Oral Advocacy Skills Workshop in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice – Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Malawi

Advocacy skills are essential towards upholding the rule of law and go a long way to ensure justice is served across the board. It is essential for public prosecutors to advance and expand their advocacy skills in the face of surging criminality.

To aid in sharpening the oral advocacy skill among prosecutors, AGA-Africa Programme collaborated with the Ministry of Justice – Directorate of Public Prosecutions Malawi, on an insightful two-day Oral Advocacy workshop from 29th-30th April, 2022.

The workshop was aimed at providing a platform for the prosecutors to enhance their knowledge and skills on advocacy techniques by equipping them with knowledge on how to prepare for, and prosecute cases on human trafficking and tainted asset recovery, or any other criminal cases in the Malawian Courts.

The workshop was officially opened by Gift Chikwakwa, AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for Malawi with a keynote speech from Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda, the Attorney General of the Republic of Malawi.

The workshop sessions were facilitated by subject matter experts: Brian McMath, Division Director, Consumer & Environmental Protection, New Mexico Office of the Attorney General;  Stephen Kiptinness, Senior Partner, Kiptinness & Odhiambo Associates LLP;  Gracilia Mulenga, Principle State Advocate, Taxation and Financial Crimes Department, National Prosecution Authority (NPA); Barbra Mchenga Tsiga, Deputy Commissioner of Police and, of Legal Services, Malawi Police Service; Dzikondianthu Malunda, Acting Chief State Advocate, Mzuzu, Office, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Justice; Jacob Montfort Nambiri, Principal Paralegal Officer, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Pirirani Masanjala, Prosecutor, Ministry of Justice, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Malawi.

The workshop was officially closed by Gift Chikwakwa, AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for Malawi after a vote of thanks from Dr. Steven Kayuni, Director of Public Prosecutions Malawi.