Blantyre City Council (BCC) has warned that Midima Magistrate’s Court in Limbe risks closure if it does not have functional toilets, running taps and if tall grass around the premises is not slashed.
A visit to the court this week showed that the premises have no running water, no working toilets with septic tanks that are spilling over.
But BCC director of health Emmanuel Kanjunjunju downplayed the problem, but said if the situation is not sorted out within seven days, they will close the court.
“I am waiting for a report from our officials who visited the place, but if that is not sorted out, then we have no choice but to close it because people cannot work at a place where there are no toilets,” he said.
Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula said the issue needs to be sorted out soon because issues of health are paramount.
“Sanitation is always paramount and we cannot compromise people’s lives and the situation needs to be corrected as soon as possible.
Blantyre Water Board (BWB) spokesperson Priscilla Mateyu said she needed to check with the responsible department to find out when the water supply was disconnected.n