The Team

Founder and Director – Charlotte Mackenzie


Charlotte has worked with CHREAA since January 2012.  She has worked closely with the legal aid department, judiciary and prison service in Malawi, to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford legal representation.  She is a practising Barrister in the UK with Staple Inn Chambers.











Project Manager – Victor Mhango



Victor worked as a paralegal for 7 years, before being made Executive Director of CHREAA in 2007.  During this time, he has built extremely strong links with the Judiciary, police force and prison service in Malawi and has managed many projects with international organisations such as the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), AusAID and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

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.







Project Coordinator – Siphiwe Maliherah


Siphiwe has worked for CHREAA for the past 9 years as part of the paralegal advisory service (PASI).  His role with the Malawi Bail Project 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 Kudziwe

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 Magwejani

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 Banda

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.