—Kafue District Commissioner, Grace Ngulube says an efficient and effective Judiciary is key to the fight against corruption at all levels of governance.
Ms Ngulube has also observed that cases of child marriages, Gender Based Violence (GBV), and defilement can only reduce if the country puts a strong legal and judicial system in place and if members of the public are enlightened.
Speaking when the Legal and Justice Sector Reforms Commission Chairperson, Frederick Chomba, called on her at her office in Kafue this morning, Ms Ngulube stated that the fight against corruption cannot be successful without the effective judiciary system.
She explained that members of the public in Kafue are facing many legal and judicial related challenges because the district has no legal office where they can seek advice.
The District Commissioner further observed that cases of child marriages, GBV and defilement require a strong legal and judiciary system in place.
She disclosed that members of the public in Kafue report cases of child marriages, GBV and defilement but later withdraw because of police intimidation, interference and ill-guidance which she said has contributed to the escalating number of such cases.
Ms Ngulube disclosed that the population of Kafue has grown tremendously such that the current court facilities are not adequate, adding that the situation has worsened as the people of Chiawa in Chirundu are also crossing over to access legal services in Kafue.
She said the district, which has a population of over 141,000 people, only has one magistrate’s court and one local court.
And Commission Chairperson, Frederick Chomba, said answers to the challenges facing the people of Zambia in accessing justice lay in themselves hence the need for them to make appropriate submissions to the commission so that the commission can be made to reform the system.
Justice Chomba stated that the Commission alone do not have answers but assured the DC that at the end of the process government will look at the recommendations of the Commission to make amendments to the laws so that people are served better.
He said the Commission will not only end up in Lusaka province but will go round the country to ensure that all Zambians submit the petitions to reform the legal and justice sector.
The Legal and Justice Sector Reforms Commission is winding up public sittings in Lusaka Province with Kafue District being the last of the selected five.
The Commission has been to Lusaka, Luangwa, Chongwe, Chirundu and now Kafue Districts and will later this year proceed to other provinces yet to be announced.