Christon Ghambi

 
Christon Ghambi

 

 

CHRISTON GHAMBI
A second born in a family of 5 children. The only child who is pursuing tertiary education. Our family is situated in Chitipa, the last district in the northern region of Malawi. I was born in 1982.

EDUCATION
I am pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Law LLB(Hons) a four year programme offered at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi. Currently, I have just completed my second year of study.

MODE OF ENROLLMENT INTO THE FACULTY OF LAW
Law is one of the most challenging courses in the University of Malawi. To that effect, one does not get selected directly into the faculty of law but rather, a student need to perform very well at secondary school level and make it to any colleges in the University of Malawi or any other recognized University and pursue any course. His or her grades from that course should be above 63% or more than an average credit for him to apply for the Law Programme. However, this just shows that the student has qualified to write exams to enter in the law school. It is upon passing this exam which includes written and oral that one becomes a law student. I was thrown in an ecstasy of delight when I successfully got through this challenge.


Part of Chancellor College
   
The next outstanding hurdle was the school costs which my parents could not afford let alone the subsistence costs. However, having explained to the College Registrar, he gave me some information which among other things included the website of Nchima trust. I read, possibly, the entire information on the website which led me to get into touch with the Trust with the college administrators as my referees. Thank heavens, God answered my prayers as Nchima came to my rescue, taking care of my academic costs.

I am in a class of 26, which is composed of 18 male and 8 female students.

THE NATURE OF THE COURSE
Malawi embraced and still uses the English Law System such that the Law Progamme is greatly oriented towards the English system. However, while the English law has been consistently reviewed to meet the status quo, it is a challenge to the Malawi law commission to effectively meet this demand. The course is quite interesting and challenging. It requires a student to dedicate most of his or her time reading a number of relevant books and many cases. It is quite inspiring as it deals with issues happening in our country as well as worldwide. It touches on all issues on the ecosystem of a human being. A student is expected to pass all the subjects offered at every level, otherwise he either repeat or get weeded from the college depending on the level of failure. At this level, I have successfully covered the following subjects: Criminal Law, Administrative law, Constitutional Law, Law of Torts, Law of Contracts, International Law, Property Law, Family Law and Law of Trusts. the next level is the Third year in which we will study the subjects which include: Law of Human Rights, Customary Law, Commercial Law, Company Law, The Law of Wills and Inheritance, Evidence and Procedure, Labour Law. Generally, courses in law are so bulky and require comprehensive study.

LAW AS A PROFESSION IN MALAWI
The services of a lawyer are heavily needed in the public sector as well as in the Private sector. There are a number of institutions which require the services of lawyers and unfortunately the Government is not meeting the demand. The Government requires such services in institutions which include the Law Commission, The Judiciary, The Ministry of Justice, Human Rights Commission, Legal Aid, Electoral Commission, Public Interest Litigation, just to mention a few. There are many people in prisons who have been on remand for years but they have not been brought to court due to luck of legal personnel. Cases take longer period of time before they can be settled such that many people do not even report but just suffer in silence, a situation which perpetrates human rights violation. The private sector as well requires at large the services of the counsel.

   
Chancellor College Library
It is my burning ambition to proceed with studies for Masters Degree and work effectively as Human Rights Advocate in Human Rights Commission in the Government of Malawi or any institutions advocating the same field.

CHALLENGES IN THE PROGRAMME AT THE COLLEGE
The law programme is a course which demands a great deal of study. It involves the study of laws through statutes, cases and other related juristic materials. The stuff is generally so bulky that it requires dedication of enough time. A student is expected to pass all the courses offered each year and failure of one course or more warrants a repeat or being weeded from the college.

The Faculty of Law is heavily under staffed as most of the lectures flock to the Private Industry or involved in some Government work. Some run work at the College as well as run their Private Films. They rarely accomplish course work on the outline. Students are expected to find materials and do a lot of research on their own in order to complete the work on the outline. The college does not have enough books for most of the courses. We scramble for the few books. One need to be on a queue before the library opens for a long period of time in order to access the required book. To curb the problem, the college has put a system in which one borrows a book only for a maximum of two hours per day. There are few computers in the library on which we do our assignments and access internet services at a fee of K100.00 per our. However you have to be on the queue for some time waiting for your turn.

It is with profound gratitude to the organization of Nchima Trust that with their timely assistance, some of these problems are alleviated.