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Construction of Chibombo urban court stalls

By CHAMBO NG’UNI
CONSTRUCTION of the first ever urban court in Chibombo in Central Province at a cost of K867,000 has stalled due to delays by Government to release funds for the project.
Chibombo district commissioner Felix Mang’wato said the contractor of the project, JBD Greentech Investments limited, has since demobilised.
Mr Mang’wato said in an interview that 95 percent of works on the project is complete.
“This court is right behind my office. Works should have been complete by now and it should have started operating but the contractor has not been receiving funding hence demobilised,” Mr Mang’wato said.
He called for the quick completion of the project as delays have resulted in some electric installations being vandalised by unknown people.
The district commissioner, however, expressed optimism that Government would soon release the funds to enable the contractor complete the project.
Mr Mang’wato said the absence of subordinate Courts in the district has negatively affected the delivery of justice.
“Chibombo district has no subordinate court and all cases are handled either in Chisamba and or Kabwe. This is difficult and expensive for people from this area to seek justice,” Mr Mang’wato said.
Mr Mang’wato said the urban court under construction will also be used as Subordinate court once complete.
He said inadequate court infrastructure across the country has resulted in delays in the dispensation of justice.
Mr Mang’wato implored Government to consider constructing subordinate courts in the district.

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