By Rebecca Chimjeka:
Government is failing to start the construction of a new judiciary complex in Lilongwe four years after Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe announced plans for the project.
Gondwe announced that the complex would be constructed opposite Parliament building.
But when asked on the progress of the project, Gondwe said it was not a priority.
“We have never allocated the funds to the project but what we said were just plans to build a judiciary complex. It was not government’s priority,” Gondwe said.
In Lilongwe, the Commercial Court and Industrial Relations Court are operating in rented buildings in the city due to insufficient space at court premises in Area 3.
In 2015, the judiciary said it was working against clock to ensure that judges and magistrates in the capital city have enough courtrooms and judge chambers.
In an interview, judiciary spokesperson Agnes Patemba said, so far, there is nothing that has been done and there has been nothing in their budgets for the complex project.
When announcing plans to build the complex, government said the project was expected to take on board all courtrooms and chambers for magistrates and judges.
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