The Citizens for Justice team is passionate about improving governance and social, economic and environmental rights in Malawi and beyond.
Prior to joining Citizens for Justice, Reinford Mwangonde was briefly a diplomat for the Malawian government’s mission at the United Nations in New York. An activist at heart, Reinford left the UN to pursue a Masters in International Relations at Lancaster University, UK. On completion of his Masters, he established Citizens for Justice where felt he belonged, and he has been here ever since.
In addition to his duties at CFJ, Reinford is a coordinator for several NGOs, sits on a number of national, regional and international boards and is an active member in the domestic and international civil society community. Mr. Mwangonde received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri, USA.
Rachel Etter-Phoya is a GIZ-financed CIM integrated expert and serves as Head of Accountability, Policy and Programmes at Citizens for Justice. She is responsible for leading CFJ’s engagement on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, as CFJ is on the members of the multi-stakeholder group. She supports the Publish What You Pay coalition and manages project implementation across CFJ with a focus on anti-corruption, governance, and technologies for civic participation.
Prior to joining CFJ, Rachel worked with the Revenue Development Foundation as a Senior Revenue Specialist based in the Department of Forestry, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining and with Save the Children as New Business Development Coordinator, both in Lilongwe, where she grew up.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a Master of Science from the Royal Agricultural University, UK. Her passion for socio-economic justice and equitable natural resource management for national development is also expressed through www.mininginmalawi.com and her continued studies in Natural Resources Law and Policy through the Centre of Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, UK.
Elias joined CFJ in September 2015. He is our Environmental Justice Coordinator, working on all environmental management and justice initiatives at CFJ. He is also the National Project Coordinator for the Child Rights and Safety in the Extractives Industry Sector in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda Project. Prior to joining CFJ, Elias volunteered at Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (WESM) from May to September 2015 when he joined CFJ. He has also worked for the Environmental Affairs Department in 2014 as a student attaché. Elias holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Technology with a major in Environmental Management, which he obtained with a credit from the Malawi Polytechnic in 2015. His work on child rights and the vulnerable & marginalized groups has sown a seed of passion for Elias to seek for justice and equality for the vulnerable groups.
Mayamiko Chokhotho – Project Coordinator
Mayamiko is an intern at CFJ working primarily on communications and the Budget and Expenditure Transparency Project. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration and Management from Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya. Previously he worked as a marketing intern for AHL Commodities Exchange (AHCX) where he gained analytical skills in competitive market strategies and assisted in the overall development and implementation of marketing campaigns. Maymiko strives to see an economically-empowered youth taking a lead in entrepreneurial activities and development issues in society.
David Samuel joined CFJ in February 2016. He is currently working on the Open Government Partnership and another initiative to promote the civic participation technology platform Mzinda in partnership with mHub. Through this, David is working to bring about awareness to councillors, members of parliament, and service providers on the use of ICT in engaging citizens. David is a holder of Bachelor of Social Science (Political Leadership) from the Catholic University of Malawi. Prior to joining CFJ, David worked as an intern with Ministry of Industry and Trade, he also worked with the non-governmental organisaiton Children of the Nations in different roles after he graduated from university. David is passionate about seeing not only an informed nation on social and political rights but also young people taking a lead and positive participation in social, political and economic activities.
Susan Lukhere – Project Coordinator
Susan Lukhere is CFJ’s monitoring officer for CFJ’s Wildilfe Crime Project. Through this, Susan is working to eradicate wildlife crimes in Malawi and to monitor all court litigation on the wildlife crimes. Susan graduated from Blantyre International University with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) in September 2016. She also holds a Certificate in Paralegal studies awarded by the Staff Development Institute. Prior to joining CFJ, Susan worked as an intern at Churchill and Norris Law Consultants and at the FDH Legal Department. She has also served as Field Monitor and Child Protection Officer at Save the Children International before graduating.
Yvonne Nsena joined CFJ at the end of 2016. She holds a Bachelors of Social Sciences in Social Work and a minor in Special Needs Education from the Catholic University of Malawi. Yvonne previously worked as Advocacy Officer for Eye of the Child where she worked on communication and document, project design and fundraising, and advocacy. She has studied extensively in a practice based profession and academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation. She is now incorporating elements of social work in her work on access to justice at Citizens for Justice. Yvonne also holds a Certificate in M&E, Project Proposal, Project Management, and Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Service Learning, and can manage databases and use SPSS.
Tiwonge Mwale joined CFJ in September 2016. She is currently working as Project Coordinator on Responsive Mining Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development which promotes transparency and accountability in the extractive sector for equitable and sustainable development in Malawi. Tiwonge holds a Bachelor of Social Science obtained from University of Malawi Chancellor College. She has worked with various organisations including as an Economist (Non Established) at the Ministry of Information, Communications, Technology and Civic Education. She has also served as an intern at the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare. She has a strong desire to work with CFJ, she is most passionate about women’s rights, she feels that when women are included in society as equal members of the society that society always benefits.
Yamikani Ndisale – Advocacy Officer
Yamikani Ndisale joined Citizens for Justice in September 2016. She is an Advocacy Officer that is working on open contracting with a focus on procurement and transparency in aid and debt and the extractive industries. As CFJ develops engagement on open contracting, Yamikani has begun to track the debt the Malawi government has amassed over the years in order to monitor this in the long term. With a Political Science background, she holds a BA in International Relations with a minor in Business Management from Loughborough University, an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, and finally, an MSc in Development Politics from the University of Bristol. Prior to joining CFJ she was an intern at the University of Bristol’s Public Relations Office, a stagiaire at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium and a volunteer at Campaign for Female Education in Cambridge, UK.
Spyton Kawonga – Head of Finance
Spyton is responsible for overseeing the management of CFJ’s finances including account management, preparing budgets and internal auditing. Spyton holds a diploma in ACCA.
As the accounts assistant, Loyce performs accounting activities such as updating and maintaining accounting records, and preparing various accounts. She acquired a certificate of financial accounting under PAEC, and is currently pursuing a diploma in accounting.
Moses joined CFJ on the first of August 2011 bringing with him his good organisational and time management skills. He is responsible for organising transport for the staff and projects. He enjoys working with his colleagues and loves organising information.
Petrus Chinyama – Office Assistant
Petrus makes sure CFJ offices are well-organise and clean. He also provides support for logistical preparation for meetings and is often the first point of contact when you visit our office.