Prison congestion still high in Eastern Province – judge

By Staff Reporter

The judiciary in Eastern Province has said congestion has continued to be a challenge in correctional facilities.

Officiating at the opening of the 2018 High court session in Chapati, Lusaka-based judge Mwape Bowa said, he learnt that the existing facilities were inadequate to carter for the number of convicts.

And Judge Bowa said Chipata High Court did not have a resident judge  due to lack of infrastructure.

He said the judiciary was aware that a piece of land was secured for the High Court in Chipata and asked government to release funds for construction of infrastructure.

Judge Bowa said the judiciary in Chipata was lacking court rooms, forcing magistrates to use office chambers.

He said Nyimba district had no resident magistrate due to lack of a court house, stating that the state of affairs contributed to the delay in the disposal of cases.

And Judge Bowa said the province had only two Legal Aid lawyers who were not enough to carter for the whole province.
He said that had led to many cases being adjourned due to the advocates’ inability to represent their clients.