Arusha Times (Arusha)

23 February 2013

Tanzania: Inadequate Courts, Magistrates Contribute to

Scarcity of courts and inadequate magistrates is one of the factors contributing to rural people not getting their rights. This was explained recently by Babati District Commissioner, Mr. Khalid Mandia during the marking of Law Day in the country.

Mr. Mandia said the lack of Primary Courts in Wards and the little number of magistrates are hindrances for the residents to access their rights

"The Government and Judiciary have great challenge of ensuring that primary courts are constructed in every ward so that justice can be easily available" said Mr. Mandia.

He gave an example of Simanjiro District which he said lacks a District Court and one who has a case to be filed in the district court has to travel to either Babati or Kibaya.

"A person, who resides in Msitu wa Tembo in Simanjiro District, near Moshi in Kilimanjaro Region has to travel to Babati accompanied by witnesses, Can he or she really afford those expenses?" asked Mr. Mandia.

The Resident Magistrate in Charge, Rashid Chaungua said that in order to have equal rights before he law, the Government and Judiciary should build sufficient courts.

"Judiciary employers pecks should also be improved in order to motivate them, particularly for the lower cadre. Facilities such as computers and furniture should also be availed," said Chaungu.

Magistrate Chaungua said that many people were losing their rights due to ignorance of the law and procedure of filing and conducting the cases in courts.

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