Mugeni Siwale Mulenga
Senior Fellow – Zambia
Mugeni Siwale Mulenga has served as a judge of the Constitutional Court since its establishment in 2016 and is the current Chairperson of the Judiciary Advisory Committee on Training and Continuing Education.
About Mugeni Siwale Mulenga
Mugeni Siwale Mulenga has served as a judge of the Constitutional Court since its establishment in 2016 and is the current Chairperson of the Judiciary Advisory Committee on Training and Continuing Education. Prior to her elevation to the Constitutional Court, she served as a judge of the High Court, where she actively promoted the use of mediation among litigants, which resulted in a number of cases before her court being settled in mediation.
In her fifteen years of practice as a lawyer preceding her appointment to the High Court bench, Judge Mulenga was a proponent of mediation as a first option in resolving disputes. As in-house counsel, she often represented her institutional clients in mediation.
She also played a key part in the establishment of volunteer consumer watch groups, whose tasks include the facilitation of complaint settlements between service providers and consumers.
She has served on various professional and state boards during her tenure at the Ministry of Justice, including: the Advisory Committee on Mediation and Reduction of Case Backlog, Advisory Committee on Gender, and the Research and Development Committee.
She is a member of the Law Association of Zambia, the Water and Sanitation Association of Zambia, the Zambia Association of Women Judges, and the International Association of Women Judges.
She is involved in many activities surrounding gender-based violence and children’s rights and protection.
Judge Mulenga’s litigation practice focused on constitutional, civil, and criminal law. She was involved in a broad range of civil litigation, while serving as a state advocate in the Attorney General’s Chambers and as in-house counsel for the National Water Supply and Sanitation council.
She also worked as a prosecutor under the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. In her work in the International Law and Agreements Department of the Ministry of Justice, she participated in negotiating and vetting commercial and international contracts and agreements or treaties.
Judge Mulenga informally mediated disputes involving commercial utilities during her employment at the National Water Supply and Sanitation Council.