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Zambia’s legal system poor-friendly – Wina

INONGE WINA

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says the effectiveness of a country’s legal system is measured by the level of access to justice for the poorest and most vulnerable in society.
Mrs Wina said she is glad that Zambia is one of the first countries in Africa to recognise the need to improve access to justice for people at the grassroots.
“In 1974, the Commission for Investigations was established as Zambia’s Ombudsman’s office and the office of the Investigator General, established by the Constitution as the office of the Ombudsman in Zambia,” she said.
Mrs Wina said the Commission for Investigations was recently transformed into the office of the Public Protector, effectively converting it into a Parliamentary Ombudsman.
Mrs Wina was speaking yesterday when she officiated at the Ombudsman Mediators Association (AOMA) and the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) member countries’ meeting at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.
She said access to justice by the poor and vulnerable is dear to her heart because she was once a human rights activist.
“The barometric reading may be at its lowest point due to various socio-economic and political difficulties that the continent is facing.  However, throughout the African continent, there is a revolution and a great political will to ensure that access to justice for the majority of the African people is both attainable and attained,” Mrs Wina said.
She said Zambia will always support efforts aimed at promoting democracy and the rule of law.






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