In a published statement, the Malawi leader further said that Munlo, who died in the early hours of Thursday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, “dedicated his entire life working for the betterment of our country” having served in different capacities including Attorney general, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and Minister of Justice.
“Malawi has lost a person whose life of service will forever be missed,” added the President.
Meanwhile, immediate past Professor President Arthur Peter Mutharika has said the death of Munlo has robbed the country of a “great man full of wisdom and integrity.”
“Justice Lovemore Munlo served this nation with zeal, passion, patriotism and hard work.
"He shall be remembered as one of the great men in the Judiciary who worked tirelessly for the best interest of our country,” said Mutharika.
Earlier on, Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima also said: “A giant sleeps and takes the journey to God’s glory. A nation is robbed and deprived not only of a great legal mind but a bastion of wisdom too. Our loss, heavens gains.”
Munlo was appointed Chief Justice of Malawi in 2007 by the then President Bingu wa Mutharika. He served as Chief Justice until he retired in 2013.
He then contested for the presidency of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) where he lost to Dr Lazarus Chakwera who is now President of Malawi.
Before he was appointed Chief Justice, Munlo served in various portfolios in government such as Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1993 to 1994), Justice of the High Court of Malawi (1990 to 1992); Director of Public Prosecutions (1984 to 1987); Senior State Advocate (1980 to 1984) and State Advocate (1976 to 1980).
Munlo was educated at the University of Malawi, where he obtained an LL.B. Degree in 1976 and the University of London, where he was awarded an LL.M. Degree in 1989.