The Judiciary has pledged to deploy a magistrate and other staff to manage affairs at the rehabilitated Makhuwira’s Ngwengwe court in Chikwawa after over five years without functioning.
The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Chikwawa Diocese handed over the rehabilitated court on Friday at Malata Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Makhuwira.
On his part, Blantyre principal resident magistrate Innocent Nebi, who was the guest of honour at the event, said it was pleasing to witness the hand-over ceremony of the court, noting that CCJP had done a commendable job.
“I am very delighted with the development because it will bring justice to the rural masses as they were unable to access it. I should assure the people here that come July end, the court will begin its operations with a new magistrate and other staff who have already been notified and are ready to take up the task,” said Nebi.
Chikwawa first grade magistrate Gladston Chirundu commended CCJP for the rehabilitation of Ngwengwe court, saying it was very difficult to travel from Chikwawa to the area to handle legal matters as both law enforcers and the communities had to travel a 50-kilometre distance to deliver or access justice.
The rehabilitation of Ngwengwe court in T/A Makhuwira as well as the provision of other resources for its operation has cost of K1 600 000.