Phalombe district commissioner (DC) Harry Phiri has said the provision of 120 bicycles worth K21 million to primary justice volunteers in the district is expected to improve delivery of justice.
The DC made the remarks on Tuesday when presenting the bicycles donated by United Kingdom’s British Department for International Development (DfID), which supports primary justice projects in the district.
Phiri said the past primary justice, which is a project implemented by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), has been rocked with mobility challenges that crippled the operations of volunteers who are the hub of the project.
“These volunteers are the ones that collect cases concerning disagreements in their communities and provide legal advice that leads to reconciliation at community level before they reach the courts. Where a case is more complicated, they take it to our local tribunals that help them address it,” he said.
Phiri said where people reconcile before taking their disagreements to the courts of law, there is an opportunity of reducing case overload at the courts.
One of the volunteers, Jenifer Chirombo, of Bwanaisa Village in Traditional Authority Nkhumba said mobility in the course of their work will be displayed in the reduction of minor cases that reach the courts of law.