Rufunsa hosts first ever circuit court session

Rufunsa District Commissioner, Richard Mabena , together with a cross section of the community , has commended government for introducing a circuit court in the Town.

Mr. Mabena says the development will  not only help in dispensing justice in the area but also ensure good governance.

ZANIS reports that speaking at the first ever session of the circuit court in the area, the District Commissioner however called for  establishment of a permanent magistrate court in the Town.

A circuit court hold its sessions at various intervals in different sections of a judicial district.

And Non-governmental Organisation Coordinating Council has welcomed the introduction of the circuit court in the area challenged with a number of judicial issues such as early marriages and  defilements,  among others.

NGO – CC focal point person Matildah Kasumbalesa  said  that  the coming of the circuit court will provide accessible judicial services to the community which in the recent past travelled distances to Luangwa Town , when need arises.

And the opposition Patriotic Front in the area has also commended government for the development  saying the circuit court as it will reduce costs of traveling to Luangwa for court sessions.

PF District Chairman, Emmanuel Tembo however appealed to the new dawn government to consider upgrading the police post in Rufunsa.

“ It is costly for suspects to be taken to Luangwa Town where Rufunsa Police Posts reports. Rufunsa now has  all the required infrastructure to establish a Police Station, “ he said.

The development is in line with the new dawn  government’s pledge on reforming the country’s constitutional reforms which have historically been manipulated to safeguard the interests of governing parties.

The appointments of a well-respected Chief Justice and other judicial service officeholders in November , 2021 were welcomed as significant moves for the prospect of much needed judicial reforms.  

And during its sitting the circuit court heard how a 93 year old grandfather allegedly defiled his three year old granddaughter.

This was after a medical Doctor at St. Luke’s Mpanshya Mission Hospital has told the circuit court that this was confirmed after bruises were found on the minor’s private parts confirming evidence of penetration.

Dr. Peter Kapembwa told magistrate Allan Kangwa that he examined the child who was brought by the mother to St. Luke’s Mpanshya mission Hospital on the 11th April, 2022 and found bruises on her private parts confirming that there was actual penetration.

Speaking during a cross-examination by Public Prosecutor Biemba Mbande Kapembwa,  the medical doctor said he later admitted the minor for treatment.

The matter has been adjourned.  

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