EU rehabilitates Chitipa magistrate court

The European Union (EU) says it will continue partnering with Malawi Government in ensuring a good working environment for the judiciary in the country.

This was said on Thursday in Chitipa when EU handed over a rehabilitated magistrate court in the district.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, EU Deputy Head of Delegation, Aurelie Valtat, was impressed with the structure and pledged more support towards access to justice.

“I am very happy to see a well reconstructed magistrates court for Chitipa. The European Union will continue to partner Malawi Government in ensuring a good working environment for the judiciary, ”said Valtat.

Commenting on the development, Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, said the new look court speaks volumes of levels of commitment and diligence to ensure justice is served.

Nyirenda, Mvalo, Valtat in front of the renovated magistrate court

He said: “Justice must be available to all when it is needed. Judiciary enables social stability and remains a protector of human rights. This means that having a good working environment in the judiciary is very crucial.”

The Chief Justice added that as part of ensuring that justice is served on time, a taskforce comprising several Judges has been established to facilitate processes to establish Financial Crimes Courts.

Minister of Justice Titus Mvalo described the rehabilitation of courts as an enhancer of justice that is an enabler to attainment of Malawi 2063.

Traditional Authority Mwaulambya commended government and the EU for the initiative saying the modern building will motivate his subjects to seek legal assistance.

EU pumped in MK60 million through Chilungamo project to rehabilitate the court to modern standards.

Chitipa Magistrate court before the renovation

For many years in Chitipa, magistrates were delivering judgement while seated in a tight corner of a dilapidated building with few and old office equipment.

Chitipa Magistrates Court becomes the sixth out of ten courts earmarked for rehabilitation under the Chilungamo program.The program started in 2016 and is expected to run up to 2063.