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Peter Mutharika urges speed in justice delivery

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Malawi President Peter Mutharika has challenged four newly sworn-in judges to earn the confidence of people by ensuring that they improve delivery of justice.

Mutharika made the remarks Tuesday at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre where the four judges namely Joseph Chigona, Ruth Chinangwa, George Bakuwa and Dorothy de Gabrielle were sworn in.

He said the judges were appointed to be Justices of the High Court because he believed they have the credentials to execute justice impartially and against the judiciary is the prolonged delays in delivery of judgments. Unless you and those already on the bench improve in this area, you shall be guilty of denying the people of this country the justice which they yearn to have,” Mutharika said.

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Mutharika further called on the judges to be accountable to the people of Malawi arguing the pledge they have made, on being sworn-in, is to serve Malawians to the best of their capabilities as per the demands of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi.

“Public office calls for accountability. And occupying judicial office is not an exception. The measure of your accountability will be the speed in the delivery of your rulings, orders and judgments. So when people call on you to be accountable, it is by no means an attack on the judicial independence,” he said.

Earlier in the day, President Peter Mutharika officially launched the Poppy Week and hosted former soldiers who fought in the two World Wars.

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Poppy Week is held in remembrance of the soldiers who fought in the world wars. Mutharika bought the first poppy at K1million.

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