Jul 20, 2017 Last Updated 10:01 AM, Jul 20, 2017

MP hands over refurbished court to judiciary

The court will ease the plight of the community around Kabudula area The court will ease the plight of the community around Kabudula area
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Lilongwe North Member of Parliament (MP), Patricia Nkanda on Thursday handed over a refurbished MK 4 million Kabudula Magistrates Court to the Judiciary.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Nkanda said the new court would ease the plight of the community around Kabudula area as they had been walking a long distance to Traditional Authority (TA) Khongoni’s area to seek justice.

“As MP of this area, this is the first developmental work that people from this area asked me to undertake as the poor shape of the court forced people to walk a long distance to TA Khongoni’s area where most court cases were being heard. I saw it wise to rehabilitate this structure using the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

“I worked hand in hand with the Area Development Committee (ADC) with the Judiciary’s consent to ensure that people in the area access justice closer to them,” said Nkanda.

Representing the Chief Justice, Andrew Nyirenda, High Court Judge, Chifundo Kachale concurred with the parliamentarian and said the renovated structure would provide a conducive work environment for Judiciary staff in the area.

Said Kachale, “It is the duty of the Judiciary to provide a conducive and safe work place for its staff. The court was in an extremely dilapidated shape and not safe for Judiciary staff. This refurbishment will go a long way in providing a favourable environment for our staff.

“The state of that structure was actually even beyond the minimum requirements of safe working requirements. It was very bad and the ADC and MP coming in to help us rehabilitate it will actually create a safe working environment but most significantly it will also bring the courts back to the people, so the people will not have to be travelling long distances to access justice.”

Traditional Authority Kabudula also thanked the Member of Parliament and the ADC in the Area for rehabilitating the court.

“This court has never been rehabilitated since it became operational in 1961. This is a great development for my area,” said Kabudula.

The rehabilitation of the court and two staff houses cost almost MK4 million.

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