Founder and Director of MBP – Charlotte Mackenzie
Charlotte has been working to improve access to justice in Malawi, in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), since January 2012. She first travelled to Malawi after being awarded a scholarship to intern with CHREAA for 4 weeks and ended up staying 4 months. She has returned to Malawi frequently over the last 8 years and has worked closely with the Legal Aid department, Judiciary, Police and Prison Service in Malawi, to establish the Bail Project. She is a practising Barrister in the UK with Staple Inn Chambers.
The Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance (CHREAA)
CHREAA’s mission is to promote and protect human rights by assisting the vulnerable and marginalised people in Malawi to access justice through civic education, advocacy, legal advice and assistance. CHREAA’s paralegals facilitate the activities of the Bail Project on the ground in Malawi.
Project Supervisor – Siphiwe Maliherah
Siphiwe has worked for CHREAA for the past 9 years as part of the paralegal advisory service (PASI). His role with MBP includes logistical planning of training events and distribution of booklets to Magistrates’ Courts and Police Stations in and around Blantyre. Most recently, Siphiwe has completed a Diploma in Project Management with the Institute of Commercial Management in the UK.
Boxten, a Malawian, spent seven years in prison on remand before being acquitted. Following his release he went to Mpemba staff development College to commence his paralegal studies. He then joined CHREAA and has been working under Malawi Bail Project since 2014. He is passionate about human rights and is hopes to one day become a lawyer and fight for the rights of the voiceless. He currently heads up the bail project’s Mwanza office.
Chisomo has been working as a paralegal with CHREAA, under the bail project, for 3 years and has an Associate Degree in Legal Studies. Chisomo coordinates our bail project activities, working with justice agencies (courts, prisons, police) to make the justice system more accessible for the poor and vulnerable in Malawi.
Kondwani has been working with CHREAA as a paralegal and human rights defender for four years. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Legal Studies. His day to day work involves promoting access to justice through holding Paralegal Clinics (PLC) at prisons, police stations and courts to advise and assist those who cannot afford/cannot access a lawyer.