11 July 2018

Malawi: Nthalire Community Wants a Magistrate

Karonga — People of Nthalire in Chitipa District, through Nthalire Women Forum have expressed concern over the lack of a magistrate at Nthalire Magistrate Court.

Speaking Monday, Chairperson for Nthalire Women Forum, Tereza Mkandawire said there are high numbers of gender based violence cases in the area which are never taken to court due to unavailability of a magistrate at the court.

"We register an average of 15 gender based violence cases in a month but most of them have never been taken to court due to lack of a magistrate at the court. We would have loved if a magistrate was posted to Nthalire Court the soonest.

"Some of these cases die natural death as people find it had to travel to Chitipa Boma which is 115 kilometers away from here to have their cases heard in court," said Mkandawire.

Police Officer-In-Charge for Nthalire Police Unit, Superintendent Lester Chananga said there are a lot of outstanding criminal cases which need to be taken to court but his office does not have enough resources to ferry suspects, witnesses and complainants to and from Chitipa Boma for court hearing.

"Sometimes, we are forced to grant bail to suspects who do not deserve bail due to the 48 hour rule.

We would have loved if government responded to the issue to ensure that people have access to justice in time,"

High Court Registrar, Agness Patemba assured the people that her office would post a permanent magistrate to Nthalire Magistrate Court soon.

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