Phalombe Communities’ Long Walk to Justice
Some communities in Phalombe have expressed dismay over long distance which they are covering to access justice at Phalombe First Grade Magistrate’s Court.
Speaking to Zodiak Online on Tuesday, Senior Chief Jenala says people are struggling to cover a distance of over 50 kilometers to seek justice at Phalombe Boma, seven years after officials abandoned Chitekesa Third Grade Magistrate court due to its dilapidated state.
He said: “Seven years ago, officials from the judiciary visited the site and promised to construct another court but to date nothing has happened.”
Jenala says the trend is also risking lives of people whenever court sessions are concluded late since people have to return to their respective homes late.
Meanwhile, a social commentator, Lonjezo Masikini, says it is worrisome to note that at a time people are struggling to make ends meet, they are also forced to dig deeper into their pockets to seek justice due to territorial judicial distance in rural areas.
Masikini says government should ensure that such services are provided to people regardless of geographical settings.
Judiciary spokesperson, Gladys Gondwe says government has a five-year plan which seeks to construct and refurbish courts once funds are available.