50 GBV Cases to be Heard in 2 Weeks
The judiciary is set to hear 50 gender-based violence cases in 13 districts in two weeks, courtesy of Chilungamo program by European Union.
Ministry of Gender Spokesperson, Fred Simwaka, says the development will ease backlog of gender-based violence cases.
Simwaka told Zodiak Online that there have been many cases of gender-based violence that have never gone beyond prosecution.
He said this has led to increasing cases as perpetrators but had no example of what happened to previous offenders.
He says the ministry is pleased to be assisted by the European Union under the Chilungamo program banner.
Spokesperson for the Judiciary, Gladys Gondwe, said the backlog of cases were, among other reasons, due to issues of jurisdiction in satellite and magistrate courts where there are no magistrates with due jurisdiction under the law.
She said the judiciary is going into areas where it has taken long time without circuit courts.