In a country, and in a world, where gender imbalances continue getting bigger and wider, it was not surprising that the hearing of the May 21 Tripartite Elections presidential poll results dispute case was heavily dominated by men.
From the judges, the lawyers, the petitioners, the audience in the court room – men were always on the majority.
However, three women have made history and will be recorded by the next generation as the only female faces of the high level election court case that took 59 days of evidence hearing, two days of oral submissions making it 61 days in total.
Justice Ivy Kamanga: On the five judge panel in the Constitutional Court to decide on poll case
Chair of the Women Judges Association of Malawi, Justice Ivy Kamanga is a well known versatile figure in the Malawi judiciary. She has always be heralded as a professional who believes in justice.
During the helm of cashgate cases, she was the first judge to jail former Tourism Principal Secretary the late Treza Senzani for her involvement in plundering government resources.
As a judge during the hearing of the election case, many social media influencers described her as always red alert when on the bench.
“Justice Ivy Kamanga’s alertness is something. Always watchful and alert,” wrote Onjezani Kenani a well known socio-political commentator.
Innocentia Nkhoma Ottober
MCP lawyers with Innocentia Nkhoma Ottober among them