Banda (Mrs.) - LL B (Hons), LL M (Constitutional Law)

Chief Law Reform Officer

Mrs. Janet Laura Banda joined the Law Commission on 1st February, 1998 as a Law Reform Officer. As deputy to the Law Commissioner, she holds the official title of Chief Law Reform Officer. Prior to her work in the Commission, Mrs. Janet Banda worked as a private legal practitioner with a law firm called Cliffords & Brendan. She proceeded to join the Ministry of Justice as a State Advocate advancing to the position of Principal State Advocate in 1996. 

She has served in other various capacities among them as Vice President of Women Lawyers Association, Commissioner on the Justice and Peace Commission, Secretary to the Task Force on Legal and Judicial Reforms, Chairperson of the Technical Committee of the Forum for Constitutional Bodies and Chairperson of a joint Government of Malawi/European Union Task Force on Civic Education. 

She obtained her Bachelor of Laws with Honours degree from the University of Malawi in 1993 and proceeded to obtain a Master of Laws degree from the University of Georgia in the United States in 1997. She has since 2008 been reading for a PhD at the University of London.


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Allison Thoko Mbang'ombe

Allison Thoko Mbang'ombe - LL B (Hons), LL M (International Economic Law)

Deputy Chief Law Reform Officer I

Mr. Mbang'ombe joined the Law Commission in 1999 as a Law Reform Officer. He currently holds the post of Deputy Chief Law Reform Officer but is currently the Acting Chief Law Reform Officer and heads the Law Reform Section.

Prior to his work in the Law Commission, Mr. Mbang'ombe briefly worked for the Ministry of Justice as a State Advocate and later joined Lilongwe City Assembly as a Legal Officer progressing to the post of Legal Services Manager.

He obtained his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Malawi in 1995 and also holds a Master of Laws degree in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom obtained in 2001.

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Fiona Atupele Mwale

Fiona Atupele Mwale (Mrs.) - LL B (Hons), LL M (Law in Development), Barrister-at -Law

Deputy Chief Law Reform Officer II

Prior to joining the Law Commission in March 2003, Mrs. Mwale worked for the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs as a State Advocate, progressing to the post of Senior Assistant Chief State Advocate.

Mrs. Mwale has previously served as National Advocacy Co-ordinator of the Women Lawyers Association and was in 2006 appointed President of the Women Lawyers Association.

Mrs. Mwale has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Leeds; a Master of Laws degree in Law in Development from the University of Warwick and a Post Graduate Diploma (Bar Vocational) from the University of Nottingham at Trent. She is also a Barrister at Law of the Gray’s Inn.


Chikosa M. Silungwe LLB(Hons) (Malawi), LLM (Warwick)

Assistant Chief Law Reform Officer I

Mr. Silungwe joined the Commission on 1st August, 2001 as a Law Reform Officer. He is a member of the Malawi Bar. Before he joined the Commission, Chikosa worked in private practice in Malawi.

Mr. Silungwe holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Malawi and a Master of Laws degree in Law in Development from the University of Warwick.

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William Yakuwawa Msiska

William Yakuwawa Msiska - LL B (Hons)

Assistant Chief Law Reform Officer II

Mr. Msiska joined the Commission on 1st October 2002 as a Law Reform Officer. 

Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Msiska worked for Nyirenda & Msiska Law Offices, a private legal firm and later moved to Tembenu, Masumbu & Company in September 2000. 

He graduated from the University of Malawi in 1997 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree and also holds a Master of Laws degree in Constitutional Law from the University of Northampton.


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Chizaso Eric Nyirongo

Chizaso Eric Nyirongo - LL B (Hons), LL M (Public International Law)

Assistant Chief Law Reform Officer III

Mr. Nyirongo joined the Commission on 1st November, 2004 as Law Reform Officer. Prior to this appointment, he had worked as a litigation lawyer in private practice with several legal firms and as a law consultant with human rights non-governmental organizations between February, 2000 and August, 2003.

In September, 2003, he proceeded to read for his Master of Laws in Public International Law at the University of Oslo in Norway and joined the Law Commission on his return. Mr. Nyirongo also holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Malawi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting obtained from the International Law Institute.

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Lovemore Danfore Winga

Lovemore Danfore Winga - BA, MSc (Project Planning and Management)

Director of Administration and Finance

Mr. Winga joined the Law Commission as an Administrative Officer in May, 1996 and holds the position of Director of Administration and Finance. He is responsible for provision of administrative, finance and project management services in the Commission. Prior to that, he taught in government and private secondary schools between 1991 and 1993. He also served as an Administrative Officer in the Civil Service from 1994 to 1996.

Mr. Winga obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of Malawi in 1991 and a Master of Science in Project Planning and Management from the Development and Project Planning Centre at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom in 2001.

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Dina Dembo Migochi

Dina Dembo Migochi (Mrs.) - BA (HRM), MSc (HRM), Dip.Ed.

Controller of Human Resource Management and Development

Mrs. Migochi joined the Commission in April, 1999. Previously, she worked as a Secondary School teacher and Head Teacher in a number of Secondary Schools and as a Human Resource Management Officer for the Malawi Teaching Service Commission. At the Law Commission, she advises the Commission on all personnel related issues including policy and administrative practices to conform to HRM best practices.

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