Books For Africa partnered with the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the AGA-Africa Programme to donate books valued at over seventy thousand US Dollars ($70,000) to the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Malawi. The handover ceremony took place on 5th May, 2023 at the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi.
The ceremony was attended by the Hon. Titus Mvalo, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Dzikondianthu Malunda, State Advocate, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Malawi, Grace Wasili, Senior State Advocate Office of the Director Public Prosecutions, Malawi, among others.
The AGA-Africa Programme was represented by John Edozie, International Advisor AGA-Africa Programme, Chukukere Unamba-Oparah, AGA-Africa Programme Director and Country Coordinator for Kenya and Gift Chikwakwa, AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for Malawi.
The ceremony was officially opened by Grace Wasili, Senior State Advocate, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Malawi with brief remarks from Gift Chikwakwa, AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for Malawi.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Ministry, Hon. Titus Mvalo expressed gratitude for the books. He noted that they will not only benefit the lawyers and prosecutors but also judges who also use the library. He also pointed out that books are important for one’s career in the legal profession, enabling practitioners to win their cases in court.
On his part, John Edozie acknowledged that books are especially important in a world where one can access resources online, as they provide you with permanence and stability. He added that the books donated will provide prosecutors with a chance to deepen their knowledge on legal issues in a criminal landscape that is constantly evolving.
In closing, Dzikodianthu Malunda, State Advocate, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Malawi gave the vote of thanks on behalf of Masauko Chamkakala, Director, Office of Public Prosecutions, Malawi.