—Judicial workers complain over amenities

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Judicial workers in Lundazi have complained about the lack of social amenities at the newly constructed court buildings in the area. 

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The workers have told ZANIS in Lundazi that the new local court buildings are not supported by  staff accommodation, water, court furniture and holding cells making service delivery difficulty.

Chikomeni local grade 8 magistrates Pennias Banda and James Nkhata complained to ZANIS recently that the judicial workers in Lundazi face several challenges that have negatively affected the delivery of quality service.

The duo complained that the contractor did not construct staff houses in newly constructed local courts forcing local court magistrates, court clerks and other supporting staffs to squat in grass thatched houses in nearby villages.

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They also disclosed that all newly built local court buildings in the district have no boreholes to provide water, forcing judicial workers to draw water from nearby shallow and contaminated streams thereby endangering their lives.

They explained that government in 2011 constructed four modern and improved local court buildings in chiefs Chikomeni,Zumwanda,Phikamalaza and Mwatalunzi in Senior chief Magodi aimed at providing quality judicial services.

The two judicial workers have since appealed to the government to address issues affecting the staff to enable them service the public efficiently.

But when contacted for a comment, Coordinator for Lundazi and Chama Local Courts Mr Solomoni Mbewe disclosed that government only concentrated in putting up court buildings under  phase one of the project.

Mr Mbewe said phase two of the project will consider to include staff accommodation, water, court furniture and holding cells.

Mr Mbewe has therefore appealed to judicial workers in newly built local courts in the district to be patient and remain calm as government was doing everything possible to provide the remaining facilities.

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