By SYLVIA MWEETWA. –
KABWE High Court Judge-in-Charge Dominic Sichinga has welcomed the Presidential assent to the Constitution amendments saying the move will help transform the Judiciary.
Justice Sichinga further said there was need to support the Constitution amendments because this was a step in the right direction.
Speaking during the ceremonial opening of the Kabwe High Court criminal sessions on Monday, Justice Sichinga said the signing of the document was another way of transforming the judicial system which was key to Zambia’s development.
He commended Government for the financial support to the Judiciary and construction of local courts in the province.
Mr Sichinga said the Judiciary in Kabwe would work hard to ensure cases were disposed of on time.
He, however, appealed to the Government to continue addressing challenges in the Judiciary.
And Central Province Minister Davis Chisopa assured Government’s commitment to addressing concerns raised by the Judiciary and that President Edgar Lungu was interested in the quick dispensation of justice.
He said infrastructure development for the Judiciary remained key, but appealed to lawyers not to shun representing the poor or the marginalised.
Earlier, the court heard that as at yesterday the number of prisoners in Central Province stood at 4, 297 according to Mukobeko Maximum Prison officer in-charge Hastings Chilombe.
Some accused persons have since taken plea on murder, manslaughter and causing death by dangerous driving cases.